Marshall's Story By:jenna mccorkel ( for 5th grade)

A young boy named Marshall he grew up the 50s and 60s in Alinta Georgia. During that time period, the was lots of unfair rules against kids like him. Marshall was an African American.

If Marshall wanted to go to the bathroom he would have to walk farther than the white boys would. “This is so unfair why can't we just use the same bathroom as others,” thought Marshall. “We can't even go to the same stores as them”, said Marshall's little sister Abby.

Marshall always wanted to know why he couldn’t be like the other boys, he knows that it's because of the color of their skin but he still didn’t understand.

One day Marshall and his little sister saw that there were lots of people starting to stand up and go against the laws. Abby got scared and went running to her big brother Marshall one day when a group of African Americans started to protest. “Why are they protesting Marshall?”

More and more days keep going by and the crowds get bigger and bigger each day. All the children could hear out of their house was people chanting and say “ equal rights, equal rights!” they thought it was never going to stop.


One day Marshall's Mom brought him his sister to a big rally. “What are we going to mom, is this about the big protest thin?” ask the children.

“Yes kind of it's more of a speech on the opinion of one, actually it's Martin Luther King Jr. who going to speak,” said their mother

Martin give a speech about the equal rights

After that speech, the next day firefighters and police officers were everywhere. I saw so many African Americans getting taken in the cars. “Mother why are they doing this to people, why can't we just be nice to each other,” said Marshall. Mother never responded she just started to cry.

Every day it got more dangerous to go outside and play. Soon the kids would be allowed to go outside anymore because there were so many protesters.

Fun Fact: Rosa Parks the woman in this picture is also another famous person who stood up for whats equal.

Eventually, it got so bad people were getting sprayed with fire hoses and getting shot.

Months have the past and nothing has changed Marshall still has to walk far to go to the bathroom and the protests haven't stopped. It's gotten so out of hand, every day and there’s nothing they can do.

Once Marshall's mother came home she took the children to another speech instead of risking them getting hurt staying at the house. Their mother was super excited for this speech by Martin Luther King Jr, she was sure no one would forget about this dream.

“The speech had started and Martin was talking about a dream he had, he want it to be equal like everyone else did, or at least most people did,” said Marshall.

The I have a dream speech

Marshall still didn’t fully understand what was happening around him but he did know one thing for sure and that was that this will go down in history.

Then finally started to change after that, but not really. One of the presidents at the time started to realize that this was a big problem and he started to create a law to help out. The law would give equal rights to every race, religion, color, and national origin. Martin was so happy to hear that this would stop. “When will the law come to official Marshall?” said Abby. “I hope soon,” responded Marshall,

Within the next year, the law would become official by president Lyndon Johnson. All of the African Americans can finally use the same bathrooms as other people, but some people still didn't’ like that so there were lots of fights. But Marshall knew this as good as it would get for now.

President Lyndon Johnson

Long after the civil rights movements, Marshall tells his grandchildren about all of the stories from when he was young like them. Marshall's main part of the stories he shares talk about how you shall treat everyone equal even if they're different because of it ok to be different.

Atlanta Georgia- Atlanta is the place Martin Luther King Jr. grew up as a kid.

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia.

Martin Luther King Jr.- Martin Luther King Jr. was a very famous person who spoke out about the civil right movements.

President Lyndon Johnson- Lyndon Johnson was the president who signed the law that states all are fair no matter the race, color, religion, or nationality.

Civil Rights Movement- The civil rights movements were a series of events that lead African Americans to have equal rights.

Race- the color of the skin, and different bone structures

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