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In May 1963 news photographer Charles Moore was on hand to document the Childrens Crusade, a civil rights protest. But the photographs he took that day did more than document an event; they helped change history. His photograph of a trio of African-American teenagers being slammed against a building by a blast of water from a fire hose was especially powerful. The image of this brutal treatment turned Americans into witnesses at a time when hate and prejudice were on trial. It helped rally the civil rights movement and energized the public, making civil rights a national problem needing a national solution. And it paved the way for Congress to finally pass laws to give citizens equal rights regardless of the color of their skin. .

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Shelley Tougas

Shelley Tougas writes fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens. Shelley is a former journalist who also worked in public relations. Her award-winning book, "Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration," landed on the top ten lists of Booklist and School Library Journal. Her most recent novel, "A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids," was selected as a 2017 Outstanding Book by the Wisconsin Library Association. Shelley lives near the Twin Cities.

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