Local students participate in the National Student Walkout in Boston on March 14, 2018.

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Is Student-Led Activism A Driving Force For Change In America?

March 23, 2018

Alexander Hamilton wrote his first political pamphlet as a student at King’s College, now known as Columbia University, when he was 17 years old. On Feb. 1, 1960, four college freshmen started the lunch-counter sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina. Three years later, the “Children’s Crusade” in Birmingham, Alabama, involved children as young as 7 in peaceful protests against segregation. And this weekend, a group of high school students who got the nation to say “Never Again” will lead thousands at the March For Our Lives.

Student-led activism has always been a part of American culture. Could it be one of the country's driving forces for change?

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