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?
- Peter Levine, associate dean and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Follow Peter on Twitter.
- Victoria Massey, a senior at Charlestown High School and a member of the Hyde Square Task Force. Follow the Hyde Square Task Force on Twitter and Facebook.