Before Greta Thunberg, before Emma González, before Malala Yousafzai, there was Barbara Johns.
Johns kickstarted America’s student-led movement for civil rights in education in 1951, when she launched a walkout of her fellow students at the all-Black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville. She was sixteen at the time. She planned the walkout to secure a safer, newer, more equitable facility for her classmates. Read more about: “Like Reaching for the Moon”