• Christburg-Webb, Sheyann
  • Like others, 8 year old Sheyann was willing to give up her life for equality.
  • Like others, 8 year old Sheyann was willing to give up her life for equality.
  • Like others, 8 year old Sheyann was willing to give up her life for equality.

Sheyann Loves Waffles, Nickelodeon, and Qwilfish

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Sheyann Webb: I saw Dr. King as a strong, medium-sized, patient man. A leader, one who could talk and deliver, and you could receive his message regardless how old you were. If you would just look at him, there was a message that was coming from him visually without him even speaking a word and I believe, you know, a lot of people ask me, how could you be so young at the age of seven, eight years old to become so involved in the civil rights movement when you really didn't know what it was all about. I really didn't know what it was all about, but he was the person who really kept me involved. And wanted me to continue to be interested in whatever that struggle was about and as a result of that, I grew up in the movement and realized what was happening little by little but he was the factor. It was just, it was an, he was an incredible person. It's just so difficult for me to explain, but his message just came from his outer appearance as well as his heart. So he was a great person, that's all I could say. He was a great person, a great leader, a strong, and most of all, he was patient.

Sheyann travels around the country telling her story about what happened on . As a nine-year-old she says that, that day changed her life for ever.

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Rachel W. Nelson and Sheyann Webb

Eight-year-old Sheyann Webb was among the youngest activists to demonstrate during the Civil Rights movement. In this interview, Webb recalls her decision to participate in the 1965 voting-rights march from Selma, Alabama, the resistance she encountered from her parents, and the violent force used by local officials to stop the march.