Book cover: The Youngest Marcherby Cynthia Levinson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
Grades 1-5


Audrey Faye Hendricks was only 9-years-old, but she wasn’t going to let age stop her from doing what she knew in her heart was right.

Audrey grew up during segregation in the 1960s, when the color of her skin determined where she was allowed to go to school and the resources to which she was given access.

Audrey knew she had to fight for her future, so at age nine, Audrey allowed herself to be arrested.

She was one of more than 3,000 children to be arrested as part of the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama and is often referred to as the youngest known marcher.

In this simple book, young Audrey’s brave story is shared so that readers won’t forget the power of even the smallest of us to effect change.

Author Cynthia Levinson spent more than three years doing research for her book, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.

When she met Audrey Faye Hendricks, she was inspired to write a book for young readers about Audrey’s courageous act.

Use The Youngest Marcher to explore issues such as segregation, civil rights, racism, equality, courage, and collective action.