The children of the civil rights era continue to tell their stories of how 1960s America shaped the present day U.S. as well as their own lives.

Author Willie Mae Brown joined Cheddar News to talk about her children's book "My Selma," in which she tells the story of her younger life through the voice of her 12-year-old self.

"What I wanted people to know is that we had a life, even though we were fighting our own war for voter rights registration and to be equal with our white brethren," she told Cheddar News.

Brown spoke of her experience being a young child and being shipped off to the local jail after she and other students protested against unjust voting laws. The incident moved her father to demand a meeting with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"When I started to write the book, people said, 'why do you want to do that? That's old, that's done. Everything is finished.' But nothing with this movement that we had is finished now," she said.

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