During the 2009-2010 bar year, the ABA Young Lawyers Division presented the 2009-2010 Public Service Project, They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. The project was designed to educate 11th and 12th grade students about the civil rights struggles that have occurred since the 1950s and to inspire them to become future leaders.
The project centered on a 28-minute film that highlights the Civil Rights Movement and the courageous acts of young people that made a profound impact on history. The film, narrated by renowned civil rights leader and NAACP Chairman, Julian Bond, features historic events such as the Sit-In Movement, freedom rides, marches, protests, and voting rights. A written curriculum guide was provided to assist educators in implementing the project and includes discussion questions and activities for educators to use with their class.
Originally produced by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), the ABA Young Lawyers Division adopted They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement with the goal of implementing the project on a national level.