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Sheyann Webb- Christburg

Civil Rights Activist, MLK's Smallest Freedom Fighter and The Recipient Of The Congressional Gold Medal from President Obama in 2016

Civil rights & voting rights activist, author, humanitarian & the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal From President Barack Obama.

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Civil rights & voting rights activist, author, humanitarian & the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal From President Barack Obama.These are only a few words to describe a woman of humble beginnings who has become an inspiration to the world. Sheyann Webb-Christburg, a native of Selma, Alabama has been a voice of justice, equality, courage, commitment and character since the tender age of eight.  Nationally known as the co-author of the book “Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days”, which was later made into an NAACP Image Award nominated Disney Movie. Sheyann will release her second book, “Didn’t Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Sheyann, has appeared on nationally televised shows including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, The Tom Joyner Show, and numerous other major media radio and television shows as well as being featured in the PBS documentary, “Eyes on the Prize”, and most recently being portrayed in the award winning 2014 film, “Selma”.

Sheyann Webb-Christburg, named the “Smallest Freedom Fighter” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began her lifelong journey to fight for civil rights by participating in the now infamous “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma and taking part in numerous mass meetings held at the historical Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church.  After meeting Dr. King, she quickly realized that the injustices she had always questioned were in fact not right and she could finally begin to fight for the justice deserved by her family, friends, community and her entire race.

As a precocious eight year old, Sheyann actively participated in three major historical marches, “Bloody Sunday,” “Turn Around Tuesday,” and “Selma”, the successful march from Selma to Montgomery.

Sheyann was a part of the integration of her all white junior high school in Selma where she endured many horrific acts of hatred  including being pushed down stairs, called bad names and spat on.  However, Sheyann was undeterred and went on to attend Tuskegee University and graduate with honors in 1979. This has been Ms. Webb-Christburg’s motto in life, to persevere through hardship.

Despite the brutality, violence and hatred she faced as a child, Sheyann dedicated herself to making a change in the world through the Civil Rights Movement and, on a personal level, to living everyday with love, grace and compassion.

Sheyann continues to be a mentor to the youth of today by sharing her story as well as the story of those who marched alongside her all those years ago.

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    Dr. King’s Smallest Freedom Fighter
    This title depicts my childhood memories growing up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others. I speak on my growing up in the midst of experiencing racial discrimination, violence, injustices, inequality, and death of people who were fighting for their inalienable rights. My story also chronicles the influence and motivation in which Dr. King had on me and how my life as a child was impacted by this great man. This topic will also reveal my experiences as the youngest child on the Bloody Sunday March on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

    My Life in the Civil Rights Movement
    Audiences will hear Sheyann’s talk about how she became a civil rights activist in her native Selma, Alabama where she fought for the right to vote.

    Still Marching After All These Years: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
    In 1960, civil rights activists marched for the right to eat at lunch counters and to vote. Some rights were achieved but the right to vote is under attack. Without the civil rights movement there would be no Black Lives Matter movement. This is an insightful speech on how the civil rights movement was a springboard for other social movements: women’s rights, student’s rights the rights of the elderly, and many others, especially the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Women Who Made the Civil Rights Movement
    Women played critical roles in the civil rights movement. Sheyann speaks about the women who were the backbone of the movement.

    60 Years of Voting & the Challenge Continues
    An in-depth talk about how current efforts to dismantle the Voting Rights Act and to prevent the African Americans from voting must be fought.

    Civil Rights, Women & War: Movements of the Sixties that Shaped America
    Audiences will hear Sheyann’s talk on how these three movements reshaped America and expanded the rights of minorities and women.





    Social Justice

    Selma 55 Years later   

    Dr. Martin Luther King’s Smallest Freedom Fighter

    From Selma, AL to Washington, D.C.:  The Journey to Voting Equality

    My childhood experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Growing up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement

    A Conversation: behind the scenes award winning film, “Selma”



    Sheyann Web Christburgh On Oprah

    Remembering John Lewis, youngest child at Bloody Sunday recalls his sacrifice

    "Selma" Comes To Your School!

    Sheyann Webb Christburg On MSNBC: Selma: 50 Years Later

    Sheyann Webb Christburg Speaker - PDA Speakers

    Marching with Dr. King

    Sheyann Webb-Christburg Inspiring Speech - PDA Speakers