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Growing Up Boomer: A Generation's Joy and Angst

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The Civil Rights Movement

And so began the idea for a children’s march through downtown. Thousands of kids — baby boomers all — wanted to take part, and Chris and Maxine McNair’s daughter Denise was no exception.

"She wanted to go and march," Chris McNair recalls. "And her mother and another lady told her that, ‘You are too small to march.’ And she immediately looked at them and said, ‘Hey, you're not little. Why aren’t you marching?'"