A new national movement for education justice has been born all across the country, to defend public education from those who would destroy it.
"We are not going without a fight!" declared nine-year-old Asean Johnson, a third grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary School. "We shall not be moved today!"
"Everything is very democratic," says Melvin Maclin. "We operate by one man one vote. We run things just like in our local. Our fight is far from over. At least we have a base to work from."
The action at Herbert is one of 61 school closures, mergers and turnarounds announced by CPS. It will be the largest number of school closures in U.S. history.
Thousands of teachers, parents, students and city residents protested the announcement by Chicago Board of Education that it will close 54 schools effecting 30,000 students.
Chicago has become the national spotlight for gun violence, especially affecting African American teenagers and children.
Ninety percent of students affected would be African American, an action that would be another destabilizing blow to African American communities.
Prayers poured in from around the country for Jonylah Watkins, the six month-old baby girl who died this morning after being shot five times.
Hundreds of students, teachers, parents, staff members, and allies packed Chicago's Fuller Park Fieldhouse Thursday night.
In 1983, Washington won the Democratic mayoral primary and later was elected the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.