In 1951 Barbara Rose Johns, a 16-year-old at the time, organized a student walkout to protest the unequal funding that her all black high school received, in comparison to the all white school across town. This article from Yes! Magazine details the organizing power that the students used to strategically meet with community members in order to address their schools issues. Barbara Johns was a key student voice that refused to be quieted in the face of Jim Crow and she was involved in a court case that later became part of Brown v. Board of Education.
Click this LINK to read her story.