A Journey into History: The Struggles and Sacrifices of Civil Rights Pioneers
|Students and staff organizers of the UMD trip. Seated: Cheryl Reitan, Marianne Neba, Phoenix Cobb, and Kaohlee Vue. Standing: Susana Pelayo Woodward, Tyler McMillan (student trip leader), and Chris Davila.|
UMD invites the campus, other colleges and universities, and the community to take a journey into our collective identity as an American people. The motorcoach departs from UMD on Sat. March 15 and returns Sun. March 23, 2014.
This civil rights history tour will travel to Mississippi, Tennessee, and Missouri to provide a rare opportunity to learn from the people who made history.
Meet Robert G. Clark, the first black elected to the Mississippi legislature in the 20th Century. Meet Hollis Watkins, an activist who was repeatedly arrested and jailed for working for voter's rights and who has devoted his life to keeping the music of the movement alive. Meet other activists and the families of activists who continue the struggle for equal rights and justice.
The Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, Miss. with a Medgar Evers exhibit
Beauvoir, Biloxi, Miss., the plantation home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy
The civil rights archive at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Tougaloo College, Jackson, Miss., a HBCU founded in 1869 and center of 1960s civil rights activity
Holmes County, Miss. to meet Robert G. Clark, first black elected to the Mississippi legislature in the 20th Century
Slavehaven, the Underground Railroad Museum, Memphis, Tenn.
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tenn.
St. Louis Courthouse, St. Louis, Mo., home of the Dred Scott Case
Costs: The trip is expected to cost $550 per person (based on 30 participants) and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, six museums/tours, all breakfasts, and six nights in a hotel or motel (two people per room with two single beds). Participants are responsible for seven dinners and four lunches. The motor coach will make stops at grocery stores and fast food places as needed.
Living History: Some of the people on the trip will take part in Living History performances by portraying someone from Civil Rights history for schools and community groups. Choices include: Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Dred Scott, and many others.
Soc 4991, an Independent Study in Sociology, is available for interested UMD students. Contact John Arthur, 218-726-6358, email@example.com. For credit from other independent study courses, contact the professors of those courses. Students taking the trip for credit should see their financial aid counselor, as financial aid may cover the cost of the trip. The deadline for application is Feb 3.
OTHER COLLEGE STUDENTS/COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Contact Mary Cameron 218-726-7161, firstname.lastname@example.org or Cheryl Reitan at 218-726-8996, email@example.com for an application form. Apply by Feb 3.
A non-refundable $25 fee is due upon acceptance.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH
Sponsored by the Black Student Association, the Office of Cultural Diversity, and the African and African American Studies program.
|Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, Miss., with a Medgar Evers Exhibit||Beauvoir, Biloxi, Miss., the plantation home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy||Civil rights archive at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.|
|Tougaloo College, 1869, Jackson, Miss., center of 1960s civil rights activity||Slavehaven, the Underground Railroad Museum, Memphis, Tenn.||St. Louis Courthouse, home of the Dred Scott Case, St. Louis, Mo.|
Story by Cheryl Reitan. January, 2014.