This course examines the historic value of the Civil Rights Movement and the role played by youth and “ordinary” people. Students begin the exploration on campus, studying both the social and political roots of the movement, as well as the ongoing current issues in civil rights. Students then fly to Birmingham, Alabama, where, like the Freedom Riders, they will travel by bus to the historical institutes, museums, memorials, churches and parks in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama where civil rights history was made. Students will visit and attend a service at the 16th Street Baptist Church; Kelly Ingram Park, where the Children’s March started; and walk the streets where Bull Connor used dogs and fire hoses on the student marchers. They will travel to and walk across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the scene of “Bloody Sunday,” and follow the route of the Selma to Montgomery March. After returning to campus, students create a final project based on what they have learned.
Although this movement took place five decades ago, its meaning and impact resonate with today’s human rights issues. And the student activists from the movement are powerful role models for today’s youth.
Linda Rose Winters and Zachary Ramirez
Travel Dates: December 9-December 13, 2016
Travel Fee: $900