Sharing Insights from SMU’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage.jpg During spring break 2010, students, faculty and staff participated in SMU’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an eight-day bus ride to the American South’s civil rights landmarks, with stops in Little Rock, Arkansas; Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson and Oxford, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee.

The pilgrims blogged about their experiences on SMU Adventures, including this post from senior Chrysta Brown at Little Rock’s Central High School:

“I cannot imagine trying multiple times to get into a school where the students made it perfectly clear they don’t want you there. I can’t imagine being turned away by military officials. I can’t imagine being driven away in police cars because the crowd suggested a lynching. More than all of that, I can’t imagine going back and trying to get in.”

The pilgrimage was led by Ray Jordan of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life; Dennis Simon, associate professor of political science in Dedman College; and junior Linwood Fields, a political science and English major who participated in the 2009 pilgrimage.

• Read the 2010 Civil Rights Pilgrimage blog.

• Other students blogged about their experiences, including serving in Uganda and doing research in Paris. Read more from SMU News.

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