Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2010

During Spring Break 2010, students, faculty and staff are taking 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. They will be 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.

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Thank you!

Gavanne.JPG An update from Gavanne, a junior chemistry major, with minors in sociology and business:

I am finally able to put a face to so many names I’ve learned since when I was a little kid. Growing up, I was only able to scratch the surface of great African-American leaders, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Since then, I have had this huge void in my storyline as far as who I am and where I came from. This trip has not only filled that hole, but it is now overflowing.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet so many freedom fighters who fought physically and mentally for me to have a peaceful life. I was able to finally tell someone “Thank You!” Thank you for thinking of me while fighting for justice and equality for all people.

As the trip begins to wind down, we took a break to hang out on Beale Street. We found an exciting place that had karaoke and live music! As we began to dance and sing with the other people inside the hang-out spot, I looked around at all of the faces. I saw blacks, whites, Hispanics and everything in between. It was so beautiful I began to tear up. It was then that I realized, “This is what they died for. This is the life they dreamed for all of us to enjoy!”

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