SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2012

During spring break 2012, students, faculty and staff are taking a nine-day bus ride through the American South to visit civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. Political Science Professor Dennis Simon leads the pilgrimage with SMU’s Chaplain’s Office.

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An update from Kim, a Master of Liberal Studies student:

Shirley Cherry, our tour guide at Martin Luther King's home: "I was 10 years old when Emmett Till was murdered. My parents, they told me to stay in my place if I didn't want to be like him." Cherry marvels at the man who preached, "It's Safe to Murder Negroes in Montgomery." "That's why I wanted to tell you about Martin Luther King," she said.

Pilgrims at the Southern Poverty Law Center's powerful memorial, designed by the same woman who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names of 40 Civil Rights heroes are engraved into the surface of the fountain.

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