Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Where Dr. King felt doubt

An update from Michelle, a sophomore human rights and anthropology major: Montgomery, Alabama, is a city full of history in regards to the civil rights movement. We saw only a part of that today, including the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King was pastor, the Civil Rights Memorial, the Dexter Parsonage and the Freedom Riders Museum. We had an awesome talk with Reverend and Mrs. Graetz, Vera Harris and her daughter. One moment of the day that really stuck out to me was when we were visiting the Parsonage, where the King family lived from 1956 to 1960. His house looked just as I imagined any house to look at the time. While in that stereotypical kitchen, [...]

2013-03-13T16:37:00+00:00 March 12th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

A little bit of R&R: Research Recreation!

An update from Katelyn, a sophomore majoring in journalism, Spanish and political science, and conducting research on the Supreme Court's opinions on student rights: Today was our first full day of researching in the Library of Congress, and it’s already shaping up to be an interesting week. Just got our Library of Congress reader cards! I’m researching the Supreme Court’s change in opinion on student rights in schools from the time of Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) through the current courts. I’m using the papers of the justices to get a full idea of how, and more important, why the Court changed its view of student rights in schools. Before any of us could look at our specific research [...]

2013-03-13T18:55:29+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Like coming home again

An update from Brandon B., a third-year political science, history and English major who is conducting research on "swing Justices" on the Court: As I got off the plane at Washington Reagan National Airport, hopped on the DC Metro Orange Line, unpacked my bags at the Ballston Comfort Inn, all I could think was, "It's just like coming home again." Of course I'm not actually from this area, and I've only been to Washington, D.C., once, but going through all the procedures and preparations for this seminar once again certainly felt familiar to me. My experience on this trip is unique compared to most other students in that it's my second time participating in Professor Kobylka's Supreme Court seminar. While some [...]

2013-03-13T16:16:48+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Blisters and Byron

An update from Kristine, a sophomore majoring in real estate finance and minoring in law and legal reasoning and Spanish, who is researching Justice Byron White’s position in libel cases over his tenure on the Court and why he ultimately called for the reversal of his opinion in the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan: Starting at 3 a.m. on Monday, my mind and body have been running nonstop; hence, my two little pinky toes are about to fall off. After landing safely in D.C., we hopped on the metro (although it wasn’t that easy since the machines take only $1, $5, and $10 bills) to the most perfect hotel in Ballston, Virginia (as it has complimentary breakfast). Shortly [...]

2013-03-18T19:59:44+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

An original drawing from Thomas Jefferson

An update from Brandon F., a sophomore political science and accounting major who is conducting research on the development and eventual end of Brown v. Board’s doctrine of “All Deliberate Speed...”: So far, so good. Since 4 a.m. Monday, we’ve been on the go. With Day 1 consisting of touring the Jefferson building of the Library of Congress, pictures outside the Supreme Court, and the always hectic airport, we couldn’t ask for a better start to the week. Today marked the first day of research at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Upon sitting down at our tutorial session, I see an enormous folder containing an original drawing from Thomas Jefferson. As we circulate these amazing documents, the magnitude of the [...]

2013-03-14T15:20:20+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Our point of uncertainty

An update from Genesis, a junior political science and human rights major: Today was filled with so many things. The Civil Rights Memorial, Alabama State University lunch, King Parsonage, Dexter Avenue Church and dinner with the Gretzes, Veera Harris and Dr. Varla Montgomery at O'Dessa's. Where to begin? Where to begin? Well, the Civil Rights Memorial is amazing because it fills in the places where other museums leave off. Such as the 13-year-old boy who was killed the same day as the church bombing that killed four little girls. It keeps not only its visitors but also the world abreast of those who continually want to spread hatred. Lunch at Alabama State University was fun. At this HBCU (historically black college [...]

2013-03-18T19:47:47+00:00 March 12th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Reminders of racism

An update from Hayley, a junior majoring in anthropology, French and human rights: Day three was a really fun, rejuvenating day! I managed to stay awake for the documentary about Nashoba County on the way from Jackson to Philadelphia. The story is so fascinating.  I found it so sad when Chaney’s mother was interviewed, saying that if none of the victims had been white, then her son’s case never would have been touched. It was honestly despicable. His family had to suffer just like the other two victims' families. The most enraging part of the film, however, was any interview with Killen.  That he could still harbor so much hatred for a people that had never done anything to him was unbelievable. It reminded me [...]

2013-03-12T22:27:41+00:00 March 12th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

National Voting Museum and Tabernacle Baptist Church

An update from Jazmin, a senior majoring in Spanish: “Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having your legs cut off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here, 1967 Our day started off at the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. This place was overwhelmed with artifacts and history of the events that occurred during the journey towards voting rights for people of color. I was [...]

2013-03-21T21:22:06+00:00 March 12th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|