An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at “Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador”: Now I lay me down to sleep, God help my exhausted feet If I should die before I wake, God bless my joy it is no mistake For I have found the fuel that ignites, the fire in the darkest nights The fire is from God above, the essence His unchanging love Today (Wednesday, March 12, 2014) we visited an agency called Pro Search Association of El Salvador. The goal of this agency is to find missing children. A stark contrast to our earlier visit to a [...]
Our final hours in Williamsburg flew by in a flurry of packing our scattered belongings and rushing to the gift shop for last-minute souvenirs. At 9:30, we shoved our suitcases in the back seat of the van and clambered into our customary seats for a quick two-hour drive to Charlottesville. When we arrived at the hotel, we had just enough time to stash our belongings in Dr. Doyle’s hotel room before we walked over to the University of Virginia campus. I wasn’t sure what it would be like, visiting another college campus as a tour group. Not only did it feel like I was cheating on SMU, but I also felt like a high school student again. But UVA was [...]
An update from Lael C Melville, PsyD, a 2016 M.Div. candidate and president of the Perkins Black Seminarians Association, who also is blogging at “Following the Passion of the Cross to El Salvador”: Each morning a faithful few (Dr. Recinos, Edwin, David, Billy and myself) leave at 6 a.m. for our morning run. What a blessed peaceful time to reiterate old stories and share new stories while simultaneously creating a story in the moment to be told at a later time. Today was no different then the other days that we have been in El Salvador ... full of adventure. Today's adventure took us to: Mister Coffee coffeehouse, tour the Museum UCA and Metropolitan Cathedral (burial site of Monsignor Romero), [...]
An update from Kayla, a sophomore human rights and economics double major: The Civil Rights Memorial and Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, opened my eyes to what fighting for human rights is all about; it's not doing something to make you feel good, and it's not helping out one group and neglecting others. It's about fighting for the freedom and equality of everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, etc. It's about being the better person not because it makes you look better, but because it makes the community at large a better place for future generations. It's about doing right for all humans. Although in the back of my mind I had known this the whole time, today it was [...]
An update from Melanie Johnson, coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: To meet the civil rights leaders Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Graetz in my lifetime is phenomenal. They fought for rights they had that others didn't, and for that their house was bombed three times and their lives threatened numerous times. I can't say it enough – THANK YOU!!!
An update from Karma, a junior majoring in political science and human rights, with a minor in law and legal reasoning: Throughout my experience as a human rights major, and especially throughout my experience on this trip, I have thought a lot about our education system. What I find particularly distressing about our education system is the lack of holistic information we receive in elementary, middle and high school about the civil rights movement, and about our history in general. When we learn about our history, we learn about it in such a distant and isolated manner. For example, when we learn about the persecution of Native Americans, we learn about it as if their persecution was that of an ancient time, [...]
An update from Celesstia, a senior political science and Spanish major with minors in philosophy and German: This trip has been more powerful than I anticipated. I knew that this would be a tremendous learning experience, but today I finally fully understood that I’m not only learning about history that before this week seemed far removed from me, but I am also learning about myself. I am learning more about who I am and the kind of person I want to be. Participating in this pilgrimage made me realize that we are all connected to the civil rights movement. Not only do we all directly benefit from the work and sacrifices of thousands of people, but in many ways the [...]
The day starts with a generous breakfast in the seminary’s large dining hall. Even with all the activity of the past days, a trend is apparent among many of us – the ample and tasty meals are definitely, shall we say, preventing any concerns about undue weight loss! Wanda, director of the Kairós Center in Matanzas, in an animated conversation with Perkins Professor Rebekah Miles A brief worship service in the seminary’s beautiful chapel readies us for a trip to the Kairós Center. (The seminary's architectural character reflects the fact that this special place is a gift from their Episcopalian partners.) The Kairós Center describes itself as a “Christian center that cultivates and promotes liturgy that integrates art and [...]
An update from Bettye, who is earning her Master of Liberal Studies: Yesterday, at Alabama State University, I had the great honor of sitting beside Dr. Julian Bond. A memory forever. Keep marching!!!