Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2014
2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.
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Little Rock Central High School
An update from Lisa, senior human rights and psychology double major:
Little Rock Central High School – site of the Little Rock Nine integration implementation in 1957.
Tree in front of Little Rock Central High School
Display of an experiment conducted to investigate the effects of segregation on children in the museum section of the LRCHS National Historic Site. Black and white children favored white baby dolls over black dolls during a series of categorized tests.
Protestors for segregation – Recognize any commonalities to modern time political and social issues?
Lady Opportunity – One of the Greek goddess located above the main entrance of Little Rock Central High School. This statue displays “Opportunity.” Ironically the school was originally for whites only.
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