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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Take the pledge to fight for freedom

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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 thrown in my face. As I took the pledge to fight for human rights in the museum, I took the pledge to make this world a better place than it was when I joined it.

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