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.
An update from Ed, who is participating in the pilgrimage with his daughter, Janelle: The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is an exercise in the art of change. It is the concept of change that greeted us this morning. The Arkansas Gazette had on its front page the election of Representative Darrin Williams to be the first black Speaker of the House in the Arkansas legislature. We can legislate policy; however, we cannot legislate fear and hope. It is this same concept - fear by the white Arkansans and hope by black Arkansans - that met at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The fear of what we don’t know still consumes the hearts of our citizens in 2012. The triumph [...]