Thursday, November 19, 2015

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Hello! My name is Maria Valenzuela. I am also a planner for the next Civil Rights Pilgrimage during spring break. I am currently a Sophomore majoring in History and Latina/o Studies.

I went on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage last semester, and I am very glad I did. I was very hesitant to do it at first but after talking to January I was immediately convinced that the pilgrimage would be a great experience. The week long trip opened my eyes to the complexity of the Civil Rights movement. We are really deprived of so much information about this movement, and I think this trip did an amazing job at filling in information that I did not know. One of the most unforgettable moments of the trip for me was at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. I decided to do a sit-in simulation and the experience felt so real. I felt like people were really screaming at me. It was a very powerful moment. The trip overall was equally as powerful.

     Along with the planning committee, we have been working to create a Civil Rights Pilgrimage that is equally as powerful. This trip does such good at a time where racial issues are still VERY prevalent. For this trip, I am in charge of Atlanta, GA; Selma, AL; and Birmingham AL. I am equally as excited for this trip and hope everyone who is part of it has an amazing, life changing experience as well.  :)

Why the Civil Rights Pilgrimage?

Hello Everyone, My name is Ronald Oliver, and I am one of the trip planners for the upcoming Civil Rights trip (2015/16). I am a Sophomore here at the University, studying Early-childhood Education.

 I attended the Civil Rights Pilgrimage last semester and was able to meet so many amazing people, form new connections, and learn more about the not so talked about aspects of the civil rights era. One of my favorite places we visited was Greensboro, North Carolina. In Greensboro we were given the opportunity to hear the stories of those individuals who were involved in the sit-ins, and see their courageous battle to gain equality.

The planning committee and I have been working strenuously to plan a trip that highlights and forms connections between new information and your own previous knowledge. This year I will be in charge of Greensboro, North Carolina & Little Rock, Arkansas. I am really excited to be a planner this year. This trip will be unforgettable.

                                             Here are a few photos for your enjoyment. :)