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.  :)

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