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CDD Cosponsors Honors English Class Spring Break Trip to Civil Rights Movement Locations

This Spring 2014, CDD Advisory Board member Jack Selzer led a group of undergraduate students enrolled in his honors “Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement” course on a week-long Spring Break bus tour of notable Civil Rights Movement locations. The trip was sponsored in part by the Center for Democratic Deliberation.

Penn State students with Civil Rights Movement leader Julian Bond.
(Photo credit: Dominique Ricciardi)

The students visited a number of storied Civil Rights Movement locations, including the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963; Greensboro, North Carolina, where the student sit-in movement began in 1960; Highlander Folk School in the mountains of Tennessee, where civil rights workers trained in non-violence; the “Sweet Auburn” district of Atlanta, home to King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King National Historical Site; and Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, where three of the most celebrated civil rights campaigns took place. Throughout the trip, students had the opportunity to meet personally with surviving veterans of the Freedom Struggle. This trip also offered ample opportunity for discussions and activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of this significant episode in American history.

As the students traveled, they tweeted and blogged about their experiences. To view some of their photos and commentary, visit their Storify page or the “PSU Freedom Tour 2014” Course Blog.

Students visit the Civil Rights Memorial at the
Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.  
(Photo credit: Laura Brown)