Atlanta, Georgia. Selma, Alabama. Jackson, Mississippi. Little Rock, Arkansas. Birmingham, Alabama. What happened in these cities changed our country and the world.
The best way to learn about the civil rights movement is to walk in the very shoes of its countless leaders, activists and citizens who fought for equal access to voting rights, public education and public transportation. With your help, VCU students can have that incredible opportunity.
Starting in summer 2019, The Civil Rights Movement, an experiential learning course offered by the Department of Political Science in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, will provide a combination of traditional curriculum and in-class seminars that introduce the historical background leading up to the peak years of the struggle for racial equality in America. It will culminate in a two-week trip to include visits to seven Southern cities that are part of the United States Civil Rights Trail.
You could help fund travel costs associated with the course for seven students. A historic or memorial environment can provide learning contexts unknowable or unimaginable from the bounds of a classroom. Reading the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. in the place where he delivered them, learning about court decisions in the buildings they were passed down, crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, walking the halls of Little Rock Central High School — each of these experiences has the power to transport and radically enhance an understanding of the struggle for identity, civil rights and liberties that took place in the 1960s.