Students from a UW-Stout class are heading south for spring break, but their destination isn’t the popular beaches of Florida.
The 20 students, from Short Term Cultural Experience taught by Kirby Harless, are taking a nine-day civil rights history tour, beginning Friday, March 15. They will visit seven cities in five states and participate in a service learning project.
Spring break is March 18-22 at UW-Stout.
Their itinerary includes visits to important civil rights historic sites, such as:
• Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the home church of Martin Luther King, Jr. and where his funeral was held. They will attend a church service.
• The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change in Atlanta
• National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The site where King was assassinated in 1968 has been turned into a museum.
• Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, where nine black students integrated the all-white school in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957
The UW-Stout group also will meet with two civil rights movement pioneers. They will have dinner in Atlanta with Charles Person, the youngest of the 1961 freedom riders. In Selma, Ala., they will tour historic sites with Joanne Bland, who was the youngest person, 11, jailed after the 1965 Bloody Sunday civil rights march.
Also, in New Orleans the group plans to volunteer for a day in the Treme neighborhood, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, and to tour Tulane University.
The students are part of ASPIRE Student Support Services, a federal grant-funded program at UW-Stout. For more information, click here.
This is the second year the trip has been held.