Honors and Friends Travel to Selma and Montgomery
Posted on June 11, 2018 by Honors
On March 3 and 4, 2018, the Honors College along with friends from the Student Government, the Collegiate One Hundred, and Swansea University traveled to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, where we experienced past and present moments in the history of civil rights and the black freedom struggle.
In Montgomery we walked its markers of the slave trade, visited Martin Luther King’s Dexter Avenue Church, and took in the beautiful granite and water Civil Rights Memorial designed by Maya Lin. We also saw the Equal Justice Institute and visited the site of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice—the lynching memorial that opened in April. Jesse Jackson was also in Montgomery, and we were fortunate enough to run into him—and to talk and take photos—in front of King’s Dexter Avenue Church.
That evening we talked through our day over dinner, s’mores, and a campfire at YCMA Camp Chandler, and then left early the next morning for the Annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee on Sunday, March 4. We started our visit to Selma by listening to Georgia Representative John Lewis recount his beating on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, then joined the commemorative march before returning to Mobile.