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Spring Break Civil Rights Tour

Civil Rights Tour

Professors Courtney McDermott and Sha-Lai Williams Woodson spent their Spring break with Social Work and Honors students on a whirlwind tour of key Civil Rights Movement locations. They visited Memphis, TN and visited the Civil Rights Museum, saw the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Birmingham, AL where they visited Kelly Ingram Park famous as a staging ground for the Civil Rights Movement where children taking part in the children's movement were attacked. Across the street from the park, they visited the 16th Street Baptist Church known as the site where four young girls were killed in a 1963 bombing. They also toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where they viewed a signed copy of Brown vs the Board of Ecuation and the door to the jail cell where MLK wrote his famous "Letter from a Birmingham jail."

The group next visited Selma, AL and walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the Bloody Sunday attack. There they also visited the Selma Interpretive Center and the National Voting Rights Museum. The last leg of their trip took them to Montgomery, AL where they visited the Civil Rights Memorial Center which remembers 40 individuals killed from 1954-1968 in the fight for civil rights, including social worker Michael Schwerner. They also visited the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr King was pastor for six years and the Freedom Riders Museum-formerly the Greyhound Bus Terminal where Freedom Riders were attacked in a 4 hour long riot. 

Read the UMSL Daily's blog coverage of the tour: Civil Rights Tour gives students chance to experience history firsthand

Lorraine Motel16th Street Baptist Church

jailed childrenstatue children unjailedBrown v the Board of EducationMLK Birmingham jail

Bloddy Sunday Attack plaqueEdmund Pettus Bridge

Civil rights Memorial CenterMichael Henry Schwerner

Freedom Riders MemorialVoting Rights Museum