March 1-7, 2014: Chair of the UW Department of Communication David Domke led a group of 30 people, including alumni and students, on a seven-day trek across the South to landmarks where critical events happened during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s. The collection of stories below contains thoughts, photos, itineraries, and reflections from the inspirational experience.

Mason Temple where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his last speech.

Throughout the week, the group was challenged when learning about difficult moments in our history. It forced us to reevaluate our thoughts on race, justice, equality, and faith. Bellevue College student Joel Allen writes about the contradictory symbol of the…

Bob Zellner

After a week of intense moments, the theme for the last day of our trip was hope. On the 49th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we joined hundreds of school children walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge singing about how nothing…

Group shot in front of Brown Chapel with footsoldier Joanne Bland

As we all reflect on the experiences we had this past week, we are struck with unbelief that we were able to learn and see so many important landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement that we will remember forever. University…

Symbols of the South

After visiting Unit 17 of Parchman Prison where the Freedom Riders were held, Day 5 continued with a tour of the University of Mississippi. Senior journalism student Devon Geary compares the two campuses and writes of the symbols of the…

Acts Heard ‘Round the World

Day four was full of locations that carry impactful stories, including the birth of soul music at the Stax Museum and seeing the exact spot that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In this…

Youth in the Movement

In this post, we hear from Bellevue College student Melantha Jenkins about the second half of our third day in Birmingham. After visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park, we heard from two footsoldiers who were arrested…

Alabama State Capitol

Day three started with a dramatic temperature drop and misty skies that the Seattleites were used to. University of Nebraska – Kearney student Stefanie Perez shares her thoughts on our morning activities: The state Alabama has such a rich history…

Smith Hall, where Miss Lucy attended her first class at the University of Alabama.

Yesterday, we visited the University of Alabama where we learned about Autherine Lucy – the first student to enroll at the school. Bellevue College student Yukimi Mizuno shares her thoughts about being an international student and learning about U.S. history:…

Gwen Patton (on left) and Georgette Norman

On Sunday, the group departed to Tuscaloosa for a tour of University of Alabama. Our tour guide was alumna Meredith Bagley, who graduated from UW Comm with her Master’s before earning her doctorate in Texas. A main topic of the…

A Conversation with Bernard Lafayette

After a full day of traveling, we arrived at the hotel and went straight into a conversation with Freedom Rider and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizer Bernard Lafayette. We have all watched at least one documentary with him in…

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