Monday, January 11, 2010

Birmingham and Montgomery

Today we spent the morning in Birmingham listening to Dr. Pamela King and Dr. Horace Huntley speak about the Civil Rights Movement. Thanks to both of them for giving of their time to be with us today! Dr. Huntley talked about his oral history project that was recently published. His book is called Foot Soldiers for Democracy. Dr. Huntley talked about the ways that they might be able to work for justice in our own community. He also signed his book for us. Dr. King shared with us about the role of women during the Birmingham movement. Next we had lunch with students from the University of Alabama Birmingham. It was fun to be on a college campus for lunch. After Birmingham we traveled to Montgomery to the Rosa Parks Museum. The girls really enjoyed our tour guide and learned more about the bus boycott. Rosa Parks was a very strong and courageous woman. We also learned about JoAnn Robinson and the other women who started the boycott. I was impressed with our group and the depth of their engagement throughout the day. I am eager to see the ways our students will use what they learn on this trip when we get back to campus. Another very good day!

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