Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Montgomery to Selma (Voting Rights March in Reverse)

1. Students around the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, AL. The memorial is a timeline that begins with the Supreme Court's 1954 decision outlawing school segregation and ending with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in 1968. The space between these two events on the memorial signifies that the struggle for human rights began well before 1954 and continues to this day. The memorial was designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam War memorial. Her inspiration for the creation of the memorial was a quotation from the prophet Amos that Dr. King used in his "I have a Dream" speech: "We are not satisfied and will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

2. Students exploring the memorial center and reading information in the center about 60 martyrs who were killed in the Civil Rights movement.

3. Students exploring the interior of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

4. Cross the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. On Bloody Sunday, marchers tried to cross this bridge to march 54 miles to Montgomery to register to vote, but they were met on the end of the bridge by state troopers who beat them and forced them back across the bridge to Selma. Marching along this same bridge had a sombering effect.

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