Students take spring break bus tour of Civil Rights Movement

Twenty-eight Salve Regina students will spend their spring breaks (March 18-26) expanding their understanding of the Civil Rights Movement as they climb aboard a southbound bus to explore the key sites of the era, interacting with significant participants in one of the most important social movements of our time.

Dr. Anthony Lopresti, associate professor of religious and theological studies, and Sami Nassim, director of multicultural programs, are leading students on the tour with scheduled stops in Greensboro, N.C. (International Civil Rights Center & Museum); Atlanta, Ga. (Martin Luther King Center); Montgomery, Ala. (Holt Street Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Civil Rights Memorial & Visitors Center, Freedom Ride Museum, Rosa Parks Museum); Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; and Washington, D.C. (Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial).

The trip will pay special attention to the power of protest and the ways in which courage and a deep commitment to social justice mark the participants in this movement, both black and white.

“There are many sites in the United States that are very important when you recall the history of the civil rights movement and I thought it would be a great trip where we could build camaraderie in the process of serving educational goals – learning the history, seeing first-hand the places and understanding the experiences people went through to struggle for freedom, for things that most of us take for granted,” LoPresti said.

Some of the students participating will receive academic credit as part of RTS 335 “Social Ethics” and HIS 399 “Special Topics” courses.