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Civil Rights Movement Travel Course Information Session

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November 08, 2017

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Room 138, Commerce & Finance Building, McNichols Campus

Find out more information about Detroit Mercy’s Civil Rights Movement travel course scheduled for May 13-20, 2018.

See how you can join Detroit Mercy students in learning about the southern Civil Rights Movement from 1955 through 1968 by traveling to the landmarks of that movement in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

  • Visit Martin Luther King’s church and parsonage in Montgomery
  • Walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
  • See where James Meredith integrated Ole Miss, assisted by thousands of federal troops
  • Experience the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis (which includes the Lorraine Motel balcony where King fell to an assassin’s bullet).

By visiting these sites (and many others), and exploring what took place there, this travel course will bring the movement to life in all of its complexity and meaning, in a way not possible in a traditional classroom setting. It will also prompt students to reflect on contemporary questions of race and social justice.

This travel course will be led by Detroit Mercy Professors of History Greg Sumner and Roy E. Finkenbine. So, of course, some southern culture – music, barbecue, soul food, church and baseball – will be part of the experience (and necessary context).

Enrollment in HIS 4480 (or MLS 5480) The Civil Rights Movement (3 credits) will be required for Detroit Mercy undergraduate or graduate students. It is likely that a few other Detroit Mercy faculty, staff and alumni will accompany us on this trip on a non-credit basis.

THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO NO MORE THAN 16 PARTICIPANTS. INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION TO ENROLL IN THE COURSE IS REQUIRED.

Non-tuition costs for the trip will be about $1000, and will include hotels, all travel expenses, all breakfasts, several other meals, all admissions and some other miscellaneous expenses.

RSVP: Unnecessary

Contact: Roy E. Finkenbine, professor, History
Phone: 313-993-1016
Email: finkenre@udmercy.edu
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