Students to Visit Civil Rights Monuments in Alabama

Hayley Vawter| Editor

When Joshua German, president of Phi Theta Kappa, took African American Literature in Spring 2018, he had no idea it would lead to orchestrating a school trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama the following year.

  The trip will take place April 12-14 and is available for all students to attend. The fee for going is $50, plus whatever money students spend for food and any extras. It is Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors in Action (HIA) project, a mandatory, yearly event designed to bring together the people in the community and on ECC’s campus.

  On the trip, the group will be going to three different exhibits in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the main event of the trip which honors those who killed by lynching in the United States; The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, a connection to the Memorial where enslaved people were once held; and the Civil Rights Memorial Center, a museum filled with rich civil rights history.

  German said the East Central College Foundation donate a lot of money to help fund the trip. German applied for and received a mini-grant worth $1,900 to help pay for the trip. Groups like the Civic and Community Engagement Committee, Phi Theta Kappa and ECC’s Student Media Club all donated money for the trip as well. “We already have $3,000 ready to go for all of this. We have it all paid for.” He said.

  A maximum of 30 people can go on the trip and German said he wants students going to experience the trip and take away whatever they need to. He says it’s very important that people see these exhibits.  

  German and Phi Theta Kappa will be giving a brief talk before “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice” the Film and Lecture Series event on March 7. The documentary is about Wells and her life as a black, female investigative journalist in the south and her anti-lynching campaign in The United States. You can watch the documentary and learn more about Wells at the event at 6:30 p.m., March 7 in the John Anglin Theatre.

  For more information, please contact Associate Professor Kevin Dixon at kevin.dixon@eastcentral.edu or Joshua German at joshua.german@student.eastcentral.edu.

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