History and Memory of the US Civil Rights Movement TRAVEL/CANCELLED

Course Code
AAS 3671
Kevin Gaines
Penny Von Eschen

Course is limited to 3rd and 4th year students, Travel dates are January 5-11, with online classes January 3-4 and Jan. 12-13.
We will study the history and memory of the U.S. civil rights movement in and out of the classroom, through visits and guided tours of key civil  
rights and other historic sites and museums, including the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the Legacy Museum, and the Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery; the Laura Plantation in New Orleans, Sumner, Mississippi, at the courthouse where Emmett Till's killers were tried and acquitted, and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, built at the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with local movement veterans and others  dedicated to keeping the history and memory of the movement alive.  


An additional fee of $1500 will be assessed to cover group travel costs including double-occupancy hotel, ground transportation, museum admission, and most meals.  Students need to arrange transportation to arrive in Birmingham, AL by 2pm on January 5 and to depart Memphis, TN on January 11. 

To participate, please submit an email to Professor Kevin Gaines:

  1. List any courses that you taken that are related to the civil rights movement.
  2. Why are you interested in taking this course?
  3. How do you believe this course will help you meet your professional and personal goals?