CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) - As time pushes on and our lives become more separated from theperiod in our nation's history that shook our country to its core,it's hard for young people to imagine what it was like when Americawas fraught with racial tension. In order to bridge the gapsbetween the civil rights movement and the modern student,Cedarville University devised a hands-on approach to history.
A group of nearly 30 students and staff members loaded onto adouble-decker bus late Wednesday night, headed for a three day tourof some of the centers of the fight for equality.
"I think it's going to be a great way for me to live what I'vebeen reading about since the fourth grade in history books and Ithink there are going to be a lot of tears shed. It's going to bepretty intense, so I'm looking forward to it," said Andrea Davis,freshman.
"It's something that's no longer in a text book," said JohnDavis, Director of Cedarville University Public Relations. "It'sreal, and in a sense they become accountable to history andaccountable so that some of these things never happen again."
The first stop is Atlanta, which is Martin Luther King, Junior'sbirthplace. The students will also stop in Montgomery and SelmaAlabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and to the center of the fight:Birmingham, Alabama. The students will visit Kelly Ingram Park,where protesters were sprayed with a fire hose and attacked bypolice dogs. They'll also stand in the Sixteenth Street BaptistChurch, where four little girls were killed in a racially motivatedbombing.
"These historic events took place before many of these studentswere born," said Patrick Oliver, Assistant Professor of CriminalJustice at Cedarville. "They may have read about them, they mayhave seen them broadcast on television shows, but they never had anopportunity to experience them. So to take them to these places andto give them a greater appreciation and understanding of thehistory of America, I think it's significant."
While textbooks will eventually be torn and tattered, the hopeis that these students will carry these stories with them for therest of their lives.
"I've never really been a part of something like this before,"said Grant Miller, freshman. "I'm really excited to get to spendthe next couple of days with people with different backgrounds anddifferent stories to tell. I really hope to gain a greaterappreciation for their cultures, their backgrounds and also tolearn more about myself through this as well."
While they travel between points, the students will watch suchintense movies as Mississippi Burning and Crash. Professors saythis is not a trip for the light-hearted.
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