March 3–9, 2015

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Important Information

  • Trip dates: March 3-9, 2015
  • Registration deadline: January 30, 2015
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Wright State University will be hosting a Civil Rights Pilgrimage in 2015, as an alternative to Spring Break. This Pilgrimage will visit sites that are of historical importance to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Next year Selma and Montgomery, AL as well as the U.S., commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

About The Trip

The Pilgrimage will include stops at the resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King, in Atlanta as well as the newly opened Center for Civil and Human Rights; the home of slain martyr Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

The trip will also include a personal tour and sit in re-enactment in Nashville, Tennessee by Brother Kwame; a guided tour of Selma from Foot Soldier Ms. Joann Bland and walking across the historic Edmund Pettius Bridge, with Civil Rights Leaders. Wright State students have the option of registering for Dr. Snipe’s PLS 4940/6940-01 Modern Civil Rights Movement: Pilgrimage. “This innovative course highlights critical leaders as well as unsung heroes and heroines of the American Civil Rights Movement, while also discussing the global impact of the Movement and its present-day implications.  The capstone or field experience may encompasses a pilgrimage to sacred sites to locales such as Selma, Al.”


The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement.

Contributing sponsorship:  University Center for International Education, College of Liberal Arts, the Political Science Department and the African & African American Studies Department. The Bolinga Black Cultural Center and the Bolinga Student Council.


For questions regarding the Pilgrimage contact Nycia Bolds, M.Ed in the office of the Bolinga Cultural Center (937) 775-5645 or by email


  • The fee of the trip is $250 for students who will register for PLS 4940/6940 Spring 2015, $300 for students who are not registered and $500 for community members.
  • Included in the price is transportation, lodging, museum admission and some meals.
  • A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration.
  • Registration begins Monday, August 25, 2014 and will close when program has reached capacity of 45 participants.
  • Registration is available online only.

Payment for students enrolled in PLS 4940/6940

Please pay the remaining balance before the due date.

Payment for all other students

Please pay the remaining balance before the due date.

Community members

Please pay the remaining balance before the due date.



▪ Breakfast will be provided at the hotels

Tuesday, March 3

5:30 am Depart from Millett Hall
Traveling to Central Time Zone
12:00 pm Have lunch with Bro. Kwame Lillard at Harpers, Pilgrimage Sponsored Lunch. Tour downtown Nashville, Fisk University, bombing site (round robin).
2610 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208

4:00 pm Depart for Memphis, TN (240 Miles)
8:00 pm Dinner will be on Beale St. at B.B. King’s Blues Club, at your own expense
143 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103

9:00 pm Depart for Embassy Suite Hotel,
1022 S. Shady Grove, Memphis, TN 38120

Wednesday, March 4

9:00 am Depart for National Civil Rights Museum @ Lorraine Motel,
450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103

11:30 am Stop for brief tour of Mason Temple, given by student leaders.
930 Mason Street, Memphis, TN 38126

12:00 pm Lunch will be at a “Grab and Go” place, at your own expense
12:45 pm Depart for Ruleville, MS.
3:00 pm Photo -op at the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Statue
726 Byron Street, Ruleville MS

3:30 pm Depart for Glendora, MS.
4:00 pm Emmett Till Museum/33 Thomas St, Glendora, MS 38928
Tallahatchie River Bridge, Roebuck Road, Sidon, MS 38954
6:00 pm Grab and Go Stop (Gas Station)
6:30pm Departing for Hotel,
Quality Inn & Suites Southwest, 2800 Greenway Drive,  Jackson, MS 39204

9:00pm        Dinner, at your own expense

Thursday, March 5

10:00am Tour Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and Jackson State University
1017 John Roy Lynch Street, Jackson MS 39217 601-979-4348 phone

12:00 pm Lunch at Mama’s Eat and Sweets, at your own expense
2017 Boling St, Jackson, MS 39213 601-713-0550

1:30pm Depart for Zion Methodist Church (photo op), Marion, AL
On the corner of Pickens & Martin Luther King Drive

5:30 pm Depart for Montgomery, AL(4.38mins)
Drury Inn Hotel, 1124 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery, AL    36117-1942

7:30pm Dinner at Dreamland,
101 Tallapoosa St. The Alley, Montgomery, AL 36104 334-273-7427

9:30pm Return to Hotels
Drury Inn 1124 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery, AL  36117-1942
Renaissance 201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

Friday, March 6

10:00am Tour of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) & Civil Rights Memorial
11:30am Lunch at Wintzell’s, 334-262-4257 at your own expense (does not take reservations Donna contact person)
105 Commerce Street, Montgomery, AL 36104

1:00pm Depart for Rosa Parks Museum
252 Montgomery Street, Montgomery AL 334-241-8615

2:30pm Depart for Tuskegee, AL
3:15pm Arrive for guided tour of Tuskegee Airmen Park and Airfield.
1616 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee AL 334-724-0922

4:30pm  Montgomery, AL – Hotels
Drury Inn 1124 Eastern Boulevard, Montgomery, AL    36117-1942
Renaissance 201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

6:00pm Location to be decided,  Pilgrimage Sponsored Dinner

Saturday, March 7

6:15am Depart for Selma, AL
8:00am Ms. Bland’s presentation with Foot Soldiers.
RB Hudson Middle School, 1701 Summerfield Road,

10:30am Guided tour of Selma with Ms. Bland
12:30pm Lunch will be at a “Grab and Go” place, at your own expense
1:00pm Presidential Address
4:30 pm Depart for Zion Methodist Church (photo-op) Marion, IL
7:00pm Dinner at your own expense

Sunday, March 8

7:00am Depart for Selma, AL
7:15-7:45am Photo-op and brief history of Viola Liuzzo Marker
U.S. Hwy. 80 between Lowndesboro and White Hall

9:00am Attend service at Tabernacle Church Sunday Service (optional for students)
1431 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama 36701

11:00am Snack on the bus
12:00pm Depart for historical march across Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL 36703

4:00pm Depart for Atlanta, GA
Embassy Suites, 267 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 404-223-2300

5:00pm Stop for “Grab and Go” place
Traveling to Eastern Time Zone
7:15pm Dinner, Address to be decided
8:30pm Enjoy Atlanta

Monday, March 9

9:30am Arrive at the Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

11:15am Tour the King Memorial Center, 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

12:30pm Depart for Dayton, OH
Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435

12:30pm Lunch and Dinner will be at a “Grab and Go” place, at your own expense en route to Dayton, OH