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 You may also contact the student leaders Michael Tyler II and Andrianna Milton


  • 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.



Tuesday, March 3

Travel from Dayton, OH to Nashville, TN

  • 5:15 a.m. Depart from Millett Hall
    • Breakfast will be provided on the bus by WSU
  • Arrive in Nashville, by 11:15 a.m. (Central Time).
    • Have lunch with Bro. Kwame at Mr. Harpers, at on your own expense. Sit-in reenactment then tour Nashville.
  • Depart for Memphis, TN

Wednesday, March 4

Travel from Memphis, TN to Jackson, MS

  • Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
  • Depart for National Civil Rights Museum @ The Lorraine Motel
    • Arrive by 9 a.m., complete entire tour roughly around 12:30 p.m.
      • Be sure to stop at the traveling exhibit next door
    • Lunch will be at your own expense at a “Grab and Go” place
  • A brief stop by at the Mason Temple
  • Stop at the Fannie Lou Hamer burial plot (photo-op)
  • Depart for Jackson, MS  arrive roughly around 7 p.m. (Debriefing)
    • Dinner will be at the hotel hosted by WSU

Thursday, March 5

Travel from Jackson, MS to Montgomery, AL

  • Breakfast will be provided by Hotel
  • Depart for Medgar Evers House
    • Arrive by 9 a.m. to speak with Ms. Minnie Watson and tour the renovated home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers.
  • Lunch from 10:30-11:45 a.m. @ Mama’s Eats and Sweets, on your own
  • Arrive at Jackson State University’s campus by 12:15 p.m., to tour the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO)
  • Possible meeting with Robin Adams
  • Depart for Montgomery, AL

Friday, March 6

Travel to Montgomery, AL to Tuskegee, AL to Montgomery, AL

  • Breakfast will be provided by the hotel
  • Arrive at 9 a.m. for guided Tour of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) & Civil Rights Memorial
  • Stop the Greyhound station to view the outside timeline (photo-op)
  • Lunch will be at Wintzell’s, on your own expense.
  • Guided tour of Downtown Montgomery and Alabama Capitol Building and presiding museums by curators and student leaders.
  • Depart for Dexter Ave. Parsonage then to First Baptist Church to hear Rev. E. Baxter Morris?
    • Depart for Tuskegee, AL
  • Arrive at 3:15 p.m. to Tuskegee Airman Park, for guided tour of airfield.
  • Head over to Tuskegee University at 4pm for Student Leaders guide of the historical campus.
  • Return to Motel
    • Dinner location