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UW-Eau Claire Students Once Again Offered
Opportunity for Civil Rights Tour over Spring Break

RELEASED: Feb. 11, 2009

poster for Civil Rights PilgrimageEAU CLAIRE — This year, another group of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will spend their spring break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the South, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement.

The March 13-22 trip will include stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala.; the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Ala.; the National Voting Rights Museum and other sites in Selma, Ala.; Central High School and William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

The trip also will include a stop in New Orleans, with a visit to the famous Preservation Hall, home of New Orleans jazz. While in New Orleans, students can participate in a service learning project to renovate a historic building on O.C. Haley Boulevard.

Students may also chose to register for one class credit (HIST 280-"History Travel Seminar,") or to participate in a faculty/student research project coordinated by student planners Janna Casperson, Sarah Gonzalez and Tony Och.

The $350 trip fee includes transportation, lodging and museum admissions. A $75 deposit is required at registration, which will continue until all 50 slots are filled. Students may register on a first come, first-served basis in the Student Senate office, Room 132, Davies Center, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the Dean of Students Office and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

To see a tentative itinerary for the trip, visit the Student Senate Web site.

To read students' personal experiences from previous trips, visit their blog.

For other questions, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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