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Registration now open for January civil rights trip

RELEASED: Oct. 22, 2009

Watch a video by Jyl Kelley, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of art & design, about the 2009 Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

EAU CLAIRE — Fifty University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will spend their 2010 Winterim break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement.

Registration for the trip, scheduled for Jan. 8-18, 2010, is currently open and will continue until all available spots are filled.

Participants in the trip will visit 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 the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark.; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

Students participating in the trip will conduct a service-learning project while in Selma, Ala. Students will work with civil rights activist Joanne Bland to videotape personal accounts from "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement, said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire associate dean of students. The completed video project will be featured in the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma.

Students taking the trip also may choose to register for a three-credit travel seminar. "Women's Studies 222" will introduce students to key women activists of the 20th century and the American civil rights movement in which they were involved. The course primarily will focus on the significant contributions of African American women in the fight for civil rights, Thesing-Ritter said. In addition to participation in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, the seminar requires eight days — five before the trip and three following it — of on-campus instruction from 9 a.m. to noon.

Students on the trip also may participate in a faculty/student research project coordinated by student planners Sarah Tweedale, Sarah Gonzalez, Tony Och and Ann Watson.

The $350 trip fee includes transportation, lodging and museum admissions. Students can register in the Student Senate office, Room 132, Davies Center, or on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage Web site. A $75 deposit is required at registration.

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is partially funded through a gift from the Juedes-Molinaro Family Foundation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The trip also is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the Dean of Students office.

A second Civil Rights Pilgrimage is scheduled for March 26-April 4, 2010, during UW-Eau Claire's spring break. Registration for the spring break trip will begin in January.

For more information contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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