Your journey through college is one that changes your life, broadens your horizons and enhances your critical thinking skills. We believe firmly that the college journey should also open hearts and minds to histories and experiences sometimes not fully appreciated by all. The Civil Rights Pilgrimage through UWEC is a unique opportunity to travel the path of the civil rights movement and walk through these pivotal places and stories in our history.
Each year, we offer two travel immersion experiences for you to explore issues of social justice and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States. The trips for this academic year begin on Friday, January 10 or March 20, 2020. Participants will travel to Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Gulfport and Jackson, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. Participants will return to Eau Claire on Monday, January 20 or Sunday, March 29.
The cost of the trip is $750 and includes transportation, lodging, museum admission and some meals. A $75 deposit is required at the time of registration. The trip is also open to participants not enrolled at UW-Eau Claire. Registration opens on Monday, October 1 and continues until all 100 spots are filled. Students should pay their $75 deposit at Blugold Central front desk to complete the registration process.
You'll also have the opportunity to register for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies 222: Women and the Civil Rights Movement. The course is offered during the spring semester on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Registration for the trip is a prerequisite for the course.
Call the Jodi Thesing-Ritter for more information, at 715-836-3651
Videos from Spring 2018 CRP
Stories of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Blugold is marching to the beat of his own drum
When Kehinde Olu Famule is drumming, he’s doing more than entertaining those around him. The UW-Eau Claire junior is connecting with his West African heritage while also sharing an important part of his culture with the campus and Eau Claire communities.
Space available for upcoming Civil Rights Pilgrimage trips
UW-Eau Claire still has available spots for campus and community members to register for either the winter or spring trips of the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage, departing Jan. 10 and March 20, 2020.
Blugold Spotlight features Jodi Thesing-Ritter
Whether it’s leading a group of UW-Eau Claire students and community members to learn about the nation's civil rights history, or coordinating coding and robotics camps aimed at girls with STEM-related interests, Jodi Thesing-Ritter has one goal in mind.
Embracing opportunities prepares Blugold for future success
Chantal Bougie has an impressive resume after embracing the many opportunities she found at UW-Eau Claire. She will graduate this month with a degree in kinesiology.
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years after assassination
People across the United States are celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as they honor the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination. Dr. King was killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Immersions, internships, student groups shape social work major's college career
Larrick Potvin, a social work major, embraced a wealth of opportunities at UW-Eau Claire. As a result, his college career included everything from international immersions to internships to service.
Blugold mentors teach local fifth-graders about making change in their community
Thanks to a team of Blugolds, local fifth-graders now understand how decades ago citizenship schools helped African-Americans in their fight against segregation, and how the spirit of these schools still is shaping social justice movements today.
New grad overcomes homelessness, other obstacles to earn degree
It's taken seven years and two stints as a Blugold, but D’Karlos Craig will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UW-Eau Claire in December, making him the first person in his family to earn a degree.
Using education to change our world for the better
Jodi Thesing-Ritter shares the history of the UW-Eau Claire Civil Rights Pilgrimage and how it helps students learn about the civil rights movement.
Study of the past empowers and challenges us to reflect on our own agency.
A piece of civil rights history comes to UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library will host the exhibit “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students” starting Oct. 5. The monthlong exhibit and related events will engage the Eau Claire community in conversation about the civil rights era.
Big dreams found in a small town
Anna Kerber left the comforts of her upbringing to explore the social injustices that plagued African Americans in the 1960s and led to the civil rights movement. What she learned was more than any history book could teach.
Blugolds explore history of segregation at the University of Alabama
The University of Alabama provides historical lessons on race and segregation for UW-Eau Claire students.
The change makers' journey
For the hundreds of UW-Eau Claire students who take part in UW-Eau Claire’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, history is a journey into the lives of yesterday’s change makers.
Blugolds to join 'Bloody Sunday' 50th anniversary events in Selma
Students, faculty and staff will travel to Selma this week to join in events recognizing the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Remembering Selma: The foot soldiers’ journey
Students recollections of The Civil Rights Pilgrimage
The end is only the beginning
Through sharing tears, laughter, anger and hope on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, UW-Eau Claire students return to Eau Claire with a renewed sense of justice and inspiration to make changes in their communities and the world.
The battle for freedom
At the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Alabama, UW-Eau Claire students learn that the fight for civil rights has been a pursuit from the time the first African was brought to the United States and sold into slavery.
Walking in the footsteps of the 'Little Rock Nine'
On the grounds of Little Rock Central High School, UW-Eau Claire students find inspiration in the "Little Rock Nine," the first African-American students to integrate into the segregated school.
Selma March and slavery reenactments among students’ civil rights journey
Students visit Selma, other sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement
The journey continues
On Wednesday morning, 71 UW-Eau Claire students linked arms and held hands as they marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of the March 7, 1965 march that earned the nickname “Bloody Sunday” for the violence inflicted on the protesters.
From slavery to civil rights: Living centuries of injustice
A slavery reenactment in Selma, Alabama, provides UW-Eau Claire students a meager glimpse into the experiences of Africans brought to the U.S. from their homeland and sold into slavery.
Connecting with history to realize the future
Generations intersect as one UW-Eau Claire student makes a special connection with an original participant of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march for voting rights.
From peace and love to violence and hate
A team from UW-Eau Claire joins the Civil Rights Pilgrimage to document students' experiences and stories on the 10-day journey through history.