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Civil Rights Pilgrimage

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students have the opportunity to spend their winter or spring break on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage to the South, visiting sites of historic importance to the U.S. civil rights movement.


The 2016 trips are planned for January 8-18, 2016 and March 18-27, 2016. 

The trips will include stops at the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama; the Civil Rights Memorial and the Rosa Parks Museum and Library in Montgomery, Alabama; the National Voting Rights Museum and other sites in Selma, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Central High School and William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

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 Selma, students will participate in a service project to serve the community where the march to Montgomery began in order to fight for voting rights for African Americans. Students may also chose to register for Women's Studies 222 or to participate in a faculty/student research project conducted by student trip coordinators. Registration forms must be completed before permission is given for course registration.

The $600 trip fee includes transportation, lodging and museum admissions. Registration for both the winter and spring break trips will open the first Monday in October. A $75 deposit is required at registration, which will continue until all slots are filled. Students may register on a first come, first-served basis by signing up, completing the forms, and paying the registration fee to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Centennial 1106, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please bring your Blugold ID card and health insurance information to register. You can also register online .

The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, a Blugold Commitment Grant, and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

If you have any questions regarding the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, please contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter, Associate Dean of Students, at 715-836-3651 or