Alabama Freedom Ride Field Trip
A group on HEP students spent the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend visiting various sites in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
During the weekend, they visited the Legacy Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Selma Voting Rights Museum and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, as well as the National Memorial.
As part of the weekend's agenda, students were to asked to reflect on what they had learned and how they were impacted by their visits to the above locations, as well as discuss their reflections with other field trip participants in group sessions.
To read more about the Alabama Freedom Ride field trip, visit the student write-up in 1st edition of The Zine publication on pages 9-10.
“The Legacy Museum did a phenomenal job of visually tying common themes throughout American history, from when the first African slave was brought to America, to current issues of mass incarceration. During our time in the museums and during our group discussions, I kept thinking about all of the people that do not have this privilege to be educated on social injustice in this country.”
“The Honors Experience Program field trip to the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial of Peace and Justice, and Selma filled the gaps in American history that we did not have access to in our K-12 education and deeply moved me to be more aware of the ongoing racial injustices in our community and country.”
“The trip to Montgomery and Selma made me want to share what I learned with others. I did not realize how important the history of slavery and segregation are to current systems of mass incarceration. This experience allowed me to connect what I have learned in my Honors Experience Program classes to historical context and provided me with the opportunity to see photographs, stories, and primary sources that amplify the experience of learning about history.”
“I found the towns of Montgomery and Selma to be the most compelling parts of the trip. Montgomery felt like it had moved on since the civil rights movement, but they had preserved all the wrong parts of history. This made me reflect on how areas across our country preserve history, and to question whether we are preserving the right parts.”
To learn more about the Alabama Freedom Ride field trip and read more student thoughts on the trip, read the student article in the first edition of The Zine online publication (pages 9-10) by FSU Honors Experience Program students.