The Civil Rights Trip
Since 2002, the eighth grade has traveled to Georgia and Alabama to conclude their study of the Civil Rights Movement. They visit historical sites, but it is the people they meet that have the biggest impact; students spend time with veterans of the 1950s and 1960s efforts, and meet community activists working for change in the present day.
The cost of the trip is subsidized by the Bready-Lapides Eighth Grade Educational Trip Fund and the Class of 2003 Museum Admissions Fund. This photo essay from 2013 looked back at the first twelve years of this trip, and the impact of these endowed funds.
A look at how the trip has become part of the Gordon experience:
2018 A recent graduate joins Lynn Bowman to discuss the trip on WPRO 630AM
2017 A daily diary of the sixteenth annual trip
2016 A daily diary of the fifteenth annual trip
2015 A daily diary, and a scrapbook of the media coverage surrounding the fiftieth anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery
2014 The trip, in word and photos
2013 Reports from day one, day two and day three, and a look at the trip's role in the Gordon experience
2012 A day-by-day diary of the 2012 trip
2011 A short film shows how the trip fits into the eighth grade year
2010 The Providence Journal's Bob Kerr on the trip
2010 Joanne Bland to come to Gordon for Commencement
2010 Virtual postcards from a second grade teacher
2009 US Rep John Lewis: "Take them to the South"
2009 Video of students presenting the final projects
2009 Google map of the 2009 itinerary
2008 Catching up with Joanne Bland
2007 Voices from the Civil Rights Trip
2006 Celebrating five years of the Civil Rights Trip
2004 The eighth grade travels to Georgia and Alabama