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Eighth grade Civil Rights Trip

Gordon’s Civil Rights Trip is the culmination of a social justice curriculum that begins in Gordon’s youngest grades, and it’s an experience that has shaped the lives of hundreds of Gordon graduates since 2002.

Over four days, they visit historic sites in Georgia and Alabama, and meet with people who are making change in the present day. On their return to Rhode Island, students start making positive change in their own communities, partnering with local agencies in a full time, four-week service learning project.

The itinerary has been different every year. It has always included the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, an extended tour of Selma, and a visit to at least one historically Black college or university.

Since 2016, Gordon has met with representatives of Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, and toured the National Memorial for Peace and Justice every year since it opened in 2018.

The 2022 trip

The twenty-first Civil Rights Trip began at 4am on Monday, May 18th. Students traveled to Atlanta, Montgomery and Selma over the next four days.

New stops this year included a meeting with voting rights advocates from the New Georgia Project, who generously shared their time as they work to support access to voting in the wake of the 2020 election. 

Updates from the trip were posted to Gordon's Facebook and Instagram over the course of each day, and a daily wrapup was posted to Gordon's blog each night (and linked from this page - see below).

2022 notes from the blog

2022: day one

Notes on day one
• Alabama State University
• Montgomery’s Rosa Parks Museum
• A debrief on the Capitol lawn

2022: day two

Notes on day two
• the Southern Poverty Law Center
• an afternoon in Selma

2022: day three

Notes on day three
• The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
• The Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum
• Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

2022: day four

Notes on day four
• The New Georgia Project

2021 notes from the blog

2021: day one

Notes on day one
• A brief drive through Atlanta
• Montgomery’s Rosa Parks Museum
• The Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center
• A walking tour of Montgomery's capitol district
• Dinner at Potz n Pans

2021: day two

notes on day two
• The Equal Justice Initiative
• The Legacy Museum
• The National Memorial to Peace and Justice
• An afternoon in Selma with Joanne Bland

2021: day three

notes on day three
• The King Memorial in Atlanta
• Some questions as students look ahead

Stories from Gordon’s Civil Rights Trip