The Civil Rights Trip
The 2020 trip
The nineteenth annual trip began at 4:30am on Monday, March 2nd.
New this year was a stop in Newnan, Georgia, where a town-wide collaboration has led to the installation of seventeen large-scale photos by Providence photographer (and Gordon parent) Mary Beth Meehan. New York Times coverage of this work
The itinerary also included time at Tuskeegee University, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative, and an afternoon in Selma with Sheyann Webb-Christburg, who participated in the 1965 Voting Rights March.
Chaperones posted to Gordon's Facebook and Twitter during the day, and daily journal entries appeared on this page each night (late!).
Mr. Anderson has posted some links and resources that have fueled the preparation for this year's trip. link
Notes on day one of the 2020 trip
notes on day one, including:
first night in Montgomery
Notes on day two of the 2020 trip
notes on day two, including
the Alabama State Capitol
the Civil Rights Memorial
Notes on day three of the 2020 trip
notes on day three, including
the Legacy Museum
the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
The 2019 trip
The eighteenth annual trip left at 4am on Monday, February 25th.
This will be the first year that the eighth grade will visit the Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened last April.
It will also be the first year that Gordon's new Head of School, Dr. Noni Thomas López, will be on the trip.
Chaperones will post to Gordon's Facebook and Twitter during the day, and daily journal entries will appear on this page each night (late!).
Day one, February 26th, 2019
Day two, February 27th, 2019
Day three, February 28th, 2019
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 daily diary of the seventeenth annual trip
2018 A recent graduate joins Lynn Bowman to discuss the trip on WPRO 630AM
2017 Eighth graders and alumni at Bryan Stevenson's presentation in Providence
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 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
2008 Catching up with Joanne Bland
2007 Voices from the Civil Rights Trip