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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:
Newnan, Georgia
Tuskegee University
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.