August 19, 2011

Civil rights history interpreted through lenses of student travelers

This summer, nine Oxford College students took a tour of places of importance to the American civil rights movement.

Starting in Americus, Ga., the students traveled through Alabama and Mississippi, concluding their tour in Memphis.

"Civil Rights and the American South" was the 2011 theme of Global Connections, an Oxford College program. The program's mission is to help students connect their religious and spiritual convictions with issues of justice including peace, poverty, human rights and the environment. 

The trip was organized by Oxford Chaplain Lyn Pace. Co-leader was Susan Ashmore, associate professor of history at Oxford and a Southern historian.

The students recorded their experiences on camera through the ethical and historic interpretations of the past.

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