Many Florida studies students take a week-long field trip called Civil Rights in the South. This course retraces the route of the famous 1961 Freedom Riders Movement. In 2011, I boarded the bus with other outside agitators to chronicle the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) harrowing struggle to challenge the Jim Crow laws that enforced segregated travel in the deep south. We visited the infamous Anniston, AL bus station and the site of the bus burning; we sat in the pews of the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site in Birmingham were four little girls died when the church was bombed; and, we visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot as he stood on the balcony.
Below is a link to my blog of trip.