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Adventures Online: The Civil Rights Movement

Learn from historians and activists about the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today during five days of online lectures, virtual field trips and interactive discussions.
Program No. 24202RJ
Length
5 days
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499
Online Program

Adventures Online: The Civil Rights Movement

Learn from historians and activists about the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and today during five days of online lectures, virtual field trips and interactive discussions.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24202 RJ
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Do you remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s? Can you feel the echoes of that movement reverberating across the country today? Join us on virtual learning adventure as we “transport” you to Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement to learn from experts and activists about civil rights history in America — the history you didn’t read in headlines or textbooks. Over the course of this five-day online program, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what it was like to be a part of the movement during a powerful virtual field trip and from poignant first-hand accounts of major events of the movement. Plus, take part in discussions with fellow participants that will challenge you, enlighten you and perhaps even change the way you see the world.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear first-hand accounts from Alabama locals who lived through the history of the Civil Rights movement to find out what it was really like on the front lines.
  • Join the Southern Poverty Law Center to compare and contrast the 1960s era to the racial climate of today and learn how the struggle for equality continues to impact the lives of many Americans.
  • Take part in a virtual field trip across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to learn about the Selma to Montgomery marches and the peaceful protest that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

General Notes

Your online program will include 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live and in person experience. This live online experience is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Howard Robinson
Howard O. Robinson II is the Alabama State University archivist and a professor in the university’s history and political science department. Dr. Robinson specializes in African-American history and has written on the student protest movement of the 1960s. Dr. Robinson also works closely with the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. He has taught at Armstrong Atlantic State University and worked with the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, both located in Savannah, Georgia.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Howard O. Robinson II is the Alabama State University archivist and a professor in the university’s history and political science department. Dr. Robinson specializes in African-American history and has written on the student protest movement of the 1960s. Dr. Robinson also works closely with the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. He has taught at Armstrong Atlantic State University and worked with the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, both located in Savannah, Georgia.
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Dr. Jerry Collins is a biomedical engineer. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds graduate degrees from Purdue and Duke Universities. He developed and offered biomedical ethics courses at Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, and Alabama A&M Universities where he is currently an adjunct facility member. He is an advocate for improving underserved communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Tuskegee History Center in Alabama. The museum is the site of a permanent memorial to the men of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
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Steve Murray is Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the agency that serves as the permanent repository for government records, a special collections library, and the history museum. He has served as Managing Editor of the Encyclopedia of Alabama and The Alabama Review at Auburn University. Murray is a member of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. He is a past president of the Alabama Historical Association and served on the Council of State Archivists and the American Association for State and Local History.
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From her childhood along the coastal region of Georgia, Denise has a keen recollection of Jim Crow laws that prohibited access to public facilities and venues. Denise is passionate about research, storytelling, history and sustaining the legacy of significant people and places. In 2019, she launched Scenethat Walking Tours, enabling audiences to learn the rich and diverse history of Downtown Huntsville, Alabama. Currently, Denise serves on the Black History Committee for the Huntsville Museum of Art.
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Leon is a group leader, civil rights activist, author, event producer and youth mentor. He has experience as a road manager for musical acts including Bob Marley, Rick James, Kenny Rogers and the Commodores. He became a civil rights activist in 1968, joining the NAACP's Youth Council for Leadership in Los Angeles; he also worked with the Black Panther Party's program providing free breakfast to children in Watts. Leon is the founder and CEO of the Urban Youth Travel Alliance.
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Janice R. Franklin is the dean of University Library and Learning Resources at Alabama State University and cofounder of the HBCU Library Alliance, for which she received a prestigious NEH Challenge to establish. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Tuskegee Institute, MLIS from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and PhD from Texas Woman's University, the latter of which she served as library director for. She currently sits on the board of the Montgomery City-County Public Library.
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Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. was born March 10, 1940, in Nashville, and grew up there. At the time of the Freedom Rides, he was a student at Tennessee State University, a drummer in the marching band, and active in the Nashville Student Movement. Following his arrest and sentence in Jackson, he helped train subsequent Freedom Riders and continued to work in the movement. He retired in 2006 and now volunteers in the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, speaking about the movement.
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