A group of East Texas Baptist University students, faculty and staff recently spent four days in Alabama learning the history and significance of the Civil Rights Movement.
The group visited Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, where they had the opportunity to tour significant sites including the National Peace and Justice Center, National Voting Rights Museum and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. They also visited 16th Street Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham and Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma.
Lisa Seeley, director of global education and the Great Commission Program at ETBU, said the Civil Rights Tour “opened the eyes and hearts of the participants” to the impact of the Civil Rights Movement.
“We also learned how inequities still exist today, especially in our criminal justice system,” Seeley said.
“What happened during the Civil Rights Movement not only changed the face of America but spread beyond our shores to inspire people around the world to fight for change also,” she noted. “The students, faculty, and staff on the trip came home with a new understanding of the struggles that existed and, in many ways, still exist today for many Americans.”