Monday, March 16, 2015

Frogs cross bridge in Selma

TCU students and staff on spring break walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 7. On that date in 1965, armed policemen attacked civil rights demonstrators who were attempting to march to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery.

Twenty-two Horned Frog students took part in the observance, which was part of a six-day, five night bus tour covering the civil rights movement for a class taught by TCU history professor Max Krochmal. Students kept a journal of the trip, which counts for 10 percent of the grade for the course HIST 40873 The Civil Rights Movement in America. Pictured above are (left to right) Adam Powell, Christy Smith, Timeka Gordon, Samantha Koehler, Rochelle Harris, Jarrod McClendon, John Cogswell and Mitchell Simmons.

Students also visited Medgar Evers home, Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center and other civil rights movement sites in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The group also spoke with veterans of the civil rights movement at each stop. 

The tour was sponsored by the TCU Center for Community Involvement and Service Learning and TCU Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services.

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