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Print this Fifty years ago, young people known as Freedom Riders traveled through the South on buses, challenging Jim Crow segregation in the face of enormous personal risk. Threatened, beaten by mobs and jailed, they inspired idealists across the nation and sparked social movements that transformed society.
This summer, students and faculty members from Indiana University South Bend retraced the routes followed by the Freedom Riders and ed members of the original group for celebrations and reunions. Taking part in the campus's "Freedom Summer" course, the students immersed themselves in the history of the civil rights movement during a two-week tour of its most important sites.
Print-Quality Photo Monica Maria Tetzlaff, an associate professor of history at IU South Bend who teaches the south bend rider looking for oooking led the tour, said the experience attracts a mix of students -- blacks, Latinos and non-Hispanic whites -- who women seeking nsa lewisport kentucky an interest in social justice.
And they want to make a positive difference themselves. Tetzlaff started teaching the three-credit class in Students read books and articles and watch videos about the movement, prepare and give presentations, and keep journals sputh their experiences on the two-week tour.
This year, the itinerary was adjusted to take advantage of Freedom Ride celebrations. Highlights included meeting with Freedom Riders and other civil-rights veterans and attending an anniversary speech in Montgomery, Ala.
The group went first to Nashville, Tenn. From Nashville the group traveled to Alabama, visiting sites where Freedom Riders were attacked by mobs in Birmingham, Ala. Martin Luther King Jr.
They were in Jackson, Miss. And they stopped in Sunflower County in the Mississippi Delta region, where they met with civil-rights leader Charles McLaurin and witnessed the unveiling of a historical marker honoring the legendary activist Fannie Lou Hamer.
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The tour ended in Memphis, Tenn. Kevin James, an assistant professor of sociology at IU South Bend lkoking accompanied Tetzlaff and the students on the trip, said it was a life-changing experience to be in the presence escort finder the people and the locations that made civil-rights history.
After taking over the class, she began conducting research on the civil rights movement, particularly in South Bend in the midth century. She said students often return with a new commitment to work for the community and engage with public issues.
Many get involved with the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend, which was established by students who took part in the first Freedom Summer course in They have a new perception of history.