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Annual pilgrimage leaves SMU March 8 to retrace civil rights movement

March 8, 2013

Dallas (SMU) -- More than 30 SMU students will depart the campus Friday afternoon, March 8, for the University’s ninth annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage.  The SMU community is invited to help send them off at 2:15 p.m. on the front steps of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, across from the Engineering Quad.

The annual trip takes SMU students across the South to locations of great civil rights confrontations in the 1950s and 1960s – starting with Little Rock Central High School, site of the first forced desegregation battle, and ending in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.   The trip is organized through the Office of the Chaplain, and is led by SMU political science professor Dennis Simon and Pilgrimage Coordinator Ray Jordan.

Student pilgrims will blog their experiences for SMU Adventures. Read more about the trip at

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