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Study Up For 'Think': Meeting Freedom On Hallowed Ground


The following ran on the March 21, 2013, edition of KERA radio. Political science professor Dennis Simon provided expertise for this story.

March 26, 2013

By Lyndsay Knecht

For nine years each Spring Break, a group of SMU students has embarked on a bus pilgrimage through the American South, visiting key landmarks of the Civil Rights movement -- and meeting heroes from the era. Professor Dennis Simon, Reverend Ray Jordan, and "Pilgrim" Emily Mankowski, a member of the SMU Honors Program and a senior majoring in Human Rights, talk to Think host Krys Boyd about what the trip meant to them today at noon.

Students dive straight into emotional scenes from Southern history. This year, they visited the humble first home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Montgomery and marveled at the long stretch of street in front of Little Rock Central High School where the “Little Rock 9” caused Arkansas schools to integrate. Read their testimony on this blog purposed for the trip.

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