Reflections on Selma…

“Yesterday I enjoyed walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge because in my mind that bridge doesn’t just represent an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement, but it symbolizes walking for freedom for any group of oppressed people.”

“Getting to walk across the Pettus Bridge and listening to Rev. Reese speak at the National Voting Rights Museum were the highlights for me – which I hope to bring with me back to the classroom.”

“Walking across the Pettus Bridge will become a life long memory.”

“Edmund Pettus Bridge – to cross where lives were taken for a right that should have been given. I was overwhelmed with feelings. Trod on. Trod on.”

Reflections on Birmingham…

“So far, this trip has done more for me than live up to my expectations. When I Iearn about a historical event or concept that has been ingrained into the psyche of a society, my mind isn’t able to fully attach it to the place it occurred. On our walks through the park where the Children’s March streamed into, a museum that really makes you a part of 1950-on culture and discussion with Freedom Rider Catherine [Burks Brooks] makes it entirely real.”

Overall impressions…

“…the books and the stories come to life. It is no longer just a story, but it is real. You can almost feel the souls and the sounds still around…”

“I have a greater appreciation for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement because of this trip.”

“All day, I’ve been pondering on how many more accounts will go on untold? My new outlook as a history teacher will be based on a behind the scenes theme.”

“I used to be closed-minded about the South and I feel like that was because I not only did not have the whole picture, but I also did not want to learn about the past. I am happy I pushed myself…”

“I wish that everyone in the USA had the opportunity to take a trip like this.”

“There is a lot to absorb. But it kindled passion, recognizing the battle is not over.”