What Everyone Ought To Know About 2018 E.L. Haynes Civil Rights Tour Application

Emely Claros, Haynes News Writer

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E.L. Haynes’s Annual Civil Rights Tour will take place Monday, March 26 through Sunday, April 1. Mr. Cole and Ms. Moorman are leading the trip this year. The cost for this trip is $450 although financial assistance will be available.

The Civil Rights Tour application provides the opportunity for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to go on a week-long trip and learn about the Civil Rights Movement. The trip will take students to Greensboro, NC, Montgomery AL, Selma AL, Birmingham AL, Tuskegee AL, and Atlanta GA.

In the past they visited locations such as Greensboro NC to see where the sit-ins began, Atlanta, GA to visit the home and church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery, AL to visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum and The Freedom Rides Museum, and current civil rights legal organizations, Selma al to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and retrace steps of the marches, and Knoxville, TN to stay at the Alex Haley Farm which serves a hub for the Children’s Defense Fund.

During this long week trip, they would have the opportunity to learn about civil rights and history of it. Twenty-five students will be chosen to attend the trip through a “competitive application process” based on essay responses. Responsibilities for participants before the trip include attending all pre-meetings, all deadlines with paperwork submission, and good academic and behavioral standing.  To be able to attend you must do the online application.

On this application, there’s a list of essay questions to answer.

  • Why are you interested in participating in the Civil Rights Trip this year?
  • What do you expect to gain from participating in this experience? How do you think you will benefit?
  • What are three qualities that you will bring to this trip? What makes these important for a participant?
  • What do you find the most interesting about the history of civil rights movements in America? Why?
  • What is one social justice issue today that you think is in need of a change? Explain this issue, what should be done about it, and why this issue important to you. How do you see yourself helping to make this change?

All these questions must be answered in full paragraphs for each question because as said on the website, “the more thoughtful, detailed, and complete your answers are, the better chance you have to be chosen!”

Students are expected to attend mandatory pre-trip meetings. Meetings will take place after school on Feb. 7, 12, 21, March 5, 14, and 19. A mandatory meeting for parents and students on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10:00 am.

These are expected during the trip are “actively participate in all trip activities,” to create positive relationships with other adults and with students who are participating, be able to get out their comfort zone and meet new people, and also to engage thoughtfully in the questions and content that the trip poses. Last but not least, students should take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and represent E.L. Haynes and their families

After the trip, students are expected to engage in reflection activities and completion of reflection activity post-trip. Also, the group must participate in outreach opportunities as young activists and leaders to apply lessons learned to their daily lives at E.L Haynes and in the community.

This is a great opportunity for every Haynes students and should absolutely take advantage of this opportunity. Students should not have doubt in going because of the money.

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