Civil Rights Trip 2019 Reflections: Day 1

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Civil Rights Trip 2019 Reflections: Day 1

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During Haynes’s Spring Break, a select group of 32 students is tracing the Civil Rights Movement through the South, driving from D.C. to North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Follow their reflections and updates here, and on Instagram (@elhcivilrights).

Day 1: Greensboro, North Carolina

Something that I learned today during the day when visiting the International Civil Rights Museum was that not all museums tell the whole stories. They only tell what they want people to know, and they don’t tell the hidden events that occur during that time. Another interesting part of the day was when we first entered the journey of the tour because we saw the Woolworth’s restaurant where the four North Carolina A&T college students were trying to be served, but they couldn’t be served because of their skin color. Something that stuck in my mind was the price of meals and the Coca-Cola double sided machine. The price was shocking because nowadays everything is expensive and the price back in the days were cheap because of the wage amount they earned per day. The Coca-Cola machine was interesting because white people only had to pay 5 cents per drink while on the other side people of color had to pay 10 cents for a drink, without knowing that white people paid less then them. Lastly, the interesting part of the tour was when we watched the video of the four college students planning on what they were going to do at the restaurant, and how they convinced each other to participate that was interested. On the other hand, the last part featured Emmett Till. the 14 year old the young man that was really sad and heartbreaking because of the comparisons between the picture of Emmett in school, and the image of his open casket.

– Jose Jimenez, 11th grader

What I learned today was the importance of direct action and the act of protest. When we were at the International Civil Rights Museum, I learned that Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence about how “All men are created equal” but it was only referred to white, land owners, and Christian men. At the Beloved Community Center Mr. Louis Brandon explained that not all museums tell the whole story but that the most important thing to understand is where you come from. You have to know your our community first and know who were the ones that developed the place where we live, Washington DC.

– Daniela Ladino, 11th grader

I already had knowledge of the Greensboro sit-ins before today, but I hadn’t learned anything about the ‘79 massacre. This seems to be a common thread in education on the civil rights movement, where only the instigating events in a community are taught, and the results are left to the imagination. Additionally, it surprised me events as violent and blatantly racist as these occurred so relatively recently.

– Sam Crowley, 12th grader

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