Civil rights pilgrimage: Footsteps of civil rights leaders guide us to change
Twenty-four University of Minnesota Duluth students, faculty, staff and community members went on a life-
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Each person gave a speech as a civil rights leader to students in two rural Mississippi high schools. As we passed historic sites, we shared stories with each other, and because of all of the connections the message amplified in strength. For instance, as the bus crossed the Tallahatchie River, UMD student Hamdi Barre told the story of 13-year-old Emmett Till, who was murdered for whistling at a white woman.
We met ordinary men and women who struggled for their beliefs and opened our eyes to the inequality that still grips our society. The trip changed me; it changed all of us.
Cheryl Reitan is the associate director of external affairs for the University of Minnesota Duluth.