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Civil rights pilgrimage: I am the dream and the hope

UMD students Ashley Perry and Phoenix Cobb, along with UMD Chancellor Lendley “Lynn” Black, view an exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. (Submitted photo)

Tougaloo College was built on a plantation. It was so ironic that the same place that broke down African-Americans became a college that uplifted students. It reversed from a place where African-

Americans were nobody to a place where they were somebody.

Walking around the campus, I kept thinking of Maya Angelou’s phrase from the poem, “Still I Rise.” She wrote, “I am the dream and the hope of the slave.”

At Tougaloo, I felt that phrase so strongly. Just by educating myself I have done that, I have lived the dream of my ancestors and many people who came before me.

Ashley Perry is a sophomore at UMD pursuing a psychology major.