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Civil Rights Movement Seminar


Spring Break 2024

Duration: 8 days (March 2–March 10, 2024)

Contact: Dr. Ivy George ()

SOC292: Civil Rights Movement Seminar (4 credits)

This seminar examines the role of place and social movements through the lens of race relations between white and black populations in shaping the movement of American democracy and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The reverberations of these civil rights movements continue in American politics and culture into the twenty-first century.  

Students will visit historic sites of resistance and victory in churches, educational institutions, and legal advocacy centers. They will travel to rural and urban communities where historical figures like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, John Lewis were actively involved in organizing resistance movements. Students will also visit the Equal Justice Initiative work being undertaken by Bryan Stevenson. Fulfills Sociology minor elective; Black Studies minor elective.



  • Whitney Plantation


  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Medgar Evers home 
  • Emmett Till, Fannie Lou Hamer sites


  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel


  • Kelly Ingram Park
  • 16th Ave Street Baptist Church
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge 
  • Dexter Avenue Baptist Church   
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Rosa Parks Museum 
  • National Memorial for Peace and Justice
  • Tuskegee University 


  • National Civil Rights Museum 
  • Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site 
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Sunday service at Ebenezer Baptist Church


Preparation for the seminar will begin in January 2024. The group will meet on Zoom once a week for 1.5 hours to discuss assigned readings and films. Each week, the professor will provide a writing prompt based on the materials covered. Students will submit a three-page double-spaced reflection weekly until the tour commences in March. At the end of the seminar, students will submit a three-page summary report.


The total cost will be approximately $3,900* and will include:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare (roundtrip from Boston)
  • Ground Transportation 
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Transport and site fees

*The GEO and Dr. George are actively pursuing ways to reduce the cost to students. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.


Students from all majors are invited to apply.

General requirements:

  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Complete online application
  • Interview with Dr. George
  • $35 application fee

Upon acceptance to the program, a non-refundable program deposit of $450 will be due to confirm participation.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Contact: Professor Ivy George

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