W students to tour National Civil Rights Museum

Monica Kizer


The Student Success Center and the Kossen Center for Teaching and Learning are sponsoring a field trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 20. 
General admission for MUW students is $10 and covers transportation and admittance to the museum. The cost for faculty and staff members to participate is $15.

This particular trip was originally planned with the Common Reading Initiative course, which required this year’s students to read Anne Moody’s autobiography, “Coming of Age in Mississippi.”

“We thought this trip will be perfect to support the awareness of the Civil Rights Movement and the 50th year of The W campus being desegregated,” said Dr. Amber Handy, assistant professor of history and director of the Kossen Center for Teaching and Learning. 
She hoped students will learn from the book and have a deeper understanding for the choices people had to make for their freedom. 

Participants can look forward to discovering and learning about numerous artifacts, new films, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts that guide them through five centuries of history. 

“On this trip, I want students to gain a better perspective of where we are now in society versus [what] things were like during the time period of The Civil Rights,” said David Brooking, director of the Student Success Center.

Students are strongly encouraged to join this trip. There will be one bus that can hold about 45 students, faculty and staff members. However, priority is being given to student participants. 

Those who wish to attend are asked to park their cars on College Street and meet in front of Whitfield Hall at 7:45 a.m. The bus will leave at approximately 8 a.m. and return to Columbus between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Meals will not be provided. 

Admission fees can be paid to Evans Dawson, the student support specialist in the SSC. Students are required to bring medical insurance and contact information. The SSC is located on the first floor of Reneau Hall. Anyone needing more information can contact the SSC at (662) 329-7138.