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Witnessing the Struggles

Shea’na Grigsby, community member: “Are you picking up what I’m putting down” is a phrase that consistently keeps coming to the forefront of my mind as this journey through the south continues. Having traveled for 5 days, seeing different places … Continue reading

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America’s first female self-made millionaire

Kau Guannu, freshman, psychology major: I was inspired by Madam C. J Walker. She rose through the ranks of her heritage to become the first African American self-made millionaire. Her mother and father were former slaves and she started out … Continue reading

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I am the dream and the hope

Ashley Perry, sophomore psychology major: 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 … Continue reading

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It’s Our Time Now!

 Tyler McMillan, a junior communication major: It was important for me to be a student leader on this trip. When the opportunity was presented to me, I took it by the horns. We are learning about past activists and events … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Trip

Phoenix Cobb, sophomore, psychology major: I’m an African and African American Studies minor. I wanted to go on the trip because last year I took the Intro to Black America class and learned a lot about the civil rights movement. … Continue reading

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Contemplation on the Death of Medgar Evers

John Arthur, faculty member at UMD: Visiting Medgar Ever’s home was a chilling experience for me. I felt I was touching Medgar Ever’s spirit. Standing in his living room, bedroom, kitchen, and driveway where he was shot, I felt his … Continue reading

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The Fierce Determination of Flonzie Brown Wright

Betty Greene, staff member at UMD and photographer for this blog: At the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) I was greatly moved by Flonzie Brown Wright’s story. When she was refused the right to vote by a man in the … Continue reading

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