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IEL Leaders Reflect on Civil Rights Bus Tour

Thursday, December 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah McCann
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In late November, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, host of MS Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), and the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama organized the Civil Rights Bus Tour. This journey through history spans from Jackson to Philadelphia, Mississippi, from Selma to Birmingham, Alabama. The experience focuses on both places and stories that delve deep into the civil rights movement, lifting up the narratives that shaped the past and inform the present. John Merrow, IEL Board Member, participated in the tour this year and published a two-part blog reflecting on his experience, entitled Will the Past Be Repeated? Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy at the Coalition for Community Schools, IEL, and DC EPFP (’10-11) also published a post entitled The Fragility of Justice and the Ordinary Heroes Who Must Uphold It. In it she recounts the key themes that emerged for her: forgiveness, remembrance, courage, and unity. These are meaningful lessons for students, educators and allies today as the deep racial divides and tragedies of the Civil Rights era echo today’s struggle for equity and social justice.

 

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 The photos were taken by Julia Parker, Leslie Worthington and Joan Lonergan.


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