This week, four students and one teacher from Cristo Rey Jesuit are visiting important sites in the history of our nation’s civil rights movement. Here is the first dispatch from that trip.
How do you mentally prepare yourself to digest and tap into the atrocities that ARE our segregated America ?
Textbooks provide you with a synopsis, but it is only on the first day of the civil rights movement that you uncover the sadistic tapestry of Jim Crow. On my first day I experienced a whirlwind of inescapable emotion that had previously been unknown to me.
Our first stop set the stage for the rest of our trip, gave me a new perspective, overrode my indifference, and diminished every textbook’s coverage of the civil rights movement to child’s play.
Welcome to The Woolworth Museum. If Greensboro had been the heart of the movement, this building was definitely the pulse. Not even the best of authors could mimic the emotion, injustice and bravery that accompanied the history that radiated within these walls.
As we toured the museum stories, that I have heard for the umpteenth time suddenly sound different. The students that I have gotten to know over the past few months appear to be more like companions than the associates we were just weeks before, and the bus ride seems less like actual transportation and more like a time machine.
This trip is definitely off to a great start.
-Destini Sheppard, Class of 2015