Learning to appreciate

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 third dispatch from that trip.

In the modern society, our generation doesn’t appreciate the dedication, motivation, and sacrifice that our people went through for CHANGE.

Can we expect to ever live in a perfect world? Racism may never be fully eliminated from our society. But it would never have been challenged if those who took part in the civil rights movement did not have the courage and desire to make all of our lives better.

I just shake my head in shame sometimes when I see that lack of appreciation and respect that young people have for the folks who paved the way for them.

But then again, I can kinda understand. They can’t really understand because they were not a part of it. So, they can’t really appreciate the fight.

-Greg Jones, Class of 2015

Outside the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery: These are same steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in 1965 after protesters marched from Selma.

Click here to watch our students increase their appreciation by crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, just like protesters advocating for voting rights for African Americans were finally allowed during their march from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965

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