The New York Times Student Journey: Memphis & New Orleans - The American South: Spotlight on Social Justice

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Engage with issues and initiatives related to social justice as you explore the American South, birthplace of the civil rights movement. With the guidance of an expert from The New York Times, a leader in covering social issues, begin in New Orlea... read more

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Engage with issues and initiatives related to social justice as you explore the American South, birthplace of the civil rights movement. With the guidance of an expert from The New York Times, a leader in covering social issues, begin in New Orleans and travel the bayous of Louisiana, the red-dirt roads of Alabama and the cypress brakes of the Mississippi Delta. Meet people who lived civil rights history and those carrying on the work of the movement’s pioneers.

Focus on issues of race, politics, access and local socioeconomics, tracing their origins and meeting with lawmakers, lawyers, educators and other people who are seeking solutions. Explore the history and impact of oppression in small towns and big cities, visit civil rights landmarks, and discover the local details of universal struggles in this area of resistance and resilience. Talk with people who lived through the triumphs and failures of the civil rights movement and those affected by it, on both sides, and learn what their modern struggles are. Walk in the steps of the movement’s pioneers, and hear the blues performed where they were born.

Learn of the legacies of poverty, discrimination and social injustice, and return with a new understanding of how small, committed groups of people can have huge impact.

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High School
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  • Summer
  • Short Term
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