Mohonasen High School students in US History and Participation in Government classes will have the opportunity to meet Susan Butler, a retired public school teacher who participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the historic march in Selma in 1965.
As part of an in-school field trip on Thursday, April 21, students will view the film “Selma,” a 2014 American historical drama based on the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery that highlighted racial injustice in the South and contributed to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, securing voting rights for racial minorities throughout the United States.
Following the movie, students will attend a presentation delivered by Ms. Butler and Siena College Professor of Sociology, Paul Murray, Ph.D., who was also active in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and incorporates civil rights and movements for social change into his research and teaching.
In a comment on her online profile, Ms. Butler said that she headed to Selma in 1965 “to do whatever needed to be done” and said that her experiences in the Civil Rights Movement were life-changing.
Because this is a unique educational experience for MHS students, 9th and 10th grade members of Study Circles and Peers for Peace in good academic standing will also be allowed to attend this program with parent permission.
“It is quite extraordinary that our students will hear a firsthand narrative from someone who marched in Selma 50 years ago, as well as hear a lecture from an esteemed professor from a local institution of higher education,” said BOCES Student Assistance Counselor Diane Blinn.