U.S. History students learned about the hard-fought battles African-Americans faced during the Civil Rights movement during “Selma,” an in-school field trip hosted April 30 by Peers for Peace.
The annual event is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Civil Rights movement through an interactive musical experience, first person narratives and a college-level lecture and panel discussion covering relevant historical civil rights topics.
Musicians and Civil Rights activists Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway opened the day’s events recounting events of their youth and sharing music. Students then watched the critically acclaimed movie, “Selma,” a film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, among others.
A panel discussion followed in which Harris and Greenway were joined by Nell Stokes, a local civil rights activist and eyewitness to history as she grew up in the segregated South and participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott; and, Stephen Gottlieb, author and professor emeritus at Albany Law School and expert on Civil Rights law.