Before the trip

See itinerary below


Traveling to Nashville, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Jackson, Holmes County, and Memphis on spring break is expensive!

The group held a Civil Rights History Performance and Silent Auction on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 11:30 am – 1 pm in the Kirby Rafters. Organizations and companies donated tickets for performing arts and sports events, restaurants, haircuts, car washes, movie tickets and more. The group raised $1290. All of the donations were appreciated..

See the photos of the students, staff, faculty, and community members who performed as leaders of the civil rights movement.

Below is Hollis Watkins singing Been Down Into the South

Here is a link to a news story about the 2017 Reenactment of the Selma to Montgomery March.


2017 UMD Spring Break Civil Rights History Tour

March 3-12, 2017

UMD students, staff, and faculty will travel to Nashville, TN, Selma, AL, Montgomery, AL, Memphis, TN,  Jackson, MS, Lexington, MS, St. Louis, MO, for Spring Break, from March 3-12, 2017

Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Missouri played instrumental roles in the African American Civil Rights movement. This trip will take UMD students, faculty, staff, and community members on a tour of historical sites and many stops where they will perform for schools and community groups.

See great photos from the 2014 trip:

Fri., March 3
Drive to Nashville. 10:30 am –  meet at Jefferson Line Bus area on Kirby Dr., Leave 11 am. Arrive 1:30 am. Food is on your own. We will make two BRIEF stops.
Discussion, activities, naps, and movies will fill the day.

Movie suggestions: Selma, The Rosa Parks Story, The Help, Ghosts of Mississippi (Medgar Evers in Jackson Mississippi), Mississippi Burning, Ruby Bridges, The Butler, Four Little Girls (Birmingham), The Long Walk Home (Alabama), Freedom on my Mind, The Murder of Emmett Till, Time for Justice, Murder in Mississippi, Dirt and Deeds.

Quality Inn, 2401 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN 37207, Breakfast, Free Internet

Sat., March 4
10:30 am – Linda T. Wynn, Fisk professor, civil rights historian. Tour Fisk University HBCU. 1000 17th Ave N
Lunch (on your own) Nashville Farmers market. International food. Food stalls. 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
2 pm (tentative) Nashville Library Civil Rights Collection FIRST PERFORMANCE. View the collection. 615 Church St.
Dinner at Historic Swett’s Restaurant. Meat plus 2 sides – vegetarian options. Menu.  (provided by UMD) 2725 Clifton Ave. Return to motel.
City Tour – Civil Rights Downtown Walking Tour. (Optional)
Quality Inn, Nashville

Sunday, March 5
Drive from Nashville to Selma. 8 am – 1 pm
Stop at 16th Street Baptist Church (1530 6th Ave N, Birmingham),
Kelly Ingram Park (5th Avenue N & 16th Street, Birmingham)
Picnic lunch on your own.

Sunday., March 5
Exit bus at 1 pm at Bus drop spot (TBD)
Selma Bridge Crossing Re-Enactment, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
2 pm Line-up Outside of Brown Chapel AME Church
410 Martin Luther King Street
Post March Rally, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Meet bus at 5 pm at Bus drop spot (TBD)
One hour drive to Montgomery.
Food on your own: Schlotzsky’s Deli, Taco Bell, Golden Corral, Waffle House near motel
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery East
5155 Carmichael Rd, Montgomery, AL 36106
Restaurant-style breakfast, Free Internet, Heated Indoor Pool

Mon., March 6
9 am. Civil Rights Memorial Center,  Guided Tour, Followed by information about the Southern Poverty Law Center. 400 Washington Ave. Montgomery.
Lunch on your own.
Afternoon. Rosa Park Library & Museum, 252 Montgomery St
Dinner at Golden Corral (provided by UMD) Neal hotel, 1480 Eastern Blvd
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery East

Tues., March 7
10:30 am National Voting Rights Museum guided tour with Sam Walker
Lunch on your own. 6 US-80 BUS, just north of Kings Bend Road
Leave 12 noon pm. Drive to Jackson
4:30 – 6 pm tour of COFO Offices. 1017 John R. Lynch Street.
Dinner on own. Near motel: IHOP, Chili’s, Fuddruckers.
Comfort Inn
465 Briarwood Dr, Jackson, MS 39206
Breakfast, Free Internet

Wed. March 8
Meet at COFO Office; 1017 John R. Lynch Street. 9-11 am Walking Tour: Freedom House (on Rose Street). Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church, Mount Olive Cemetery, John Roy Lynch St., Masonic Temple-NAACP Headquarters (voter rights work), Gibbs-Green Walkway and Plaza, Campbell College, and Rose E. McCoy Auditorium.
11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Jackson State
Lunch and Learn with Flonzie Brown Wright (Lunch provided by UMD)
1:30– 3 pm – Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement at Tougaloo College with Hollis Watkins. 500 W County Line Rd, Tougaloo, MS
3:15- 4:30 Medgar Evers House 

Tour, 2332 Margaret W Alexander Dr, Jackson,
Dinner on own. Near motel: IHOP, Chili’s, Fuddruckers.
Comfort Inn, 465 Briarwood Dr, Jackson, MS 39206

Thurs., March 9
8 am, load bus. Drive 90 minutes from Jackson to perform at schools in downtown Lexington, MS.
Lunch on your own.
Meet Civil Rights Trailblazers including Robert G. Clark, the first black elected to the MS legislature in the 20th Century. Buffet dinner provided. 50 Patton Place Rd, Lexington
Students stay in homes of civil rights leaders. Z-team to Holiday Inn Express, 157 Soldiers Colony Road, Canton)

Fri., March 10
12 noon Lunch at the Rendezvous Restaurant. (52 S 2nd St, Memphis) Provided by UMD.
Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum ()
Evening on Historic Beale Street, (S. BB King Blvd and Beale St) City Park music concert, dinner on own.
La Quinta Inn & Suites
2979 Millbranch Rd. Memphis TN 38018
Breakfast, Free Internet, outdoor pool.

Sat., March 11
Hotel breakfast (6-9 am) includes Belgian waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, cereals, juice and coffee. Leave at 10:30 am
Natl Civil Rights History Museum 11:15 entry. Bus leaves for Beale St at 3 pm. Dinner (on your own) on Beale Street, Leave for Duluth 5:30 pm.

Sat., March 11
9:30 pm. Stop at St. Louis Courthouse, home of the Dred Scott Case. (11 N 4th St, St. Louis) Drive all night.

Sun. March 12
Arrive UMD Duluth, morning, 7 – 9 am.