Inspired by Leaders

These people informed us, wowed us, and challenged us.


Miss Zelpha “Zep” Montgomery-Whatley, Holmes County community leader, daughter of Civil Rights activists Bernice and Eugene Montgomery

Eddie Carthan, Holmes County Civil Rights activist

Reginald Barnes, principal, Holmes County Schools and our host.


Keith Lamont McMillian, COFO and the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, Jackson

Henry Goss, Janeya Smith, and James Alexander Murray, graduate students at COFO and the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute

Frank Figgers, Jackson, Mississippi, NAACP Chapter President

Hollis Watkins, COFO and Southern Echo, Jackson

Dorothy Stewart, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Jackson


Joseph, our guide at the Civil Rights Memorial and Southern Poverty Law Institute


Sam Walker, National Voting Rights Museum in Selma


Dr. Linda Wynn, Fisk University

Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Fisk University

Linda Barnickel, Nashville Public Library

THANK YOU! You taught us, you shared your stories and you inspired us.

We would never have had such a great trip without the support of our sponsors: Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Global Awareness Fund, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Community Opportunity Fund, UMD Commission for Women, UMD Civil Service Diversity Funding, UMD Student Diversity Funding, UMD Student Success & Retention Small Grants, Duluth Teachers Credit Union, Jean Baribeau-Thoennes, Theresa Koenig, UMD Office of Student Life.

The trip was sponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion.