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Sankofa Civil Rights Movement Trip

This spring, Bethel students, staff, and faculty will visit sites that had significant impact during the civil rights movement. Apply online for Sankofa.

Date

March 10-18, 2017 (spring break)

Cost

Students: TBD
Staff and faculty: TBD

Location

Students travel to places of memory and reflection.

Memphis, Tennessee
National Civil Rights Museum
The place where Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life ended. The museum we will visit is formerly the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. King’s assassination.

Birmingham, Alabama
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Kelly Ingram Park
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
We will visit the church where a bomb killed four little girls in a Sunday school classroom, the park where police turned dogs and fire hoses on teenage marchers, and a museum that preserves powerful reminders of these events.

Selma, Alabama
National Voting Rights Museum
Cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful marchers seeking the right to vote were beaten by police on “Bloody Sunday.”

Montgomery, Alabama
Rosa Parks Museum and Library
Civil Rights Memorial Center
The significant history of this area comes to life at a special museum dedicated to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycotts.
 
New Market, Tennesee 
Highlander Research and Education Center
This center was a place where several Civil Rights Leaders received training on nonviolent direct action. 
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Tour the home where Dr. King grew up, as well as the church he led with his father.

The Experience

Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of Ghana, West Africa, which is part of an expression meaning "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot." This means we must go back to our roots in order to move forward.

On the Sankofa trip, students learn that whatever we have been stripped of, lost, or forgotten can be reclaimed, revived, and preserved for the future. 

Who Should Participate

The Sankofa trip is designed for students who want to:

  • Learn about the vital contributions of the civil rights movement.
  • Engage in active listening that increases their capacity for cognitive and emotional empathy.
  • Learn about historical and current dehumanizing systems of injustice.
  • Reflect on how they see themselves in relation to others.
  • Build capacity to acknowledge individual and collective wrongs and find ways to work towards healing.
  • Develop concrete ways that the trip content intersects with their daily lives.

The trip is also open to all Bethel staff and faculty.

Next Steps

Pray, learn, ask questions, and consider completing the application!

Applications are available this fall. After we receive your application, we will contact you for an interview so that we can get to know you and your heart for this trip.

Apply early so you have plenty of time to begin preparing for this intense experience.

How to Apply

Apply online for Sankofa. Questions? Contact Paul Kong at paul-kong@bethel.edu.