Black Male College Explorers Program Takes Inspiring Trip to Alabama
Over 50 High School Males from the Daytona Beach Area Traveled to Explore Colleges and Historical Landmarks in Alabama
Students from the Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) took a week long excursion across Alabama this month. Summer program participants and students from local high schools had the opportunity to visit colleges and historical landmarks. Over the past week, they made several stops to colleges and universities across Alabama such as Miles College, Lawson State College, Selma College, Alabama State University, Troy University and Auburn University. The trip began with a visit to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, where the young men heard stories of the Tuskegee Airmen. During the tour, students also attended the George Washington Carver Museum located at Tuskegee Institute, and the Booker T. Washington Home and Booker T. Washington Memorial at the center of Tuskegee University.
Later, the students traveled to Birmingham to visit the Civil Rights District, an area that represented the harsh truths on leaders and community citizens who gathered for Civil Rights demonstrations in the 1960s. The tour was followed by a stop to the Civil Rights Institute in North Birmingham, which showcased historical moments from the past and brought hope for the future. They met several historians and Civil Rights leaders, such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette, along the way and was imparted with a rich geographical focus on African-American history.
The young men also visited the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where leaders marched in 1965 to rally for the rights of African-American voters. The 54-mile Voting Rights Trail was chosen as a national historic trail and is the only road in the U.S. that symbolizes two revolutionary events, Freedom Riders in 1961 and the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965.
The trip concluded with an evening dinner at the Capital City Club in Montgomery, where the young men shared their appreciation for the Alabama tour. Sophomore student, Bryson Gregory said, “I didn’t realize how much strain MLK had to go through to fight for African-Americans; he was a GREAT man.” Other students shared how the trip helped them mature as young men, taught the value of being a Black man in the United States, and inspired them to learn more about Black history.
For more information on the Black Male College Explorers Program, please contact Jermaine McKinney- firstname.lastname@example.org or 386.481.2358.
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