Division of Student Affairs

Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2019

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 by Jolie Helton under Uncategorized. Tags:


During the UNCG fall break, 35 student leaders participated on a tour of various historic areas in Virginia and Washington, D.C. for the 2019 Civil Rights Pilgrimage (CRP). The CRP is an opportunity for students to embark on an educational experience over fall break to draw connections between activism from historical Civil and Human Right Movements and contemporary social movements. At each historic site visited, students were tasked with not only touring and learning the respective history, but to think through and plan creative methods in which they could share the information with fellow students and staff of the UNCG campus and community. The trip was chaperoned by four Division of Student Affairs staff members: Daisy Santiago (Office of Intercultural Engagement), Robert Barker (Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities), Kristina Gage (Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement), and Demarcus Merritt (Office of Housing & Residence Life).


Itinerary and Feedback:

October 12

Booker T. Washington National Monument Hardy, Va.

Robert Russa Moton Museum Farmville, Va.

“I was able to uncover and be exposed to new information regarding education and civil rights. It uncovered a new appreciation for my own personal education and the access I have to it.”

October 13

Jamestown Settlement / American Indian Intertribal Powwow Williamsburg, Va.

“The Pow Wow was the highlight of this day for me… I enjoyed learning about the Native American history and it was super informative and interesting.”

October 14

National Museum of African-American History and Culture Washington, D.C.

National Archives Building and Museum Washington, D.C.

“LOVED THIS DAY, and I wish we had more time! The National Museum of African-American History and Culture was beautiful…”

October 15

Hampton University Museum Hampton, Va.

Fort Monroe Fort Monroe, Va.

“I am grateful for the experience and the opportunity to fill many gaps in my knowledge of my African-American history.”

“I believe that seeing Fort Monroe was a great ending and a great last stop for the end of the trip. It was a beautiful site to just sit and be at peace and soak up everything from each day of the trip.”

86% of student leader participants who completed the CRP assessment indicated that they met five or more people on the trip, and 100% indicated that they would recommend the experience to another student.

“I do believe CRP really pushed us to look at the importance of working across different identities because we are all one. None of us are alone in this fight and our trip leaders really emphasized that.”