The Civil Rights Movement: An Experiential Journey for TMA students
Oftentimes the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s is studied in classrooms in context of long ago history, distancing this powerful movement from contemporary struggles. Thurgood Marshall Academy will provide an opportunity to bring the Civil Rights history to life for students, allowing them to experience the stories of change-makers who boldly advocated for change during the 1960s and who are continuing to invest in their communities to fight for justice.
Taking a 10-day experiential journey through select cities in the South, students will engage in conversations and experiences that deepen their understanding of the injustices in our community today.
As 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the trip provides a unique opportunity to connect the civil rights movement of the south with the civil rights movement of the north, specifically in Washington D.C. The impact of the DC uprising that followed King’s assassination can currently be seen in every corner of our city where our students live, and is the foundation to our local conversations around gentrification, affordable housing and equitable opportunities.
The costs for this trip fall outside our school budget and we are seeking additional funding from our generous supporters. To make a donation, please click this link: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/tmafieldtrip
The District Social Justice Fund will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions up to $5,000. This generous support is in honor of Kirk Odom, Santae Tribble, Cleveland Wright and Donald Gates – men exonerated of wrongful convictions in the District who together were incarcerated for more than 100 years for crimes they did not commit. All donations received will be matched by the District Social Justice Fund, up to a total of $5,000. Your gift is worth twice as much – please support as generously as you can. Donate now!