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Students Visit International Civil Rights Center and Museum

the Sun Valley High students pose outside of the old Woolworth's store.

Spartans from Sun Valley’s Civics and Economics classes traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, on September 28th to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The center opened February 1, 2010, in the Historic Woolworth’s store where the Greensboro Four helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement on February 1, 1960.

Spartans experienced a one hour guided tour through the museum with exposure to original, local, and national artifacts of Civil Rights protests and struggles. To observe Hispanic heritage month, the visit started with a short film, “A Class Apart.” The PBS documentary traces the story behind the 1954 landmark civil rights case, Hernandez v. Texas, which was argued before the United States Supreme Court. Following the film, the guided tour began with the “Walk of Shame” and continued to the “Walk of Courage,” which led to the authentic lunch counter of Woolworth’s where the Greensboro Four actually sat. In addition, the guided tour provided an examination of segregation’s effect on society and the national and international efforts to counter the effects.

Look around campus and speak to a Spartan who attended the trip to learn much more about their trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

Written by: Brian Pitoniak
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 by Carrie Mabry

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