Organization designs civil rights trip


Josh Peck

Students participate in the MLK March holding a UTSA banner.

Josh Peck, News Editor

Over 40 UTSA students visited memorials, museums and other historical sites across several southern states this January to get hands-on education regarding the history of civil rights and social justice in the U.S.

The program is called the Civil Rights and Social Justice Experience (CRSJ), and the Student Leadership Center (SLC), which offers leadership development opportunities to students, staff and faculty, organizes the trip every year for students. This year’s program lasted five days and included sites such as the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Bloody Sunday. Many of the students that took part in the CRSJ Experience will be attending the annual San Antonio MLK March to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights movement. The march takes place on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., starting at 3501 MLK Drive.

The SLC will be hosting a reflection in which students who attended the trip will be able to highlight what they learned in the HEB Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102) on Jan. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.