Civil Rights Immersion Trip to Nashville and Memphis, TN


CommUNITY Education Program

Campus MLK Jr. Event Calendar

Fisk University

Belle Meade Plantation

National Civil Rights Museum

A GREAT WAY to honor the birth of a Dream and to sustain its legacy.

JOIN US as we learn and understand our place in a movement that continues.
As a part of the CommUNITY Education Program's commitment to diversity education, we are excited to sponsor the thirteenth annual Civil Rights Immersion Trip. In past years we have traveled to civil rights landmarks and museums in Birmingham, Montgomery, Memphis, Washington DC., Lawrence and Topeka, KS, Atlanta, Little Rock, and Tuskegee.

In order to inspire students to continue Dr. King's work in today's society. We selected destinations and experiences that we hope will not only invite participants to learn but also challenge them with personalizing the commitment to equal opportunity and human dignity that Dr. King embodied. Our tentative plans include visiting Nashville, Tennessee spending time with students at Fisk University to understand how the experiences of students at an Historically Black University compare and contrast with those at Indiana University and explore the prominence of Fisk University in the Civil Rights movement. We will also visit the Belle Meade Plantation. On Saturday we will travel to Memphis to visit the National Civil Rights Museum.

Thanks in part to generous donations from several campus departments, the cost of this trip is ONLY $30 and which includes hotel lodging for two days (two beds with quad occupancy), transportation, museum admissions and educational materials. You will be responsible for food costs and any other expenses. The $30 is a non-refundable registration fee.

Our learning excursion will start on Friday, January 16th, 2015, at 5:30 AM in Foster Formal Lounge. We will travel directly to Fish University and then Belle Meade before checking into the hotel. There will be some free time in the evenings but the days are booked with activities. Our tentative time of return to Bloomington is 11:00PM on Sunday, January 18, 2015. There are no classes on Monday, January 19th, 2015, but we encourage participants to attend the Unity Summit (more details on the bus).

Step One

  1. Follow the link below to complete an on-line application. Priority application deadline is December 8th. Applications will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis. Please act now as every year the bus fills quickly.
  2. Your application will be reviewed, and participants will be selected and notified starting December 10th.

Step Two

  1. If you are notified that you have been selected for the trip, you must submit the $30.00 registration fee by December 15th to guarantee your spot on the bus. We will start releasing spots to alternates after this date. The fee should be turned in at 801 N. Jordan (cash or checks, made payable to the CommUNITY Education Program, are accepted) between 8:00 AM Ð 5:00 PM to Kelsey Butcher.