Housing and Residence Life sponsor civil rights trip for 31 students

Over spring break, 31 students visited Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City for a civil rights trip sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. The trip was spearheaded by Omarian Brantley, a resident assistant. He and a group of dedicated committee members were given the tools, resources and support to plan a Black history trip for the university.

During the break, they visited many locations, including the following landmarks:

  • Obama’s home
  • The Church that held Emmett Till’s funeral
  • Ida B. Wells’ home
  • South Side Community Art Center
  • Nat King Cole’s home
  • DuSable Museum (the nation’s first independent museum dedicated to Black history)
  • Louis Armstrong’s home
  • Monument to the Great Migration
  • The Belmont Mansion
  • 1985 MOVE bombing site
  • The Stenton House
  • Apollo Theater
  • African Burial Ground
  • The Gate of the Exonerated
  • Howard University
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr monument

The group also got a chance to eat at African and soul food restaurants to support Black owned businesses.