Journalism Students Take Civil Rights Route to Obama Inauguration

Ten j-students at San Jose State University are currently “on a roundabout journey from Memphis to Washington, D.C.,” stopping at a number of iconic sites in America’s civil rights journey.

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As The San Jose Mercury News reports, the trip came together in the immediate aftermath of the November presidential election.  SJSU journalism professor Michael Cheers decided to build upon students’ surge in political awareness and excitement to provide them with a firsthand history lesson they most likely won’t soon forget.

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Ten students were chosen.  Fundraisers including a car wash, bake sale, and letter-writing campaign were carried out, with the school picking up the rest of the tab.  Stops on the trip have included the Memphis motel in which Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed; the site of the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi; and the spot of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four young girls in Alabama.  The students are keeping a blog about the experience, “44 Years to the 44th President,” and also uploading videos to CNN’s iReport (one of which was even aired on air).

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Watch the very powerful video below offering a “Behind the Scenes” glimpse at the students’ experience:

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Two other examples of j-students participating in the Inauguration frenzy:

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Grad students at the University of Miami are covering the festivities for The South Florida Times.

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On Monday, Southern Illinois University Carbondale j-students leave on a whirlwind bus tour to cover all-things-Obama

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