Program Dates: May 30 - June 9, 2022

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This five-week summer program is an intense immersion in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. We will spend seven class sessions learning the history of the Movement through books, films, photographs, and songs. We will then take to the road for 11 days, visiting key sites like Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Montgomery, and Selma. These site visits will deepen our understanding and give us a tangible feel for the living past. We will then meet for two final sessions to collectively reflect on what we have learned, and how we might convey it to others.

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Important Dates

Office of Study Abroad Scholarship Deadline

December 11, 2021

Deposit Deadline

March 15, 2022

Final Payment Deadline

April 1, 2022

Mandatory Orientation

Spring Semester 2022

Contact Us

Study Abroad Office

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

AH E134



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Course Offered

HIST 4950: Civil Rights in the Deep South
Professor: John Hayes

This summer program is an intense five-week immersion in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. We will spend the first two and a half weeks in the classroom, learning the complex history of the Movement. With historical context established, we will then take to the road for 11 days, visiting key sites in the movement like Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee. At each site we will analyze not only the history as source materials are on display, but also how that history is presented for a contemporary public. In our final week we will return to the classroom, reflecting collectively on what we have learned and preparing our reflections for a public presentation. We will meet on campus for two sessions after the trip for collective reflections.

If program travel is cancelled due to travel restrictions from the State Department, University System of Georgia, or Augusta University, this course will NOT be offered during Summer 2022.

*Pre-req: HIST 2111 or 2112

Program Cost

Program Fee: $1200 + Tuition & Fees 

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due: April 1, 2022

Bus fees, lodging, some meals, travel insurance, and mandatory excursions are included in your fees. Additional expenses include some meals and souvenir items.

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Day One

Depart Augusta for Atlanta.

Visit Martin Luther King National Historical Park

Explore the Auburn Ave neighborhood.

Stay the night in Atlanta.



Day Two

Explore the Atlanta University Center, Vine City neighborhood.

Depart Atlanta for Birmingham, AL. While en route, visit Anniston Freedom Riders Monument, visit Bethel Baptist Church, and Dynamite Hill. Then, spend the night in Birmingham.




Day Three

Visit 16th St Baptist Church, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park. Depart Birmingham for Memphis, TN. Spend the night in Memphis.



Day Four

Visit the National Civil Rights Museum and Mason Temple. Spend the night in Memphis, TN.



Day Five

Depart Memphis for Little Rock. Visit Central High School National Historic Site.  Depart Little Rock for Marks, Ruleville to visit the Delta Regional Mule Train Market and Museum, Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden and Museum. Spend the night in Clarksdale.



Day Six

Depart Clarksdale for Sumner, Glendora, Money, Greenwood.  Visit Emmett Till Interpretive Center, River Site, Bryant’s store, and Broad St Historical Park. Depart Greenwood for Jackson, MS. Visit Medgar Evers home and then spend the night in Jackson.



Day Seven

Visit the Civil Rights Museum, Jackson historical markers (Greyhound station, Woolworth’s, COFO office, state capitol rally). Excursion to Canton: visit Canton Freedom House. Spend the night in Jackson, MS.



Day Eight

Depart Jackson for Marion. En route, visit Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner historical marker. Visit Marion Civil Rights sites. Depart Marion for Selma where we will spend the night.



Day Nine

Walk the Selma-to-Montgomery Trail from Brown Chapel to Edmund Pettus Bridge.  Visit the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. Depart Selma for Montgomery, continuing the Selma-to-Montgomery Trail. En route, visit Lowndes Interpretive Center and First Baptist Church Hayneville. Spend the night in Montgomery, AL.



Day Ten

Visit the Legacy Museum, Civil Rights Memorial, and the National Memorial for Peace & Justice. Spend the night in Montgomery.



Day Eleven

Visit the Rosa Parks Museum, Dexter Ave Baptist Church, and Freedom Rides Museum. Depart Montgomery for Atlanta. Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights and then depart Atlanta for Augusta arriving back late in the day.

*Itinerary may be subject to change

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