‌We March for Justice

No information is yet avaliable for the spring 2020 trip. An informational meeting will be scheduled for fall 2019. 

2019 Trip Highlight

The 2019 trip particpants where featured in the Canton Newspaper with Civil Rights footsolider, Flonzie Brown Wright. Click here to read the full article. 

About the Trip:

We March for Justice is a one-week study and tour of the American civil rights movement with focus on parts of the South. The spring 2019 trip traveled throughout Memphis, Tennessee; the Mississippi Delta; Jackson, Mississippi; and Canton, Mississippi to study the landscape of justice in America. Students were led by Dr. David Williard and Dr. Todd Lawrence, who co-taught Reading Black Resistance, and Cynthia Fraction, MA, director of the Excel! Research Scholars program. Together they examined issues relating to race and oppression, Jim Crow, the strength of race and community as a collective, and how working together helps to move America forward.  We investigated the landscape of justice in America through a culmination of field experiences, museum study, readings, videos, meetings with foot soldiers, and class discussions. This study tour explores some challenging history centered on racial oppression and the struggles for equality yesterday and today. The study and tour seeks to address the question: What provokes social change and justice in America?  


Trip Leaders

Dr. David C. Williard, Professor, Department of History

Cynthia J. Fraction, MA, Director, Excel! Research Scholars program

Dr. D. Todd Lawrence, Professor, Department of English

Just the Facts! 

Travel dates: TBD for the 2020 trip. 

To participate you must apply: Applications are not yet avaliable for the 2020 trip. 

Eligibility: Must be a student in the fall 2018 Reading Black Resistance class or an eligible Excel! Research Scholar (ineligible scholars are those who have been on this trip before or who have graduated), and must be able to attend all meetings, the entire trip, and meet trip policies, expectations and requirements. 

How many students will go? Eight students will be selected from the application process. Interviews may be required if we receive an excessive number of applications. Participants will be interviewed by Dr. Williard, Dr. Lawrence, and Cynthia Fraction. 

Travel information: We fly round trip from Minneapolis to Memphis, Tennessee, on Delta Air Lines. A coach bus is used to travel throughout the South (If you get motion or car sickness this IS NOT the trip for you). We will stay in reputable hotels throughout the trip. You will have a same-sex roommate and your own bed. 


All participants are required to pay airfare and meals. The following information is from the 2019 trip, cost details for 2020 will not be exactly the same. Airfare is $346.00* (tax and fees included) as of Nov. 15, 2019. This price could change at the discretion of the airline. You can check one bag at the university's expense; extra bags will cost you. Breakfasts are included in the hotel fee; you will not pay for breakfast. We estimate $15 or less for lunch and $20 or less for dinner. Most students pay a lot less than this. Expect eight lunches and seven dinners for an estimated total of $260. Money will also be needed for spending. 

Paying for your ticket: Deposit due Jan. 22, 2019: $50. Second installment due Feb. 1, 2019: $200. Final installment due Feb. 15, 2019: $96.

Cancellation policy: You can cancel on or before Feb. 1, 2019, and receive your deposit of $50. If you cancel after Feb. 1, you will lose your deposit. If you cancel after Feb. 15, you will lose your payment. Payment in full not received by Feb.15, 2019, will eliminate your space and forfeit your deposits for the trip. 

Important: Failure to respond within 24 hours to emails pertaining to the trip can also forfeit your space. Make sure to read all emails. You must have proper identification for traveling. All travelers are required to submit a current state-issued ID and insurance card. This will be due upon receipt of your application. Without this we cannot consider your application. Temporary IDs will not pass airport security. 

Contracts: All students will be required to sign a University Code of Conduct and Responsibilities contract as part of the application process.   

Spring 2018 11 students with professors David Williard and Todd Lawrence, as well as Excel! Research Scholars Director Cynthia Fraction traveled through Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama to study the civil rights movement. The group visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. They participated in the Trail of Terror: A Study of the Emmett Till Story led by Glendora Mississippi, Mayor Mr. Johnny B. Thomas. They also met with Ms. Flonzie Brown Wright, a foot soldier of the civil rights movement, who gave them a tour of Canton, Mississippi. Along with these were countless other visits to historic places, visits with significant people of the civil rights movement, and tours of museums and cities.