‌We March for Justice 2020

About the Trip:

We March for Justice is a thirteen day study tour of the American Civil Rights Movement embarking on its 10th trip this January. This year's trip will include stops in Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma, Canton, Jackson, the Mississippi Delta, Oxford, and Memphis. The theme of this tour is Church: The Epicenter of the Movement. Students will study the landscape of justice in America focusing on the role and importance of religious institutions and faith in the hearts ofthe people and communities that fought for justice. We will investigate through a culmination of field experiences, museum studies, readings, videos, meetings with foot soldiers, and class discussions. This tour will explore challenging history centered on racial oppression and struggles for equality. If you are interested, we invite you to apply!

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: January 8th- 20th, 2020 

To participate you must apply: Applications for the 2020 trip are now being accepted. Due Date: Friday, November 15th, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Application materials can be brought to AQU 320 oe 322 or emailed to excelscholars@stthomas.edu. 

Eligibility: Must be a student in the fall 2019 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 Atlanta and out of Memphis, 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. 


Cost: All participants are required to pay airfare and meals. Airfare is $350 (tax and fees included) as of 10/17/2019. 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 them. We estimate $15 or less for lunch and $20 or less fordinner. Most students pay a lot less than this. Money will also be needed for gift shops and incidentals.

Paying for your ticket:

Deposit Due: November 22nd, 2019 - $50

Second Installment Due: December 6th - $150

Final Installment Due: December 13th - $150

Travel Grant Opportunity

Application link here. 

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel on or before November 23rd, 2019 and receive your deposit back. If you cancel on or after December 7th but before December 12th you will lose your deposit and second installment. If you cancel after December 13th, you will forfeit all payments. Payment in full not received by December 13th, 2019 will eliminate your space and forfeit your deposits for the trip. Make checks payable to the University of St. Thomas. 

Important: Failure to respond within 24 hours to emails pertaining to the trip can also forfeit your space on this trip. Make sure to read all emails and respond in a timely fashion. 

Proper Identification: All travelers are required to submit a current, state issued, ID and Medical Insurance Card. This will be due upon receipt of your application. Without this we cannot consider your application. Temporary ID's 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. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Cynthia Fraction at frac2792@stthomas.edu or make an appointment to visit her with questions. Walk-ins are not encouraged.

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.