One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

by Caroline Tomlinson, Communications Content Manager

What better way to learn about the history of the civil rights movement than by traveling its route by bus? Cedarville University students are going to do just that. Leaving Thursday, Oct. 20, and returning Monday, Oct. 24, a group of 24 students and two faculty members will experience the history of the 1950s and 60s throughout the Deep South with the new course Civil Rights in America—Tour.

The Civil Rights TourA charter bus will take the group to Memphis, Tennessee, and drive across Mississippi, much as the Freedom Riders did in 1963. The bus will reach Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, all key spots during the civil rights movement. The bus tour’s final stop is Atlanta, Georgia, where the group will visit Atlanta Bible Baptist Church and The King Center.

Dr. Robert Clark, assistant professor of history at Cedarville and one of the faculty members leading the trip, believes the trip will provide students with effective ways to engage in American culture.

This bus tour through the Deep South is designed to give students a realistic understanding of the civil rights movement and the evils of racism. Clark will be joined by Dr. Patrick Oliver, director of the criminal justice program at Cedarville. The two will teach this course, giving lectures, facilitating group discussions, and guiding students through the questions and emotions that come up along the way.

During the trip, students will watch various films depicting the realities of the movement. One such film, “Till,” tells the story of 14-year-old-Emmett Till, who was tragically murdered in 1955. This incident was the catalyst for the modern civil rights movement. This true story, which takes place in Drew, Mississippi, offers a glimpse into the horrors of racism in the 1950s.

“The purpose of the course is not to tell students what to think about practicing cultural competency,” said Oliver. “It is to help them know what they believe and articulate the evidence that supports it. It is also to help them understand how the civil rights history impacts race relations today and to understand ethnicity from a biblical worldview.”

Civil Rights in America—Tour is being offered this semester for the first time as a 3-credit hour, half-semester course that satisfies the elective requirement for social sciences or history. This course will benefit students from any major, as it encourages cultural competency, which is key in any profession or vocation.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including a bachelor's in history, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and the #4 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit

Cedarville University’s 2022 Civil Rights Tour Itinerary

Cedarville University’s 2022 Civil Rights Tour Itinerary


Thursday, October 20

8:00am            Depart from SSC and drive to Memphis (drive time 9 hours)

Lecture / Eyes on the Prize


Movie #1 The Help


8:30pm            Group Meeting with Lecture/Activity


Friday, October 21

8:00am         Depart for Lorraine Motel Museum

                             Memphis, TN 38103


8:45am         Arrive at Lorraine Motel Museum

Lecture outside Lorraine Motel


9:30am         Tour Museum


2:15pm         Depart for Birmingham

Lecture / Movie #2 Hidden Figures


8:30pm         Group Meeting with Lecture/Activity



Saturday, October 22

8:30am         Depart for Kelly Ingram Park

                     500 17th St N

                             Birmingham AL 3520


8:30am         Video Clip: Protest & Response


9:00am         Arrive Kelly Ingram Park


9:00am            Brief Lecture


9:30am         Kelly Ingram Park self-guided walk


10:00am          Tour 16th Street Baptist Church


11:00am          Depart for Selma

Video: Eyes on the Prize (Bloody Sunday)


1:00pm         Arrive in Selma at Voters Rights Museum

                     6 US Highway 80 E

                        Selma, AL 36701


1:45pm         Walk the Edmond Pettus Bridge

Brief 5-10 min. interpretive comment before the Bridge


2:30pm         Depart for Montgomery

                     [Note: Take the same route as the March to Montgomery?]


3:30pm         National Peace and Justice Memorial

                        417 Caroline St

                        Montgomery AL 36104


6:30pm         Leave for Atlanta (drive time 2.5 hours)

Movie #3 Remember the Titans


Sunday, October 23

8:45am         Leave for Atlanta Bible Baptist Church (30 min)

                     1419 Peachcrest Rd

                             Decatur GA 30032


9:30am         Sunday School


11:00am       Church Service


3:00pm         Arrive at the King Center

                             449 Auburn Ave NE 

                             Atlanta GA 30312


8:30pm         Showtime: Till


Monday, October 24

8:30am         Leave for Cedarville University

Movie #4 Glory Road


8:30pm         Arrive at Cedarville University

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