JONESBORO, Ark. – A group of students in Northeast Arkansas are being rewarded for their interest in civil rights.
The group in the photo are students from Jonesboro Public Schools. The high schoolers completed essays to be selected for the trip to the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The trip will take place on Friday.
The Lorraine Motel is the the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information on the museum, click here.
With Tuesday, Feb. 21, being the anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X, and February being Black History Month, students heard from an Arkansas State University professor in preparation for Friday’s field trip. Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, history professor at Arkansas State University, visited students to provide background and history.
Jones-Branch joined the History Department faculty in 2003, according to her A-State bio. She most recently published Crossing the Line: Women’s Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II, and is co-editor of Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times.
Photos from Jonesboro Public Schools on Twitter.