Posted: 11:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Cedarville University students take Civil Rights bus tour


Cedarville University students take Civil Rights bus tour photo
Cedarville students and members of the South Gate Baptist Church are pictured on a Civil Rights bus tour. Contributed photo

By Parker Perry

Staff Writer

Several students Cedarville University and members from a Springfield church recently took a bus tour to historical Civil Rights spots in the South.

Students said they hoped to learn from the experience and be able to apply it to their everyday life.

“I really hope to get a better understanding about what it means to be a part of a minority group,” said Brianna Prether, a student at Cedarville. “I am a history enthusiast so I am looking a lot forward this.”

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The tour covered 2,000 miles and made several stops, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., site of the 1965 Bloody Sunday voting march; and the 16th Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where four young girls were killed in a 1963 bombing.

Geraldt Stewart, a senior at the school, said he hoped to learn a lot on the trip. He looked forward to hearing from people who were directly impacted by the civil rights movement.

“I hope to be impacted personally,” Stewart said of the tour.

Pastor Bobby Hile of the South Gate Baptist Church in Springfield is also going on the trip with others from the church.

“The purpose of the tour is to look at little bit of American history and understand the history of race relations through the ages,” Hile said.

He said he hoped to learn more about how the Gospel can help race relations in America today.

Cedarville has offered a Civil Rights bus tour for the past 12 years and about 17 students attended the tour this year.


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