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Can people with hate and bigotry in their heads find a path towards reconciliation?


  • Robert Moses, Civil Rights Hero


    Robert Moses is a civil rights hero. The chronicler of the civil rights era during the King years, Taylor Branch, says that Moses was a self-effacing, observant and sensitive leader. He told one newspaper, “"To this day he is a startling paradox. I think his influence is almost on par with Martin Luther King, and yet he's almost totally unknown He is not unknown to generations of students who have benefited from Moses’ belief in the power of math to open doors to opportunity. His Macarthur Genius award testifies to the belief people have in Robert Moses’ approach to civil rights in a time when education holds the key to challenging oppression and prejudice. He continues to work through his national non-profit, “The Algebra Project,” using mathematics  as an organizing tool to pursue quality public school education for every child in America.  Robert Moses was in Seattle as a guest of Washington Stem and Project Pilgrimage. He spoke about his own work within the context of American history and his current

  • Finding The Right Words, Meg Lippert Lauren Mata, On The Bus, Spring 2016


    The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation brings people together to talk. It may sound simple, but finding the right words to bridge the deep, old divide of bigotry and prejudice in the U.S. is hard work. Community Member Meg Lippert and Utah State University student Lauren Mata marvel at the simple tools that people could use to find common ground.   Lauren Mata, USU studentphoto by Troy Bonnes Meg Lippert, Community Memberphoto by Troy Bonnes Music"Mississippi Goddam," by Nina Simone"Mississippi Burning" by Graham Nash

  • Sense of Injustice, David Domke and Jarlin Division - On the Bus, Spring 2016


    The sense of injustice is a real and palpable feeling. It lays heavy on the heart, breathing quickens, rage builds. So does hope.UW Communications Chair and Pilgrimage leader David Domke felt it in the dirt on his fingers.   UW Professor David DomkePhoto by Troy Bonnes  Utah State University student Jarlin Division could smell it and taste it, after a night in prison.  Utah State University student Jarlin DivisionPhoto by Troy Bonnes EJI's project to honor and memorialize the victims of lynching is ongoing. Learn how you can participate.

  • What is the Story of Your Name Michael Moynihan and Nathan Bean - On the Bus, Spring 2016


    Our names have a kind of power. They sketch us, we fill them out.UW students Michael "Renaissance" Moynihan and  Nathan Hamlin Bean share the story of their names.  Michael "Renaissance" Moynihan (Troy Bonnes phot) Nathan Hamlin Bean at Gee's Bend Quilters Collective, Gee's Bend, Mississippi

  • Know History, Andy Reynolds and Davon White- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    On the Bus with the March 2016 Civil Rights Pilgrimage supported by community members and the UW, Bellevue College and USU

  • Remembering Emmett Till, Julie Lyons and Kira Baker- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    The story of Emmett Till's brutal murder resonates through the years.  The civil rights pilgrims, students from UW, Bellevue College and Utah State University as well as adult community members from around the NW, walked through the Emmett Till Museum, established in tiny Glendora Mississippi through the efforts of the town's mayor, Johnny B. Thomas.   Back on the bus, Community member Julie Lyons and University of Washington Student Kira Baker were still processing the moment and how Till's murder affected America. Playbill image from The Ballad of Emmett Till

  • Leaving Money, Rolling into Sumner, Davon White and Calvin Lyons - On the Bus, Spring 2016


    We've got Mississippi on our minds. We traveled to Money, Mississippi, where we stood outside the decaying building that once housed a grocery infamous in American history. In August, 1955, Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Money, a small town in the Mississippi Delta.  He may have spoken to 21 year old Carole Bryant, the white, married proprietor of the store. If so, that simple act was his death sentence.  Three nights later, Roy Bryant, Carole's husband, and his half brother J.W. Milam, abducted Till. They beat him, mutilated him, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie river. His bloated corpse was  found three days later. Mamie Till-Mobley, Till's mother, held a public funeral in Chicago. His body was displayed in an open casket. The event exposed American racism to the world.In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder. Protected from b

  • Leaving Money, Mississippi, Samri Tasew and Ron Posthuma- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    We went to Money, Mississippi to track the legacy of the murder of Emmett Till. The murder was more than 60 years ago, but it isn't forgotten. The pain seems to linger like a heavy shadow over parts of the Mississippi Delta.  Community member Ron Posthuma and Bellevue College Student Samri Tasew were dealing with that weight. Ron Posthuma and Samri Tasew on the bus. ( photo by Troy Bonnes)

  • Black Power Leads To Black Lives Matter- Michael Moynihan and Bob Zellner- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    We are just off the Bus, in Greenwood, Mississippi, standing in the park where in 1966 Stokely Carmicheal (Kwame Ture) gave the speech that brought the concept of black power into public consciousness. What did it mean? Why did it frighten so many whites while worrying some black activists and empowering others?  More importantly, what is the connection between black power and black lives matter?Bob Zellner, longtime civil rights activist and UW student Michael Moynihan, student leader of the civil rights pilgrimage and black lives matter activist talk to the group about the links from past to present.  Warning, there are a couple of swear words. 

  • Equal Justice Jeanine Blue Lupton and Mark Pearson- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    Anthony Ray Hinton was freed after spending 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery Alabama, helped secure Hinton's release. He has come out without bitterness, without anger.  Community member and Pilgrimage musician Mark Pearson reflects with community member Jeanine Blue Lupton about HInton's conscious rejection of hatred for the people who  deliberately imprisoned him.  The Equal Justice Initiative was formed to change the American prison system. Hinton is one of more than 156 people exonerated or released from death row in the U.S. since 1973.Jeanine was struck by a different moment from our trip. White privilege is a term many white people don't quite get. But during a discussion of whether our diverse group should go to a Trump rally, that concept became clear to many on the bus.  Music is by Mark Pearson, Songman.

  • Courage and Pain- Rita Kelly, Jason Gilmore- On the Bus, Spring 2016


    Community member Rita Kelly has been inspired by the courage of the youth who drove the civil rights movement 60 years ago. She sees it in youth today.  Utah State University Professor and Pilgrimage leader Jason Gilmore can see courage rise in spite of  pain, but the pain is still present and very real.  

  • Exhilaration and Exhaustion- Sly Cann and Susan Shulkin - On the Bus, Spring 2016


    We  traveled to the highest peaks and lowest valleys in one day. On the the bus to Birmingham, we talked to each other about the ride so far.  Community members Sly Cann and Susan Schulkin talked about the challenge of opening up to strangers on a cramped bus and wondered how other folks might respond to such an exhilarating but exhausting day.  

  • Nashville- Vichayapai, Copoloff, Tran, Michener, Raman and Halprin


    The struggles for civil rights in America didn't happen by accident. The actions that led to the end of Jim Crow were planned and executed by people trained in direct action.54 people are on a bus traveling across the American South. First Stop, Nashville, home of American Baptist College and Fisk University, two Historically Black Colleges where civil rights eraprotests and actions of the late 1950's and 1960's were planned and co-ordinated by students.Community member Marissa Vichayapai, Bellevue College Student Chloe Copoloff, UW student and leader Simon Tran, Community member and Bellevue College High School teacher Luke Michener, Bellevue student Shreyas Raman  and Community member Mike Halprin talk about their experiences as the pilgrimage begins.

  • What's The Story of Your Name- Baker, Bell, Copoloff, Division, Huang, Mata, Raman, Tran and White - On the Bus, Spring 2016


    52 folks are about to step onto a big bus in Nashville, Tennessee. We are on a civil rights pilgrimage together. Our goal is to better understand the struggles of the past and the present. Who are we? Well, one way to explore that is by answering the question, what is the story of your name? Who's name?Kira Baker, Alice Bell, Chloe Copoloff, Jarlin Division, Gigi Huang, Lauren Mata, Shreyas Raman, Simon Tran, Devon White

  • Martha's Place- On the Bus, Fall 2015


    Martha Hawkins serves hope and faith along with black-eyed peas.

  • Love and Faith and Music- On the Bus, Fall 2015


    The foot soldiers of the civil rights movement were shot, beaten, jailed, even murdered. Yet they kept on marching. Love for their community and faith in justice bound them. Music was the glue. 

  • Black Power- On the Bus, Fall 2015


    From the Mississippi Delta, the call for Black Power, electrified the nation in the 1960's. For some it was an affirmation of hope and strength, a path to economic and political empowerment.

  • The Heart and Soul of Community -On The Bus Fall 2015


    For all the ways we devise to pull communities apart,  people find ways to rebuild, 

  • Resolve: On The Bus, Fall 2015


    History doesn’t stay in the past.The issues that drove an earlier generation to demand justice for all remain unresolved. I’m Cynthia Wanjiku along with Scott MacDonald, Michael, “Renaissance”Moynihan and Sade Britt.We are part of a multi generational, multi-ethnic, multi gender group of 53 people from the Pacific Northwest and we are on a pilgrimage across the American south. We are riding a bus thru Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.We are seeking the links in the chain that connect the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s to the ongoing quest for equal justice in the 21st century. 

  • Zellner University - On the Bus, Spring 2015


    Bob Zellner is a civil rights foot soldier.  He marched with Dr. King, with Rosa Parks, with John Lewis. Bob Zellner joined our group ostensibly to provide some historic perspective.  He brought humor, clarity and inspiration. On a cold day in Mississippi, the roads covered in sheet ice, we stayed off the bus. Instead, we gathered in a conference room of our hotel for a long, warm session of what we called Zellner University.    Over the years in the movement, Bob Zellner has been attacked, beaten into unconsciousness, had his life threatened, been arrested 18 times. But at 76, he is still marching and still singing.  As he told us one night, as he made his way to the front of a church, rather than linger in the back, “that’s the thing about the SNCC guys, we always want to be up front, where the action is” Bob Zellner was the first white field secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.  SNCC was one of the most important grass roots groups

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