This April, North Lake College students will travel by bus to visit landmarks of the American Civil Rights Movement as part of the college’s second Civil Rights Tour. The trip takes place April 2-5, with stops in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi. Students enrolled in certain ENGL, PSYC, ECON, PHIL, and HIST courses (listed at the end of this post) can earn extra credit for participating in the field trip. All currently enrolled NLC students can sign up to participate.

This trip is an opportunity to learn outside the classroom walls — by walking through the scenes of iconic moments in the civil rights struggle, visiting some of our nation’s foremost historical museums and memorials, and studying with instructors who are passionate about American history.

Before the trip begins, a series of associated Civil Rights Tour Seminars will take place on NLC’s Central Campus. The schedule is below. These seminars are free and open to all members of the campus community, even if you’re not taking the tour.

The trip is led by NLC history professor Dr. Roy Vu and Dr. Beth Nikopoulos, director of the North Lake College Student Life Center.

Tour Details

The fee to participate is $225. This includes room and board, meals, museum admission, and bus travel. Students may reserve a spot now by paying a $125 deposit at the NLC Business Office by March 2. The full $225 is due by March 24. You must be a currently enrolled North Lake College student to participate.

Full details of the tour’s travel schedule will be released soon. Please note that this trip involves periods of 6-8 hours sitting on a bus and students are expected to stay together as a group at all times during the trip.

For more information, email Dr. Beth Nikopoulos or Dr. Roy Vu.

To register for the course, start by filling out this simple online form.

All students who sign up for the trip must attend one of the two mandatory orientations, either Weds., March 25 at 2 p.m. or Thurs., March 26 at 2 p.m., in room A206. (There is no need to attend both.) Orientation is led by Dr. LaJuanda Bonham Jones and Dr. Kenneth Chapman.

Civil Rights Tour Seminar Schedule

Each installment in this seminar series is a 1-hour session. Each seminar takes place in room A206. Students must attend a minimum of four seminars; the general public is invited to attend as well.

Voting in the Jim Crow Era
Dr. Roy Vu
Weds., Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

The Power of the Vote in the African-American Church
Dr. Darryl Howard
Thurs., Feb. 13, 2 p.m.

African American and Latinx Coalition for Voting Rights in Dallas
Prof. James Durán
Thurs., Feb. 20, 2 p.m.

Racism, Prejudice and Implicit Bias
Dr. Sherry Boyd and Prof. Rebecca Escoto
Weds., Feb. 26, 2 p.m.

Mississippi Burning: African Americans and the Vote in Mississippi
Dr. Malcolm Frierson
Thurs., March 5, 2 p.m.

Voting and Mass Incarceration
Dr. Beth Nikopoulos
Weds., March 11, 2 p.m.

Civil Rights Tour Courses

Students taking the following courses, with the specified instructors, receive extra credit for attending the Civil Rights Tour:

  • ECON 2301-73001, Charles
  • ECON 2301-73432, Charles
  • ECON 2302-73001, Charles
  • ECON 2302-73430, Charles
  • GOVT 2305-73002, Duran
  • HIST 1301-73002, Vu
  • HIST 1302-73008, Vu
  • HIST 1302-73010, Frierson
  • HUMA 2319-70202, Boyd
  • PHIL 1304-73001, Howard
  • PHIL 1304-79003, Howard
  • PSYC 2314-79021, McGuirk