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52 Strong: USU Civil Rights Pilgrimage Preview

USU Professor Jason Gilmore marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama with civil rights leader Bob Zellner, the first white field secretary for SNCC, on the 49th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march.

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma is coming up next week. Hoping to gain attention for voting rights, peaceful protesters, in the face of violence, walked 54 miles between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama.

Utah State University Assistant Professor of Global Communication Jason Gilmore and two of his students, Spanish major Adrian Bustamante and global communication major Miranda Vance, will be traveling by bus to Selma for the anniversary. Along for the trip are 49 other participants, including those from the University of Washington and Bellevue College. Along the way, the group of 52 will be stopping at sites important to the civil rights movement.

Gilmore will be sending UPR reports from the road.

We begin the series with a conversation with Gilmore about the history of the road trip, and what he hopes to gain from the pilgrimage.

UPR will be bringing listeners updates as the group travels throughout the South. You can also keep up with the travelers on their Facebook page, or on Instagram @usucivilrights.