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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

URI offers a Civil Rights educational &
historical tour to Mississippi

KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 1, 2001 -- Dr. Bernard LaFayette, director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, is planning another trip to the South to visit sites made famous by the Civil Rights Movement.

This time, LaFayette who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and served on his executive staff, will act as tour historian on a visit to civil rights sites in Mississippi. LaFayette and Melvin Wade, director of URI’s Multicultural Center, are offering to the public a chance to participate.

The trip, planned during college inter-session from January 3 to January 7, 2002, is designed to accommodate 35 people, college students as well as adult members of the community. Undergraduate college students can earn independent credit for the trip.

Highlights of the tour include The National Civil Rights Museum, the site where Dr. King was assassinated, Parchman Prison where the "Freedom Riders" were imprisoned, and the University of Mississippi where former Governor Ross Barnett defied court-ordered desegregation.

The tour also includes a visit to the home of the late Medgar Evers who was NAACP secretary for Mississippi when he was shot and killed in his driveway and a stop in Philadelphia, Miss. to pay homage to three college students --- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner – who were murdered by the Klu Klux Klan.

The tour cost is $390 per person, not including travel to Nashville. Deadline for the nonrefundable $100 deposit is due no later than November 15.

For more information, call at The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at 874-9037 or e-mail You can also e-mail or visit website

For Information: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

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