Historical ‘Journey to Atlanta’ planned Feb. 24-27

Purdue University Calumet is coordinating a historical Journey to Atlanta, as reflected in the Civil Rights movement, Feb. 24-27.

The trip includes visits to sites and museums that recount social, historical, political, cultural, economic and socio-psychological experiences of the southern city, including the development of the black middle class and the founding of colleges, universities and business districts.

Planned journey visits include:

• Atlanta’s Cyclorama – a sweeping panorama of the July 24, 1864 Civil War Battle of Atlanta;

• Margaret Mitchell House – a turn-of-the-century, three-story, Tudor Revival building where the author lived and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Gone With the Wind;

• Booker T. Washington High School – Atlanta’s first black public high school was constructed in the 1920s during the city’s major school building program. Graduates include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Louis Sullivan and Lena Horne;

• Sweet Auburn Avenue Historic District – this one and one-half mile area reflects the history, heritage and achievements of Atlanta’s African-Americans.

Additionally, visits will be made to the Atlanta University Center comprising the world’s oldest and largest group of African-American private institutions of higher learning, including Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and Morris Brown College; the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site; and Collier Heights, one of the nation’s few communities built exclusively by African-American planners for Atlanta’s African-American middle class.

Tour participants will travel on a luxury bus equipped with monitors and DVD/VCR player. The $575 per person fee also includes six meals, three-night hotel accommodation based on double room occupancy, and admission to museums and historic sites.

Registration deadline is Jan. 18.

The journey is available to community residents, as well as Purdue Calumet students, who can earn three hours of Ethnic Studies academic credit.

Purdue Calumet’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Multi-Cultural Campus Council and the Ethnic Studies program are sponsoring the tour. Registration details and other information are available by phoning the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs at 219/989-2779 or 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2779, or by e-mailing Hamilton@calumet.purdue.edu.