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The Civil Rights Heritage Group Make History Come Alive

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

Located on the third floor of Wiekamp Hall, room 3210, is a small office called the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Please do not be misled by the size of those four walls as it does not do justice to the magnitude this powerhouse gives to the community and campus.

The goal of the Civil Rights Heritage Center is to revive and educate the commitment of the Civil Rights Movement to those living in today’s community. Members of this club do so by volunteering in activities like the Diversity Reading Program at area public schools, participating in the 21st Century Scholars Citizenship Enhancement Program, IUSB Summer Leadership Academy, as well as reliving history through Freedom Summer Tour.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center also contributes to the Natatorium at Adams High School to help promote and celebrate the study of the Civil Rights Movement in the North. A fraction of the goals the Civil Rights Heritage Center has for the future of the Natatorium includes having various community speakers, internships for IUSB students, and more exposure to the community.

In their free time, the Civil Rights Heritage Center takes field trips and does leisure activities. A recent trip taken this past year was to Chicago to visit the DuSable Museum of African-American history. Leisurely activities include the skating party and the potluck dinners.

One event that I had the opportunity to join was the trip to the Northern Indiana Center for History for the exhibit on the northern Civil Rights Movement that took place here in South Bend. With Dr. Tetzlaff and Stephanie McCune guiding us through the exhibit, I forgot about being on assignment, and enjoyed learning the rich history that is right out our front doors.

The Civil Rights Heritage Center is open to any students.  For more information please contact the Civil Rights Heritage Center at civilrts@iusb.edu.

Stacy Rummel

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