Civil Rights Staff Ride
Over time, Constitutional principles allowing slavery and later legalized discrimination slowly gave way toward more equal treatment of the law. A historical understanding of these changes is fundamental to understanding the evolution of civil rights and, ultimately, modern day racial issues. The CROL, through speakers, conferences and Cadet summer experiences, seeks to bring to light these historical underpinnings that connect the legacy of discrimination to current events.
The CROL's annual Civil Rights Staff Ride - created and developed by Dr. Robert Goldstein - leverages the U.S. Army's reputation for social justice to allow Cadets and faculty to meet with extraordinary witnesses to the civil rights movement, and innovatively uses cultural immersion to promote understanding of the beautiful diversity of our country.
The Staff Ride is a three credit course which includes one week in the classroom and two weeks on the road. It is an intense and interdisciplinary learning experience for Cadets which integrates classroom lessons and films with the opportunity to visit essential historical locations and meet with influential figures involved in the civil rights movement.
Cadets on the Civil Rights Staff Ride visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama