Pre-Trip Party

We had our first meeting at Professor Campbell’s house in Winona.┬áSome of the students knew each other already, but tonight was a good way for everyone to be introduced and get to know each other.

Hard-thinking students Jessica H., Tyler, Sarah M. and Hannah.

Hard-thinking students Jessica H., Tyler, Sarah M. and Hannah.

 

There was a collective groan when Professor Campbell announced the ice breaker game. Memories of freshmen orientation week came rushing back to everyone and someone yelled, “It’s orientation week all over again!”

We got worldly advice from Professor Alex Hines about southern mannerisms and how to talk about the Civil Rights Movement to different age groups, and learned that “yes ma’am” and “yes sir” are the right way to address someone.

Professor Alex Hines gives us advice about the South.

Professor Alex Hines talking about his own experiences in the South.

Joe Morse, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement from Winona, Minn., spoke about his experiences working in Mississippi and Alabama in 1964. Morse will be traveling with us for the full two weeks and sharing more of his experiences with us along the way.

Joe Morse, local civil rights activist and veteran of 1964 Freedom Summer.

Joe Morse, local civil rights activist and veteran of 1964 Freedom Summer.

We also learned who is a morning person and who isn’t. For those who aren’t, we were asked what makes us get up and going in the morning. The most popular answers were food, coffee, music and peace and quiet.

It was a good time and before we knew it we were saying goodbye and “see ya next Monday.”

(Author’s Note: Just doing some last minute editing and deciding to make this entry that was originally on the photo page into a separate blog).