Civil Rights: Freedom Highway Pilgrimage is Underway

Civil Rights: Freedom Highway Pilgrimage is Underway

Published: January 4, 2019.

Lewis University students attending this year’s Civil Rights: Freedom Highway Pilgrimage departed Jan. 3 for Memphis, Tenn., Selma, Ala., Montgomery, Ala., and Birmingham, Ala. The annual Civil Rights: Freedom Highway Pilgrimage includes visiting the historical landscape while also engaging in important theological discussions.

Students Cache Binion (Chicago), Grace Crumbaugh (Joliet, Ill.), Anthony Gautier (Berwyn, Ill.), Michael Hassan (Chicago), Michael Nutter (LaGrange, Ill.), Jacqueline Zawada (DesPlaines, Ill.), and Kimberly Zuleger (Aurora, Ill.) were led by with Dr. Dennis Cremin, history professor, and Sr. Emily Brabham, OSF, university minister.

Lewis University utilizes immersive, place-based learning to engage students on multiple levels in their search for truth. The History Department and University Ministry partner for the unique experience by looking at the places and events within the Civil Rights Movement through a historical lens and through a Catholic Social Teaching lens. One of the most anticipated sites for this year is the newly opened Equal Justice Initiative, home to the lynching museum. This is an honest look at some of the darkest moments in American history. Students are also eager to see how the Civil Rights Movement was and is driven by hope for a better future.

This pilgrimage also allows students to encounter Lasallians at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. During their time in Memphis, not only will they get to spend time with the Christian Brothers’ community, but also the Lasallian Volunteers and CBU students. A Lewis University alumna, Jessica Kaluzny, is in her second year of service there as a Lasallian Volunteer.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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