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Civil Rights Museum on Wheels

April 12, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Civil Rights Museum on Wheels

Tampa, Fla. – (April 12, 2016) – Students at Jefferson High School will witness history brought to life as the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels rolls into campus. On Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m., students will tour through the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels, a specially outfitted bus of the same model ridden by Rosa Parks during her historic protest in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.

The students from Jefferson High School have been participating in a year-long social studies class, focused on civil rights history, with students from Rochester, NY. Students from the schools interact virtually during class every week.

The Destination Diversity tour first stopped in Washington D.C. at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Members of the Department of Education’s civil rights division boarded the bus to discuss current issues affecting access to quality education with students in Rochester and at Jefferson High School, through a large video screen on the bus.

The bus is also making stops at The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C., and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA, before coming to Tampa. The class begins at 10:30 a.m. Media interested in attending the class should be in place just after 10 a.m. in front of the school. Jefferson High School is located at 4401 W. Cypress Street, Tampa.

The students are taking this virtual road trip to these historic locations to hear from activists and leaders from across the country. The digital classroom offers students the ability to overcome geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic barriers to engage in meaningful dialogue about civil rights.

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