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Struggle for Educational Equity Along the Underground Railroad

January 22, 2013

Just one day after the national day of service honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., SOLES Ambassador Annie reflects on her course which took students along a route on the Underground Railroad. 

EDUC 597: The Struggle for Educational Equity-The Underground Railroad (Cincinnati and Philadelphia) was held in the Spring of 2012 as a hybrid course that met virtually, in-class, and with a study abroad to Cincinnati and Philadelphia.  This was my first experience to both cities and boy was it humid!!  Our class focused on the education systems during time of slavery in the south.  We visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, met the author of The Rains, Sulayman Clark, visited the city of Oberlin in Ohio, toured historical sites in Philadelphia including Mother Bethel AME Church, the African American Museum, the Liberty Bell, and the “Rocky” steps.

It was amazing to see how much history is apparent in our own country, right where we live.  This study abroad was amazing and informative.  For more on our class experience through parts of the Underground Railroad, check out our class blog at:


Our class on one of the bridges that connects Cincinnati and Kentucky

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