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Civil rights movement course

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will offer a summer course focusing on the rhetoric of the civil rights movement at the Gwinnett University Center in Lawrenceville, where UGA provides bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The course, speech communication 3330 on the rhetoric of the civil rights movement, includes a “rolling classroom” tour of historic civil rights sites in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The course is open to students enrolled in UGA undergraduate degree programs in Gwinnett and Athens, and meets the university’s cultural diversity requirement and the Franklin College’s multicultural requirement. Non-UGA students may enroll in the course as transient students.

A few spaces on the tour may be available for non-students. A $150 deposit per person is required of each non-student participating in the tour.

The class will meet at the Gwinnett University Center, just off Highway 316 at Collins Hill Road, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. July 11 to Aug. 2, with the tour scheduled July 29–Aug. 1. Students will travel more than 1,500 miles by bus to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Atlanta. Along the way, foot soldiers of the civil rights movement will share their personal experiences with the students. For more information, contact the instructor, Rita Van Zant, at or (678) 407‑5239.