Sadly, the news continues to provide all of us with a steady diet of ugly stories about racism in America, a nagging challenge that persists in far too many corners of our world. Rosa Parks, the courageous civil rights activist who refused to give up her bus seat nearly 60 years ago in Montgomery, Alabama once said: “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” And we hear echoes of these sentiments more than a half century later from seventeen-year-old Alannah Bareham.
Alannah Bareham is a lifelong Rhode Islander and a junior at the Providence Country Day School. Alannah reports that she loves physics as much as art and is passionate about painting and running.
About 20 Salve Regina students will be doing something different on their spring break this year. They will be taking a civil rights bus tour to learn more about the movement. The tour bus will stop at key sites from the era and the students will interact with former participants. Salve Regina associate professor of religion and theology Dr. Anthony LoPresti said he hopes his students will recognize that racism still remains an issue in our society today.