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African American History Trip to D.C. Free to FSU Students

FSU’s Black Student Alliance, President's Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Leadership Studies program are partnering with the Allegany County NAACP to offer students and local residents the opportunity to take part in an educational trip to Washington, D.C., to explore African American history, the civil rights movement, and the United States Capitol on Friday, Oct. 9.  The program will include visits to the temporary home of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, bus transportation is available to local residents for just $25 and there is no fee for FSU students.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation.  Its mission is to be place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.

The museum, which will be located on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument when it opens in 2016, currently maintains a temporary exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

The Library of Congress exhibition entitled "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom," which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society. The act is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally funded programs, and employment. Audiovisual stations throughout the exhibition present archival footage of the era, as well as contemporary interviews with civil rights leaders and activists reflecting on the civil rights era.

Following visits to the National Museum of American History and Library of Congress, the group will tour the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center and the House and Senate Galleries.

Space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 28, 2015. Contact Robin Wynder at or 301-687-4050 for more information, or visit

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