Written by Sierra Martin, OSUBAS Alumni/Volunteer
This past weekend I had the pleasure of representing the Ohio State Black Alumni Society here in Atlanta, Georgia. The Alumni Association put on a wonderful event at the Center of Civil and Human Rights. This event allowed participants to hear from the Department of Social Change, take a tour of the center, and enjoy a delightful lunch. Ashley Pryor, the Director of the Department of Social Change, spoke to the group on the importance of inclusion and being a change agent. Her words were very moving and set the perfect tone prior to our tour of the Center of Civil and Human Rights. The center was extremely touching. The American Civil Rights exhibit is essentially a walking tour from the beginning of the civil rights movement to the death of Dr. King. The group observed artifacts, videos, pictures, voice recordings, and simulations that fully immersed one in the experience of the exhibit. Even though our tour guide gave us a brief introduction before every exhibit, the tour was mostly self-guided. This method allowed all the participants from the event to have a different experience. Personally, the post Million Man March exhibit, was the most heart-rending. This part of the Civil Rights exhibit showed the retaliation many people faced such as the bombing of 16th Baptist Church, and the three men who were killed during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. Following the tour, Ashley Pryor, held a discussion on what we learned and how it will affect us in being change agents moving forward. This was such a great event and to experience it with fellow Atlanta Buckeyes was an extra plus.