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Lewis University students join civil rights pilgrimage

Several Lewis University students are among those attending this year's Civil Rights Freedom Highway Pilgrimage in Memphis, Tennessee, and Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.
Several Lewis University students are among those attending this year's Civil Rights Freedom Highway Pilgrimage in Memphis, Tennessee, and Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.

Several Lewis University students are among those attending this year’s Civil Rights Freedom Highway Pilgrimage in Memphis, Tennessee, and Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama.

The annual highway pilgrimage includes visiting historical sites while also engaging in important theological discussions, according to a news release.

The Lewis University students include Cache Binion of Chicago, Grace Crumbaugh of Joliet, Anthony Gautier of Berwyn, Michael Hassan of Chicago, Michael Nutter of LaGrange, Jacqueline Zawada of Des Plaines and Kimberly Zuleger of Aurora.

History professor Dennis Cremin and university minister Emily Brabham will lead the group.

Lewis University’s History Department and Ministry partnered up for the unique experience and aimed to look at the locations and events within the civil rights movement through a historical and Catholic social teaching lens, according to the release.

The participants are especially eager to visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s newly opened lynching memorial, known as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Alabama.

The students also will get an opportunity to meet with the Lasallians at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, the Lasallian Volunteers and CBU students.

Jessica Kaluzny, a Lewis University alumna, is in her second year of service as a Lasallian Volunteer, according to the release.

Lewis University is a Catholic university sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

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