Jewish Life at Duke

Roots to Rights

A partnership between Jewish Life at Duke and the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Roots to Rights is an experiential education program exploring the South's major historic Civil Rights sites.

The program explores the shared beliefs that brought these seemingly disparate communities together during this pivotal period in American history.

Through Roots to Rights, students of all backgrounds learn about the Civil Rights Movement as they travel together on a six-day, spring break bus tour. The itinerary includes such Civil Rights landmarks as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination; and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.  Students get to meet eyewitnesses to these events, hear from Civil Rights scholars and participants, and learn from each other’s very different perspectives.

Roots to Rights is supported through The Ronni Weksler Bermont Endowment Fund. For more information email