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NCTC student leaders visit historic Memphis sites


by Pamela VanHook | Mar 17, 2014


A group of ten students from North Central Texas College recently returned from an educational and fun trip to Memphis, Tenn., to learn more about the Civil Rights movement.

The “Leadership on the Move” trip was organized by NCTC Student Life.

The group first visited Graceland where they learned about the life of the Elvis Presley.

Many students were unaware that Elvis was in the U.S. Army and were amazed at how his risky new dance moves and music had made him so internationally well-known.

“As a leader, we should not let bad influences get in the way of all our successes or what we have yet to accomplish,” said student Victor Oni.

The next stop was the National Civil Rights Museum where students learned about the Civil Rights Movement and how one of the leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. was assassinated.

“Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King were two different people from the same era. Both of whom started revolutions that changed America forever. These ‘Kings’ are proof that heroes come from diverse walks of life,” said student Preston Alexander Sodowsky.

The third and final stop for the day was the Pink Palace Museum, where students were able to learn how history, technology, nature and science shaped the Mid-South.

“Extraordinary things come to those who have great vision,” said student Jonathan  Peoples.

On the way back from Memphis, a stop was made in Little Rock, Ark. to learn about the Little Rock Nine at its historic site. Most of the students did not know that the Little Rock crisis had even taken place. The students appreciated the fact that they did not have to go through the Civil Rights movement, but as leaders they felt they should continue fighting for equality.

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