Every fall, AYA seventh and eighth graders go on a Civil Rights and College & University Tour, visiting sites of historical importance as well as the campuses of secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. Previous tours have included Tennessee and Mississippi. Over the next few days we’ll be posting photos and reflections from AYA students on this year’s tour of Georgia — so please stay tuned!
The following blog post was written by
JeCarla Davis, 7th Grade, and Jaquez Dew, 8th Grade.
On our second day of touring Georgia, we were awakened with a rainy and cold day. Despite all the energy exerted on Day 1 of the tour, we were very anxious and curious to start this new day even though we were exhausted. Before we departed for Chick-Fil-A, we began our day in prayer asking God to watch over us on this new and adventurous day. On the trip to Chick-fil-A, we couldn’t stop debating what would be the best part of the day based on the itinerary. We arrived at Chick-fil-A at approximately 7:30. When we entered, there was a whole area reserved for Atlanta Youth Academy. The breakfast was filled with jokes and excitement and the response, “my pleasure” to our “thank you’s.”
We departed for UGA. During the whole trip, our minds wouldn’t stop fantasizing about what the campus looked like. We arrived at UGA around 8:35, we were introduced to the Assistant Director of Admissions and a team of tour guides from the Diversity Office. We knew that there was a whole lot more exposure than we expected; we were being treated like potential students. During an admissions workshop, we talked about core courses, ways to be competitive to get into college, and what colleges look for in a student. This experience made us realize how special our school is in preparing us for the future. Later, we visited the field where the first football game was played. The campus also has a special bell that is rung after accomplishments such as graduations and football victories.
After the campus tour, we went to visit the foot soldiers project at the Russell Special Collections Library where we viewed a documentary about the desegregation of the University of Georgia. We realized that to be a history maker, you don’t have to be well known, but just be willing to make a difference. We learned that people such as Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter helped pave the way for the integration of UGA. We also met Dr. Maurice Daniels, Dean of the School of Social Work. He was so impressed with our questions.
After lunch, we headed over to the Butts Mehr Athletic Center where we met UGA football players Malcolm Mitchell, Isaiah Makenzie and Lovenza Carter. They shared with us the importance of balancing school and athletics. We also saw the UGA practice fields and the training facility. We finished the evening by dining out at a downtown Athens pizza restaurant where we hung out and watched the game along with several UGA students. Lastly, we came back to the hotel and talked about our day and what we have learned. We have so much more to look forward to as we head to Augusta to explore more wondrous sites such as Paine College and The Lucy Craft Laney Museum.
Check back tomorrow for Day Three! Click on the images to enlarge.