Friday, March 6, 2009


Our group is collectively raising funds to go to the conference, and one of the travel grants that I am applying for is from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. MCAE is awesome and I really hope that they give me money.

Here is essay we wrote and sent in:

"On April 1, 2009, the 10th Annual White Privilege Conference will convene in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference provides a forum for examining issues of white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. The workshops provided at the conference not only inform participants, but challenge and engage them to question privilege as well as provide practical tips and strategies for combating inequality. The theme of this year’s conference, “Taking Responsibility,” is to increase awareness of White privilege, start healing the scars of oppression and create social change.

We are six students from the social justice minor — a program in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota — and we are fundraising to attend this conference. The social justice minor provides students with a basis for becoming effective social justice activists as well as for creating a socially just vision of the future.

The White Privilege Conference falls perfectly within the mission of the program, and we feel that by attending the conference, we would be upholding the University of Minnesota’s commitment “to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation (and) that provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance.”

In order to make this trip possible, we must raise the funds to cover cost of airfare and other expenses, and we need your monetary support. If you are able to sponsor our trip, we would love to share the knowledge and experiences we gain through this amazing opportunity with MCAE upon return. Please consider a sponsorship to support our social change efforts."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Flight details

Wed, April 1
Flight: Northwest Airlines #448
Depart: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP) Wed. April. 1 @ 6:15 AM
Arrive: Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) Wed. April. 1 @ 8:23 AM

Sun, April 5
Flight: Northwest Airlines #3675
Depart: Memphis International Airport, TN (MEM) Sun. April. 5 @ 6:00 AM
Arrive: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP) Sun. April. 5 @ 8:19 AM

So exciting!

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There have been discussions amongst my group if we should go to Graceland or not. It would be interesting to go, but honestly, it's just a house correct? Meh. I remember hearing a story when I was little that Elvis' toilet flushes by itself because it's haunted, but now, with the invention of the automatic motion sensor toilet flusher...I'm not as interested or enchanted.

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The Lorraine Motel

I am so excited to finally visit the National Civil Rights Museum. I have read so much about it and seen historic photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from back in the day, and even during the 2008 campaigns when the reporters and tv anchors swarmed itduring the anniversary of MLK's assassination. We are flying into Memphis around 8:23am, dumping our luggage off at the Hilton Memphis and then getting to the Lorraine Motel as fast as possible. I am bringing the DSLR so I hope to snap some sweet pictures.

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I'm visiting the South...


I am going to Memphis, TN for the first time ever! 5 other students, our professor and I are going to attend the 10th Annual White Privilege Conference at the Hotel Memphis. For four years, I have heard about the WPC and have wanted to go, and now that I am a senior, I finally get to go!

My classmates and I are collectively fundraising to and I hope to document all that I can.

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Learning about Memphis...

They have a Piggly Wiggly, which is a supermarket chain grocery-type store. I love it! I really hope I at least drive by one so that I can snap a picture of it. Hahaha. I love saying Piggly Wiggly....Piggly Wiggly...Piggly Wiggly...Where have I heard that before?

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