Homeschool-on-the-Go: Our HBCU and Civil Rights Tour

Road Tripping Through the South 

 

William T. Frantz (NKA Akili Academy). The school integrated by Ruby Bridges in 1960.

When I decided to homeschool my son four years ago, my vision was for him to have a world-class education. With that goal in mind, our family set-out to give him real-life, global experiences beyond the confines of our home. As an education-on-the-go family, we prefer to look at ourselves as world schoolers, and our educational journey has taken us to many exciting places within North America and Europe. We always travel with the purpose of teaching specific learning disciplines while embracing the opportunity to learn more about a different culture.

Our latest history-themed travel tour, an eight-day road trip through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, included visiting some of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and famous Civil Rights Movement sites. We learned about higher education, Black history, and US history in a unique, hands-on way that cannot be duplicated in a classroom.

Selma, Albama- On March 7, 1965, citizens who were marching for the voting rights of Black Americans were met with great violence. This would later by described as “Bloody Sunday.”

Being a homeschooling parent- in particular a Black homeschooling parent- can sometimes be quite lonely. I often feel like a misunderstood outsider; my decision is frequently challenged and met with subtle (and not so subtle) hostility. However, when I consider the wonderful adventures my son would not have had if we were restricted to a traditional school calendar, I decide all over again to home educate.

For my fellow homeschoolers, world schoolers, and soon to be home educators, be encouraged. This journey will have ebbs and flows, but the sacrifice is well worth it. When you start to feel overwhelmed thinking about curriculum, testing, other people’s opinions, and whether Little Johnny is socialized enough, stop, take a breath, and shake it up. You are welcome to put some variety in your education, and sanity in your home, by accompanying us on our next tour. We will be journeying to Canada by train. Stay tuned to my blog and social media channels for more information. If you would like to join one of our excursions, e-mail us at Nicole@NowWithNicole.com.

 

Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More photos (with stories to come)
Dillard University, Louisiana
Southern University at New Orleans, LouisianaTuskegee University, Tennessee Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tennessee

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