"The Rev. Samuel McKinney, pastor emeritus of the predominantly African-American Mount Zion Baptist Church, quickly takes them back to a Seattle in which blacks could work in department stores only if they weren't visible to customers, a city in which lending practices and prejudice restricted them to housing in a few segregated neighborhoods.
Instead of learning history in a classroom, the two students, Nicole Czubin and Elena Feldman, are hearing the stories of living witnesses in the places where history was made.
The yearlong program, sponsored by the Seattle nonprofit Museum Without Walls, brings together 10 suburban and 10 inner-city students to learn about the civil-rights movement both locally and nationally.
In June, the students traveled to three Southern states. They stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel where King was assassinated 40 years ago in Memphis, Tenn. They saw the fading bloodstains in the carport in Jackson, Miss., where NAACP leader Medgar Evers was gunned down.
They learn about social activism and how students like themselves led a movement to end segregation and racial intolerance."This program is for students from Franklin and Mercer High Schools by Museum without Walls.
The program also points out an important fact; that many who lived through the Holocaust, civil rights movement and WWII are, literally, a dying breed.