The School of Journalism & Mass Communications at San Jose State University sent ten media students from diverse Bay
Area community cultures on a fact-finding and reporting assignment driving through the historic landmarks of the Civil Rights
South on their way to the 2009 Inauguration of the first African-American President of the United States of America.


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                                      DAY ONE: Saturday, January 10, 2009


Students were excited when they met at San Jose International Airport at 9 am.
Dr. Michael Cheers handed out SJSU shirts and caps courtesy of university officials.

Trip Co-Organizer, Prof. Bob Rucker offers the group well wishes for a safe and productive journey.


Checking out the new threads!


Bon Voyage!

Saturday night in Memphis, SJSU students interview a witness to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.




A Road Trip 44 Years In The Making

The international news network
showcases the talented students of
San Jose State University

SJSU student reports along the trip to the Inauguration


44 Years Ago: 1964

MLK arrested in peaceful protest

November 4, 2008

Barack Obama
Elected 1st African-American
President of the United States

44 Years to the 44th President
Connecting Our Past
With America's Historic

SJSU travels to the
through the Civil Rights
landmarks in the South

SJ Mercury News Story: 12/9/08
   Front Page Story     
Part Two, Page 19

 Mercury News Online Edition


Inauguration Trip:


Thanks to everyone
for their generous

1st Stop: The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Built on the site
Martin Luther King Jr.
was assassinated in 1968

Click here to see what the students will experience!

Go back to the SJSU Inauguration Trip - Main Page

See Mercury News story about the SJSU Trip
FRONT PAGE STORY       Part Two, Page 19

Contact person while students are on the trip:

Professor Bob Rucker
Inauguration Trip Co-Organizer/Promotions
SJSU Radio & TV Journalism Coordinator

Messages also taken week days at the
SJSU Journalism School office,
408-924-3241 or 3242


A $25,000 Fundraising Effort

Complete JMC School Plan

Letter for Potential Donors


Press Release


These not for profit educational web pages were produced by SJSU Journalism Professor Bob Rucker,
co-organizer of the SJSU "Education on Wheels" effort to send media students to the Inauguration. The goal of this educational project is to provide all students
 with a better appreciation of the thinking, efforts and struggles of the civil rights movement which helped pave the way for this special moment in American history.





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