Sun Devils Left Inspired After Pac-12 Educational Trip to Alabama

For all three powerful Sun Devil event where they were a learned more about the Civil Rights movement than they had previously learned in school. Farrier didn’t realize how many students were involved in the protests and marches, and noticed how Redmond and Boyer soaked in the entire experience.

“I didn’t realize that these protests and marches were so student-focused and student involved. [For my] current students being the age that there are, they’re like, whoa, people that were our age and younger, they were the ones doing this. So that was a lot of their takeaway. And they were two girls that really just took the time and took it all in,” said Farrier, who noticed a change in Boyer when she met with Stevenson.

“Jules had been sharing with me that she was interested in going to law school, but there was some hesitancy about law school,” Farrier said. “Well, she has our guest speaker, Bryan Stevenson, speak with her, and I kind of get her on video. I couldn’t quite make out everything, but I could kind of hear her talking to him and saying, you know, I’m interested in going to law school.”

Boyer felt that Stevenson had made a huge impact on her future in the time she was able to hear him speak.

“I recently found a passion for law on the legal side of things, but I was still element if that was the route I wanted to take. After hearing Bryan Stevenson talk, I was absolutely sure that I wanted to go into law. It was really inspirational and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity just to listen to him speak.”

What stood out for Redmond was listening to Linda Lowry tell her story and her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and realizing how recent the Civil Rights movement happened.

“I think the biggest story that stood out was when we were listening to Linda Lowry,” Redmond said. “She is one of the freedom fighters who were actually on the Edmund Pettus Bridge during Bloody Sunday in 1965. Hearing her retelling her story of being there when she was 15 years old made me realize how recent that history is and how it happened in a single person’s lifetime. Hearing her recount her experience was really impactful and emotional, but also super inspiring.”

As President and Vice President of the Black Student-Athlete Association, Redmond and Boyer left feeling they were bringing back valuable information to help make an impact in the world. They each felt they had the necessary tools to help educate other student-athletes that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can make a difference.

“It shows that students everywhere have the power to make a change,” Redmond said. “The idea that this is recent history, and when you hear about it, it’s almost like this faraway distant thing but it’s important for people to realize how recent it is.”

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