Howard University Students Are Spending “Alternative Spring Break” In Memphis

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Nearly 70 students from Howard University in Washington, D.C. are spending their spring break in Memphis.

They’re learning life skills to help them with their future careers, and also mentoring others on how to become the best they can be.

The group who toured historical sites in the bluff city Wednesday, including the National Civil Rights Museum.

“We’re not coming to Memphis in a savior complex trying to improve the city,” says Glenn Vaulx, Howard University Student Leader. “We’re using it to learn how we become better leaders in our specific field.”

Nearly 70 Howard University students are in Memphis in what’s called an alternative spring break. They’re not at the beach or hanging at home. They’re out learning and mentoring. 

“We’ve been working at the Cloud 901 at the Benjamin Hooks central library, Knowledge Quest, Ronald McDonald House, Pink Palace Museum, and the Lichterman Nature Center,” says Vaulx.

Wednesday was tour day. We caught up with the group at the National Civil Rights Museum.

“I’ve actually gotten a little emotional because just seeing how our black history is and just slavery and everything that’s been going on with that,” says student Zonnai Humphries.

“We’re coming here to learn from the city and also to hopefully leave an impact on it,” says Vaulx.

The trip was funded by the Fund II Foundation. 

“They’re funding us so that we can make a difference and learn about the city of Memphis,” says student Ameerah Battle.

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