Today was our last day, which we spent taking a last look around the town of dingle and working on our final papers, presentations, and voice-threads.
Tonight, we all gathered together for one last meeting, and each of us gave a short presentation on something we learned about that had really resonated with us. Each presentation was short and sweet, and it was fun to see what each of us chose to talk about. Afterwords, we got to enjoy a delicious meal at Lord Baker's Restaurant for our last dinner altogether.
It's certainly been an amazing trip, and I'm still having a hard time believing it's already been three weeks.
Josh explained that many peaceful marches of this kind began happening at this time, including the Irish protests in Northern Ireland and the Civil Rights movement in America. He highlighted the many similarities between these two movements, including the fact that both were fighting for some of the same rights. The Irish Catholics and African Americans both wanted equal representation in politics and equal job opportunities.
Jazmine also talked about some similarities, especially in the protest around schools. During the Troubles, children going to a Catholic school in a Protestant neighborhood were often yelled at by bystanders, much the same way the first black students to attend previously all-white schools in Arkansas. She also mentioned the fact that she could not have gotten such a good understanding of the station without being on the spot, talking to people who had firsthand experiences with this part of history.
And, of course, thank-you to our fearless leader Judy, for showing us around Ireland, and teaching us to love this culture as much as she does.