Bob Ward
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April 27, 2014
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Ex-ed students seen by NBC audience

A local school principal and several of her students ended up on the NBC Nightly News while on a recent experiential-education trip.

On April 5, Aspen High School Principal Kim Martin was captured by an NBC camera crew as she wiped away some tears at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The museum is housed in the former motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, but the exhibit that moved Martin to tears depicted a slave mother and her 10-month-old child on an auction block who were sold to different “owners.”

“I imagined having my son ripped away,” Martin recalled. “It was too much heartache to even fully grasp.”

The trip to the museum was one aspect of “Aspen to Jackson: A Civil Rights Journey,” an ex-ed course that took 20 AHS students and three chaperones to various historical landmarks and sites, mostly in Mississippi.

The NBC clip is about the April 4 reopening of the Civil Rights Museum on the 46th anniversary of King’s assassination. While visiting the next day, Martin was surprised initially to find a camera pointing in her direction, but the crew had the courtesy to give the principal a chance to talk on-screen after she wiped her tears away.

To see the 1-minute, 55-second clip, go to reopens-n72836.

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The Aspen Times Updated Apr 26, 2014 06:01PM Published Apr 28, 2014 03:42PM Copyright 2014 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.