As a history teacher at Crispus Attucks High School from 1927-32, Merze Tate wanted her students to see the world they learned about. Her determination led to her founding the school travel club which went to such places as Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, and Pennsylvania. One news article criticized her efforts of taking these students into the world, as they were not expected to be more than domestics.
Tate proved them wrong. All of the members of the club were honor roll students and many went on to college.
Sonya Bernard-Hollins founded the Merze Tate Travel Club in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2008 with seven girls interested in traveling around their community and world to discover other women who have left an impact on the world. The girls also learn communications skills in journalism, and film and created a documentary of Tate’s life as one of their projects.