They arrived Sunday evening.
They will among the millions expected for Tuesday's inauguration.
The nine students and their professor have been collecting oral histories and documenting the civil rights movement along the way.
Starting at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Ending at what used to be the whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro.
When asked which images stood out from the trip, one that came to mind is that of the Edmund Pettus Bridge taken by photojournalism student Derek Sijder.
This is the site of the "Bloody Sunday" march in Alabama where officers attacked civil rights demonstrators.
The other is Bryant's Grocery in Money, Mississippi or at least what's left of it.
This is where a black boy named Emmett Till - it is said - whistled at a white woman.
Till was later murdered by two white men.
Carlos Moreno, the photojournalism student who took the picture likes it because it has an eerie quality to it which reflects what transpired there.
As for the President-elect, he will be visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Monday.
A day after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama began Tuesday with an unscheduled stop at Walter Reed, where he is meeting with those wounded during their military service.
Monday is the federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., and Obama is leading a day of community service Tuesday, asking the nation to honor King's legacy by making a renewed commitment to service.