Can you imagine what it would feel like walking over the Edmond Pettus Bridge after learning that Bloody Sunday occurred there on Sunday, March 7,1965 … and hearing how African Americans peacefully marched to gain voting rights but were brutally attacked by police with billy clubs to break up the protest killing men, women and children, ultimately hospitalizing over 50 people … and then crossing that bridge yourself next to unified friends who are both black and white?
That is just one of the many stops we take on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the late 50s and 60s during turbulent times in our country as they fought for equal rights for all. It is a powerful history lesson listening to the stories of that day from many first-hand witnesses as we visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (which was bombed in September of 1963, resulting in the death of 4 young girls), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.
Elle Miller, Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer, and North Memphis resident attended the Tour last year. “I really enjoyed everything. I learned a lot of history in such a little amount of time. Everyone should go on this trip! ” – Elle Miller
Eli, Terry, Sharon and Di will escort you on this unforgettable journey. We leave Friday morning, from Hope at 6am on a charter bus, and return Sunday at approximately 6pm.
While on the bus we view some movies, have discussions, and get more historical background on the Civil Rights march to freedom from Eli. This is an informative tour about the struggle for equal rights, but also packed with fun as we fellowship and make friends with a lot of Hope members we never knew before! Your transportation, snacks, most meals, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), and tour fees are covered by the $225 fee; ($325 fee for non Hope members). You will need money to purchase a couple of lunches and possibly souvenirs.
Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: May 31-June 2, 2013
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
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