Go See Selma…Then Sign Up for the Justice Tour June 12-14

May 18, 2015

justice-tour-ella-miller-10Grab your friends, your kids (13 and older), your small group or your spouse and hit the theaters! SELMA is a must see! Here’s what it’s about:

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. View the trailer here.

Then after the movie, make plans to join us on the annual Justice Tour, June 12-14 where Pastor Eli and Hope Urban have been walking people over the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL for years to literally and metaphorically give us a glimpse of what African-Americans have gone through to bridge the gap to equal rights, beginning with their fight to be allowed to vote.

Can you imagine what it feels like to walk under the actual arch where Bloody Sunday occurred on 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?

1st-baptist-church2-100x116This is just one of the many stops on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others did 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 – as is seen in the movie), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.

Elle Miller (in the above picture), Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer, and North Memphis resident attended the Tour in recent years. “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 and urban staff 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 (Selma included!), 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.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information about the trip, contact Di. If you would like to register, click here. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
Click here to view Justice Tour Photos

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Justice Tour-Come Along on A Journey of Civil Rights Heritage

May 01, 2014

justice-tour-ella-miller-10Can 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 (pictured at left), Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer, and North Memphis resident attended the Tour in recent years. “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 and urban staff 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.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information about the trip, contact Di or Register Online. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 6-8, 2013
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
Click here to view Justice Tour Photos

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Rrrrrrroad Trip (May 31-June 2)! Join Us for the Justice Tour

May 15, 2013

justice-tour-2012-webCan 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.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, contact Di or Register Online. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: May 31-June 2, 2013
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
Click here to view Justice Tour Photos

We Gathered to Remember and to Look Forward with Hope

March 10, 2013

Honoring Ms. Karen: On Wednesday, February 27, we hosted a dinner for our Oasis families in honor of Karen Durham, who went home to be with the Lord. It also gave our families the opportunity to know more about what Oasis of Hope is all about. The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and we had about 150 people in attendance for what turned out to be a very special evening. Please continue to pray for Karen’s family and loved ones!

Until We See Karen Again; Funeral Services Scheduled

February 11, 2013

It is with an extremely heavy heart for the family and loved ones that we let you know that Oasis’ founding staffer, Karen Durham, passed away Feb 22 after complications from a heart attack. Her fingerprints are on everything in our ministry and she is DEEPLY missed by so many in our ministry neighborhood. Please pray for the family and all those who loved her dearly and will miss her! The memorial service will be held at Hope Church on Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:00 pm.

Note from our Board Chair, Rev. Eli Morris, “Our ministry team salutes our precious sister Karen Durham. She was a warrior in every sense of the word. Her passion was only surpassed by her compassion. Her tenderness only surpassed by her toughness. One of a kind. Rest in the strong arms of Jesus, friend.”

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Hope Church, Urban Ministries.

Additionally, we will be hosting a Youth Dinner in honor of Karen in North Memphis at the Bickford Community Center on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  All who are interested are welcome to attend.

Justice Tour… A Journey of Civil Rights Heritage

June 06, 2012

Can you imagine what it would feel like walking over the Edmond Pettus Bridge after learning that Bloody Sunday occurred there?  Hearing how African Americans peacefully marched to gain voting rights but were brutally attacked by police to break up the protest killing men, women and children … and then walking the same path they did is very impacting.  That is just one of the many stops we take on the Justice Tour to attempt to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors who fought for equal rights for all.  Elle Miller, Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer and former North Memphis resident got to attend the Tour this year.  “I really enjoyed everything.  I learned a lot of history in such a little amount of time.  Everyone should go on this trip! ” – Ella Miller

Justice Tour Highlights

July 13, 2009

Hands from our group on the Justice TourIt was a powerful history lesson as we listened to the stories of that day from many first-hand witnesses and learned about the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Edmund Pettus Bridge and much more!  Read blog posts in the column to the right from those in attendance and get a glimpse of the impact this trip has had!  And mark your calendars to come along with us next June!