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The Civil Rights Movement: Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham

Journey through the Deep South to learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement and its defining clashes. Hear powerful stories of struggle and be inspired by resilient heroes.
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Program No. 22657RJ
Length
8 days
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Georgia/Alabama

The Civil Rights Movement: Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham

Journey through the Deep South to learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement and its defining clashes. Hear powerful stories of struggle and be inspired by resilient heroes.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,159
Length
8 days
Rating (4.93)
Starts at
2,159
Program No. 22657RJ

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At a Glance

Journey south into the heart of the civil rights movement to gain a deeper understanding of the historic and continued struggle for racial equality in the United States. Follow in the footsteps of the venerable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legendary marches, and hear the moving story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. Walk across the Selma Bridge with an activist who took part in the peaceful protest that devolved into unforgivable violence known as “Bloody Sunday.” Pay homage at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as you learn the story of the victims of the 1963 KKK bombing. Study how these catalysts ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history, and discuss how they echo through the racial climate in America today.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
This programs involves walking up to two miles daily over uneven terrain. Standing for lectures in museums up to an hour. Some historical structures have stairs/no elevator.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Commemorate the central figures of civil rights on field trips to the Rosa Parks Museum, Georgia State Capitol and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
  • Follow the path of heroic marches through Atlanta and Birmingham and from Selma to Montgomery, now a National Historic Trail.
  • Learn from an activist who was a witness and participant in some of America’s most significant civil rights battles.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Dianne Harris
Dianne Harris has received the Congressional Foot Soldier Medal and Certificate, as well as numerous other medals and awards for her ongoing fight for racial equality. She is an avid public speaker, appearing on NBC Today in 2015 and is often interviewed by newspapers, magazines and other media outlets for her unending vigil for justice. She remembers her involvement in the movement like it was yesterday. She particularly remembers listening to Martin Luther King and the events of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Camilla Comerford is certified in leading educational adventures and has traveled throughout Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. Camilla also worked for almost 30 years in the commercial real estate business in Atlanta, Georgia and other cities throughout the South. She looks forward to sharing her love for the region with you!
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Dr. Larry Spruill is a graduate of the State University of New York system. It provided social programs which afforded disadvantaged students opportunities to experience upward social mobility. His academic career began in an upstate New York community college and introduced him to the rigors of higher education and facilitated his entrance into doctoral studies. He is a retired school principal specialist and instructor and currently a full-time professor of history at Morehouse College, Georgia. He also served as a foreign missionary, teacher and pastor.
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Dianne Harris View biography
Dianne Harris has received the Congressional Foot Soldier Medal and Certificate, as well as numerous other medals and awards for her ongoing fight for racial equality. She is an avid public speaker, appearing on NBC Today in 2015 and is often interviewed by newspapers, magazines and other media outlets for her unending vigil for justice. She remembers her involvement in the movement like it was yesterday. She particularly remembers listening to Martin Luther King and the events of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
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Wanda Battle View biography
Wanda Battle — a Montgomery, Alabama native, great Jalimuso, female Griot, talented singer, and master storyteller — has a passion for human rights, civil rights, and social justice. Through her desire of building a collaborative community and educating the generations to come, Wanda uses the power of music and words to open our hearts to respect and appreciate one another’s differences.
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Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer
In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer, series writer, draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the civil rights movement told by the people who lived it. Join brave and terrified youngsters walking through a jeering mob and up the steps of Central High School in Little Rock. Listen to the vivid voices of the ordinary people who manned the barricades, the laborers, the students, the housewives without whom there would have been no civil rights movements at all. This remarkable oral history brings to life country's great struggle for civil rights as no conventional narrative can. You will hear the voices of those who defied the blackjacks, who went to jail, who witnessed and policed the movement; of those who stood for and against it—voices from the heart of America.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
by John Lewis and Michael D'Orso
The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of our most important records of the American civil rights movement. Told by John Lewis, who Cornel West calls a “national treasure,” this is a gripping first-hand account of the fight for civil rights and the courage it takes to change a nation. In 1957, a teenaged boy named John Lewis left a cotton farm in Alabama for Nashville, the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. Lewis’s adherence to nonviolence guided that critical time and established him as one of the movement’s most charismatic and courageous leaders. Lewis’s leadership in the Nashville Movement—a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi—set the tone for major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s. Lewis traces his role in the pivotal Selma marches, Bloody Sunday, and the Freedom Rides. Inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis’s vision and perseverance altered history. In 1986, he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia, and remains in office to this day, continuing to enact change. The late Edward M. Kennedy said of Lewis, “John tells it like it was…Lewis spent most of his life walking against the wind of the times, but he was surely walking with the wind of history.”
Fields of Glory: A History and Tour Guide of the War in the West, the Atlanta Campaign, 1864 (Civil War Explorer Series)
by Jim Miles
n early May 1864 Union armies left their winter encampment near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and began a march to Atlanta. Four months later -- on September 3 -- William T. Sherman wired Abraham Lincoln, Atlanta is ours, and fairly won!"" The fall of Atlanta was not just one more Union victory. It was pivotal to the outcome of the entire Civil War and also to Lincoln's reelection. With the fall of Atlanta, Confederate morale plummeted. The South's most significant manufacturing center was destroyed, and its primary railroad connections were cut. The destruction of Atlanta was not just a Union victory over one city, but a key to the end of the war. Fields of Glory traces the story of the campaign from the Tennessee border through the heart of Georgia to Jonesboro. Included is a series of driving tours that enable readers to see firsthand the battlefields and important sites of the campaign.
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
by Juan Williams and Julian Bond
From the Montgomery bus boycott to the Little Rock Nine to the Selma–Montgomery march, thousands of ordinary people who participated in the American civil rights movement; their stories are told in Eyes on the Prize. From leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., to lesser-known figures such as Barbara Rose Johns and Jim Zwerg, each man and woman made the decision that somethinghad to be done to stop discrimination. These moving accounts and pictures of the first decade of the civil rights movement are a tribute to the people, black and white, who took part in the fight for justice and the struggle they endured.
The Burning of Atlanta in 1864: The History of One of the Civil War’s Most Controversial Events
by Charles River Editors
*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the fighting and burning by Sherman and Union soldiers *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Atlanta, Georgia
D
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: At 5:00 p.m. after you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the conference room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. All lectures and field trips will be led by local experts unless specified otherwise. All transfers and transportation will be via motorcoach. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel conference room, we’ll have a welcome buffet, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Lecture, Civil & Human Rights, Carter Center, MLK Memorial
Atlanta, Georgia
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day. Standing for museum viewing and walks in museums. Getting on and off transportation and walking on slight incline at MLK Memorial for a block.

Breakfast: In the hotel conference room, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of items, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the conference room, start the morning off with an expert who will set the tone for your civil rights and freedom exploration in Georgia and Alabama. We'll board the motor coach for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the worldwide human rights movement. On this self exploration of the museum, we'll see MLK personal papers, interactive exhibits that allow us to be a part of history and hear the sounds of protests while sitting at the counter of a restaurant and much more. It will be walking and standing in the museum for up to 1.5 hours between two floors of exhibits.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Jimmy Carter Center and Presidential Library. Beverages served with lunch are coffee, tea, or water.

Afternoon: Visit the Carter Center and Museum with an expert from the Museum who will lead a walk among the exhibits with commentary. President Jimmy Carter championed racial equality stating "there's no difference with people in the eyes of God". Afterwards, we'll continue our studies as we travel by motor coach to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with our local expert. Managed by the National Park Service, we’ll visit the Martin Luther King Memorial, Dr. & Mrs. King’s Crypt and the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church while our expert points out historical facts. The Ebenezer Baptist Church is where King was baptized and both he and his father were pastors. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral was held in this church.

Dinner: Located in the heart of the Historic Castleberry Hill Neighborhood we will have dinner at Paschal’s. In the 1960’s, the Paschal brothers became actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Paschal’s was a meeting place for key civil rights leaders and strategists including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants. This is a buffet meal with Southern favorites.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Morehouse College, Apex Museum
Atlanta, Georgia
B,L
Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on sidewalks at Morehouse College. Sidewalks and uneven terrain may be encountered.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Travel via motorcoach to Morehouse College in Atlanta. A historically black college, this private, all-male, liberal arts school is the alma mater of many prominent African-American leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Jeh Johnson, and Spike Lee. We will set out for a campus walk led by a Morehouse Ambassador, visiting the MLK International Chapel (Hall of Fame portraits), and the Leadership Center, where we will have a special presentation. Morehouse is one of two historically black colleges in the country to produce Rhodes Scholars, and presented honorary degrees to presidents Barak Obama and Jimmy Carter.

Lunch: We’ll dine in the student dining hall at Morehouse College, enjoying a buffet with coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: After leaving Morehouse College, we’ll continue our studies with a visit to the Apex Museum. From an African-American perspective, the museums exhibits interpret and present history. Guests to the museum will be introduced to the contributions of African-Americans to America as well as the world. We will have a special presentation by a museum storyteller.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
To Montgomery, Rosa Parks Museum, Dexter Church & Parsonage
Montgomery, AL
B,L
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery Hotel

Activity note: Drive is approximately 160 miles, taking about 2.5 hours. Rest stop along the way.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and begin our transfer to Montgomery, Alabama. Upon our arrival in Montgomery, we will stop at the Visitor's Center to pick up maps. Afterwards, we’ll continue on the motor coach to the Rosa Parks Museum, a state-of-the-art museum depicting events that started the bus boycott and early Civil Rights movement. It provides an interactive, multi-media presentation. We’ll explore part of the museum with an expert before spending some time on our own to see the exhibits.

Lunch: A buffet lunch will be within the area of the capitol.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will walk over to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. See the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached, at this National Historic Landmark,. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery bus boycott. A dynamic expert from the church will lead us through the history and events that took place that changed the civil rights movement. Driven by motor coach, we will continue the story of Dr. King at the Dexter Parsonage Museum. The Museum, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Visitors to the Dexter Parsonage Museum will experience the actual residence where Dr. King and his young family lived between 1954 and 1960. The nine-room clapboard Parsonage, built in 1912, has been restored to its appearance when Dr. King and his family lived there. Much of the furniture presently in the living room, dining room, bedroom and study was actually used by Dr. King. This is an expert led field trip by the docent at the parsonage.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like or sample the local fare. Dine individually or join your fellow Road Scholars in one of Montgomery’s many restaurants.

Evening: At leisure. You are in the heart of downtown Montgomery near the Alabama River, approximately 2 blocks away.

DAY
5
Legacy Peace & Justice, Civil Rights Memorial, Freedom Rider
Montgomery, AL
B,D
Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery Hotel

Activity note: Incline sidewalk leads to the Civil Rights Memorial. Walking and standing in museums.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will travel by motor coach to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice Memorial. Set on a six-acre site, the memorial uses sculpture, art, and design to contextualize racial terror. As described by the Equal Justice Initiative, "The site includes a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments to symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims in the United States and the counties and states where this terrorism took place." Next we'll travel by motor coach to the Civil Rights Memorial. A circular black granite table lists the names of the martyrs and the history of the movement radiates in lines that move like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - "We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." We will be welcomed in the Civil Rights Museum by a speaker from the Southern Poverty Law Center specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in the heart of downtown Montgomery. Walk to many restaurants that surround your hotel and then meet your group leader at a designated spot or gather on your own at the Freedom Riders Museum near your hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll meet up at the Freedom Riders Museum where 21 young people transformed our nation's history using nonviolent protest methods. The Museum states that "Freedom Riders, black and white, male and female, none of them older than 22, stepped off a bus at the Montgomery Greyhound Station on May 20, 1961. They were prepared to meet mob violence with non-violence and courage. They prepared farewell letters and wills. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation. And they did."

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant near our hotel. A select menu with coffee, tea and water is available. Additional beverages for purchase.

Evening: Step back in time with a visit from a surprise guest. This moving reenactment connects all the feelings of the Civil Rights Movement and what this special person endured on the bus on that December 1, 1955, day when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.

DAY
6
To Selma, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Local Civil Rights History
Birmingham, AL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler

Activity note: Drive approximately 50 miles, taking about 1 hour. Approximately 90 miles from Selma to Birmingham, taking about 2 hours. Walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge is .2 mile.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and depart for our transfer to Selma. Selma is best known for the 1960s Selma Voting Rights Movement and the Selma to Montgomery marches, beginning with "Bloody Sunday" in March 1965 and ending with 25,000 people entering Montgomery at the end of the last march to press for voting rights. On the way to Selma our group will stop by the Lowndes Interpretive Center for a self led field trip. Upon arriving in Selma, we will be joined by a local expert. She will provide commentary as we visit several museums and historical sites including the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Brown Chapel AME Church, and the Interpretive Center.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the Italianate-style cottage that is located beside the historic Sturdivant Hall in Selma, AL. It was built in 1859. Enjoy southern cuisine with a plated meal that includes coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Visit Sturdivant Hall, one of the South’s best and most beautiful examples of Greek revival antebellum homes. We’ll explore the house, detached kitchen, formal garden, kitchen, smokehouse and two-story servants' quarters. Following our visit, we will depart for Birmingham. Arrive and check into the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: A plated dinner will be at a popular restaurant one block from the hotel. We will walk to the restaurant from our hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Civil Rights Institute, 16th St. Church, Kelly Ingram Park
Birmingham, AL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day, standing during presentations for up to 30 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: With a local expert, we will visit a variety of sites aboard the motorcoach, learning about the Civil Rights Movement and its events in Birmingham. Take a field trip to the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, bombed by Klansmen in 1963, killing four little girls. Stroll through the Kelly Ingram Park where sculptures depict the reality of the police dogs and fire hoses that were turned on demonstrators who gathered here to protest segregation laws. Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute that tells the story of a people and a movement.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a buffet plus coffee, tea, water. Savor the flavor at this small, down-to-earth establishment that dishes up soul food plates with classic sides.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon.

Dinner: Our local expert will join us as we process the what we have learned and how far we have come since the Civil Rights Movement. Enjoy a plated dinner at the hotel as we continue our conversations about the emotional week we have just experienced and as we sort out and discuss the activities that we have participated in that tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure in the morning and arrange your transportation to the airport for the morning.

DAY
8
Departure Birmingham to Atlanta
Birmingham, AL
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our program concludes following breakfast. Our motor coach will depart by 7:00 am (Central Time) for Atlanta International Airport. It is approximately a 2 hour and 15 minutes, drive depending on traffic. Participants should arrange flights home at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time), or later. After dropping participants at the Atlanta airport, the motor coach will then travel to the Hyatt Place, the originating hotel, to drop anyone who may have left a car at the hotel. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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