This is a fabulous, informative, perspective-changing trip. Road Scholar planned it beautifully and respectfully. The guides and teachers at each site were amazing.
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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: At a near by restaurant, we’ll have a welcome buffet, plus coffee, tea, water. The restaurant is located across the street from the hotel.
Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile throughout the day with stairs in some historical locations.
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. Working from his "Civil Rights Timeline" handout, Dr. Davis will highlight key events from post-Civil War Reconstruction through the modern Civil Rights era. Continuing our studies we will travel by motor coach to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with a 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. Joining us this morning aboard the motor coach, will be someone talking about Civil Rights history and sharing the history behind some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite songs. She will be singing on the bus between stops.
Lunch: Lunch will be at the Carter Center.
Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the The Jimmy Carter Museum where highlights include a life-size replica of the Oval Office, a dramatic “Day in the Life of the President” presentation on 13 ft. screens, a walk-through cabin setting for the crucial Camp David Meetings exhibition, and an Interactive Map Table that takes you with the Carters to monitor elections and fight diseases. President Jimmy Carter championed racial equality stating "there's no difference with people in the eyes of God". The Presidential Library and Museum is nestled between two lakes on 30 acres of park land and provides a tranquil setting with a view of the Atlanta skyline. We'll then 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.
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.Dinner will be a buffet and will offer some Southern favorites. We have a special presentation about the history behind the restaurant before dinner.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile on sidewalks at Morehouse College. Standing for up to 45 minutes while viewing MLK memorabilia. 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: Hear from an expert about Margaret Mitchell, The Author. Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (November 8, 1900 - August 16, 1949) was an American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind, for which she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. Hear the stories behind the author.
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 that will touch your heart by the person leading it.
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.
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. 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." The new Memorial opened in April, 2018. Next we'll travel by motor coach to the Civil Rights Museum. 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 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." This afternoon our field trip will also take us to the Equal Justice Initiative where EJI believes more must be done to advance equal justice for all in the United States. EJI believes very little has been done to acknowledge the legacy of genocide, slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. We will hear from one of the staff or a special speaker they have secured when available.
Dinner: Dinner will be at a restaurant located right beside our hotel. A buffet 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.
Activity note: Drive approximately 50 miles, taking about 1 hour. Approximately 90 miles from Selma to Birmingham, taking about 2 hours.
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. We will take the motor coach to the restaurant from our hotel. Beverages include coffee, water, tea. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile 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: Our day continues with a city field trip where many sites having to do with the history of Birmingham and civil rights movement will be discussed. We will be making brief stops at Sloss Museum and Vulcan Park. Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century — a monument to the Industrial Revolution. We'll see a film and hear an abbreviated history of the people who worked and lived next to Sloss. Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham as a symbol of the city’s iron origins. We will only get off our coach at Vulcan for a view of the city from the top of the mountain.
Dinner: 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.
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 8:00 am for Atlanta International Airport. It is approximately a 2 hour and 15 minutes, drive depending on traffic. 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. There is no fee for leaving your car at the hotel parking deck. 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!
This is a fabulous, informative, perspective-changing trip. Road Scholar planned it beautifully and respectfully. The guides and teachers at each site were amazing.
This program taught me so much about the Civil Rights Movement and helped me connect the dots with my limited previous knowledge. It was very well organized, our speakers were excellent and the excursions added to my educational experience.
Excellent Program. The itinerary and the speakers/leaders were perfect for the theme of the excursion.
This is an extremely important tour. Every U.S. resident would benefit greatly from this trip. I am extremely grateful for the experience.
This program reminds us that we need to understand the complexities of our shared history and we should remain vigilant about threats to our rights as citizens ... of any and all beliefs, viewpoints, colors and interests. Excellent speakers, program and experience.
The Civil Rights Movement trip was superb. It is extremely well organized and includes many wonderful and meaningful places to visit and experience. The content of the trip is at times appropriately sobering, but enlightening as well. The guide was great, patient, organized, and enjoyable to be with. Food and lodging are fine. An excellent Road Scholar trip. (By the way, at the end of the trip the bus DOES return you to the starting point hotel, where you are allowed to park your car for free.) Anyone that chooses this trip should also see the MEMPHIS Civil Rights Museum, which includes the Loraine Motel as well as an excellent and moving museum.
Don’t miss this educational opportunity of a lifetime! On the civil rights tour you will learn much, be moved much, and emerge a more compassionate and understanding person. All of the sites are essential, and the speakers are first rate. Grab your friends or your mate or both and sign up for this trip! Susanna Wilson, Los Angeles
The week is chock full of enlightening experiences. The local experts are not to be missed. Don't hesitate, sign up!
This was a transformational trip for me. Just the visit to the Peace and Justice Museum and Memorial made the trip worth it - but there was so much more.
Even though I was around for the Civil Rights events of the early '60s, I really didn't have a deep understanding of what happened. As a result of this trip, I now have a much better grounding in this important aspect of our shared history.
Outstanding tour for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil Rights movement and seeing first-hand key sites. Great tour guides and lecturers at every stop. But be ready for an intensive week-long experience, one that may exhaust you emotionally. As with the two previous Road Scholar trips we have taken, this one was very well organized, and the group we travelled with was very friendly and helpful to each other. We did the "small group" version of the trip, which I would recommend if it's available and fits your schedule, as a few of the sites were hard to fit even the 23 people in our group (for example, Martin Luther King Jr's parsonage in Montgomery).
As always with Road Scholar, I learned how little I know about this time. Haunting and realistic view of a difficult time which reinforced our belief that we may be slow to learn, and we still have far to go, as we seem to repeat some of our past mistakes... well worth the time! Fellow Road Scholars on every trip always make it the best part of the journey- good food, great lodgings, interesting people, terrific conversations!
One of the most memorable, overwhelming programs ever - dramatic recreation of the civil rights era through amazing museums, lectures, reenactments and dramatic presentations by individuals personally involved in the movement.
The population of our country, all ages, should be encouraged to participate in this program. It’s a learning experience that can’t be forgotten and will hopefully broaden ones perspective.
This is an outstanding program. The content is educational and emotionally gripping. You will see the actual places where the civil rights movement took place. You will learn from experts and in some cases people who lived through this time. I believe this type of program helps us to become more compassionate and understanding citizens, and therefore a better nation. Highly recommended for anyone who cares about our full history and how that relates to our current times.
This was a well organized trip with a full agenda. We visited multiple sites each day including National Landmarks, museums, and churches. The local guides were all well informed and offered moving testimonies. Learning about the courage of the many individuals who fought for civil rights was iboth humbling and inspiring. I personally would have have liked more time in many of the museums, but then some parts of the program would have been eliminated. The friendly and informative trip leaders worked hard to accommodate individual needs and interests. We had several great meals in unique places. The other participants were well informed and very friendly. I would recommend reading some books about the civil rights movement to greater appreciate the program. I arrived a day early and visited the Atlanta History Center which is within walking distance of the program hotel, or there is a shuttle. Another alternative would be to attend Sunday worship services ar Ebenezer Baptist Church. I used the MARTA tram to get from the airport to walking distance of the hotel (or you could call the hotel shuttle).
The Heart of the Civil Rights Movement is a wonderful trip for your soul, your intellect, and your understanding of the problems that face our country. You will meet inspiring people, experience a lot of emotion, and emerge with renewed faith in others and in your own ability to help the world around you.
Everyone needs to take this trip. Very enlightening, inspiring, informative and emotional. The things I experienced I will never forget.
A very educational program that will exceed your expectations. Highly recommended.
This was the perfect tour for people deeply interested in Civil Rights. However it did not include Memphis, which is an essential final stop, especially in this MLK50 commemoration year.
I strongly recommend this program. It was informative and inspirational. It covered many facets of the civil rights movement. It exceeded my expectations.
This program was presented by people who had had personal experience or connections to people or events in the Civil Rights movement. So wonderful to see all the monuments, museums and exhibits dedicated to Civil and Human Rights. Very informative. This was my first but definitely not my last Road Scholar trip and a wonderful way for a single person to travel.
If anyone wants to go on a trip please go with Road Scholar. My husband and I have traveled extensively and can not wait to go again with them. Everything was just wonderful and even better than we hoped or imagined. Lisa & Peter Hughes
This program exceeded my expectations. It is an essential piece of history that I think everyone should experience. Everything we learned was powerful. Great tour guide (Tom) and delightful tour guides for every museum we visited.
Great trip, knowledgeable speakers and instructors. Highly recommend the trip.
An exceptional program that will broaden your insights on the Civil Rights Movement in this country. Should be on every Road Scholar's "bucket list". A thought provoking week you will never forget!
This program is likely to change your perspective on the Civil Rights Movement and the current issues in our society. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of how our nation got to where it is in this area as well as where it may need to go.
This program should be a required course for all citizens, young or old. It was an inspirational, emotional, educational, and challenge experience for me.
Take this trip as soon as you can. We were privileged to have presenters and fellow-participants who had taken part in the civil rights movement and shared personal experiences. All the logistical arrangements were smoothly handled by Tom and Janet Murray. We appreciated their adaptability and flexibility. They made it possible for us to fit in a visit to the Freedom Riders museum even though it wasn't on the itinerary. (I think it will be on future trips). When our excellent Birmingham guide suggested that the bus go via Dynamite Hill, Tom readily agreed. The group was large (36 people) and a coach with a single door meant it took a while to load and unload. If you arrive in Atlanta in the early afternoon, take the hotel shuttle to the nearby Atlanta History Museum.
Heart of the Civil Rights Movement surpassed my expectations. It was very well organized with a wide variety of activities. Special presentations added to my learning and enjoyment, and I gained an appreciation of part of this country's history that is not as well known as it should be.
This is an amazing trip into the past. I thought I was familiar with the struggle but found I understood only the tip of the iceberg which has not nearly melted yet, fifty years later. The presenters were amazing, the field trips sobering and poignant. As always the participants were welcoming interesting and enjoyable company.
HEART OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT TRIP TO ATLANTA, MONTGOMERY , SELMA and BIRMINGHAM IS AN INSPIRING , EDUCATIONAL , REWARDING TRIP .
This program provided a wide variety of experiences to learn about the South and the fight for the Civil Rights of all Americans. The instructors, guides, museums and historical sites were well-chosen. Thank you, Road Scholar. You did a good job.
Challenging and inspirational, this program requires you to bring both your mind and your heart and both will be enlarged by it.