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.
Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile throughout the day with stairs in some locations.
Breakfast: In the hotel conference room, we will have a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of items, plus coffee, tea, water.
Morning: Georgia was one of the original seven slave states that formed the Confederate States in February 1861, triggering the U.S. Civil War. Learn more on the Civil War and the destruction of the civilian infrastructure with an expert historian. Afterwards, we will travel by motorcoach 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 and Birth House, 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. Continuing our studies, we board the motorcoach for the Carter Center.
Lunch: At the Carter Center kitchen at Copenhill overlooking the Center’s gardens, enjoy a lunch buffet with coffee, tea, water in this unique atmosphere.
Afternoon: We will then be joined by an expert from the Carter Center, who will lead a presentation on the Center's commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering in the world. Following the lecture, an expert-led exploration of the Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library will include photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976 - 1981). An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are also featured. A permanent exhibit of significant events occurring during Jimmy Carter's life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text. It was completely renovated in 2009 and is breathtaking. One notable recent addition to the museum is Carter's recently awarded Noble Peace Prize. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is part of the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal government agency. We will return to the hotel following our visit to the Carter Center.
Dinner: At a local restaurant a short walk from the hotel.
Evening: Tonight a history professor will discuss one of the most controversial, inflammatory icons of American culture: the Confederate Flag. What causes people to feel so strongly about the emblem of a regional entity that ceased to exist over 130 years ago? What relevance does such a symbol have in our society today? What insight into our culture can we gain by examining an icon such as the Confederate Flag?
Activity note: Walking up to 1/2 mile on sidewalks at Morehouse College. Standing for up to 45 minutes while viewing MLK memorabilia.
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 faculty dining hall at Morehouse College, enjoying a buffet with coffee, tea, water.
Afternoon: After leaving Morehouse College, we’ll continue with a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, an attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today's Global Human Rights Movements. On this self led field trip, we will have the opportunity to view some of the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. plus many other special areas of exhibits such as The Global Human Rights Movement, The American Civil Rights Movement, Rhythm, Blues and Resistance. We will return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.
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: Joined by an expert from the Atlanta History Center, we will relive the famous book “Gone With the Wind,” learning facts about the author, Margaret Mitchell, and the book.
Activity note: Drive is approximately 160 miles, taking about 2.5 hours.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Check out of the hotel and begin our transfer to Montgomery, Alabama, watching a video along the way. 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 Alabama State Capitol for a self guided field trip through the historic building. Because of its connections to both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, the Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery is one of only a few Capitol buildings listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Lunch: A buffet lunch will be within the area of the capitol.
Afternoon: After lunch, we will walk 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. We will then walk two blocks to the Civil Rights Memorial, created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin. 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. Afterwards, we will ride to the parsonage where Dr. King and his young family lived between 1954 and 1960. br> At the end of our field trip, we will transfer by motor coach and check into the hotel.
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: Climb 1 flight of stairs to the Jefferson Davis House of the Confederacy; 1 flight of stairs to the second story with no elevator. Long periods of standing at the Rosa Parks Museum.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Our day begins with our local expert, visiting the Little White House. Built in the 1830s by an ancestor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the house was later remodeled and became the executive residence of President Jefferson Davis after the South seceded from the Union. The First White House of the Confederacy is furnished with the original period from the 1850s and 1860s; capturing our attention, our expert will lead us through the 1835 Italianate-style house. Our second field trip will connect the history of the Civil Rights Movement at 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: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: This afternoon our field trip will 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.
Evening: Sit back and step back into time with a visit from Rosa Parks. This moving reenactment of Rosa Parks connects all the feelings of the Civil Rights Movement and what Rosa Parks endured on the bus on that December 1, 1955, day when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. Ann Clemons plays the part of Rosa Parks.
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. 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: At a local restaurant in Selma, enjoy southern cuisine with 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.
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.
Afternoon: Our day continues with a field trip to Sloss Furnaces. Our group will have a special presentation for about the industrial evolution of Birmingham’s iron plantation. The history of Birmingham revolves around the iron industry. Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.
Dinner: Riding to a local restaurant in Birmingham for our farewell dinner, bid farewell to your fellow participants.
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 8:30 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!