A very educational program that will exceed your expectations. Highly recommended.
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Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
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 historical locations. No elevator in some historical homes.
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 who will set the tone for civil rights and freedom. Continuing our studies, we board the motorcoach for the Carter Center. We will 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 Nobel 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.
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: After lunch, 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, 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.
Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant across the street from your hotel. This is a plated meal with several choices and includes coffee, tea or water. Additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: An expert from the Atlanta History Center will talk about one of the most famous books to come out of Atlanta, "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. Learn about the author and why this book is relevant to the freedom movement that would take place in later years.
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 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: At leisure.
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: Climb 1 flight of stairs to the Jefferson Davis House of the Confederacy; 1 flight of stairs to the second story with no elevator. Incline sidewalk leads to the Civil Rights Memorial.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: This morning we will walk two blocks 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. Next we will visit the Little White House of the Confederacy. 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.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: Begin the day 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 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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
An important, insightful and heartfelt tour through a difficult period in America's recent history. Very informative, inspiring, and emotional visits to churches, museums, civil rights sites, and meetings with participants in the past and ongoing, current civil rights movements. A must for all Americans or visitors to the USA with interest in civil and social movements.
Incredible program. Necessary to understanding our history.
An excellent program, content, accommodation, leaders and speakers could not be faulted.
This program was informative and inspirational. Every segment of this tour provided insights and images of an era that must not be forgotten- ever. The program itself, instructors, and guides were professional in every way. The impact of the message from this week will always be with me.
If you feel an interest or a calling to attend this Program, do not hesitate and sign up now. The Program, in my view, is what Road Scholar is all about: a compelling and meaningful educational experience that will stay with you for a long time. The opportunity to hear speakers who were "foot soldiers" in the Civil Rights Movement and get their oral histories first hand is not to be missed. In the year 2017 it is an essential reminder that many Americans in the Civil Rights era fought through fear, danger and disrespect to stand up for civil rights, human rights and voting rights. The trip included informed and flexible group leaders and interesting travel companions. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this Program.
This program, for being new to Road Scholar, was well researched and well put together. The museums and churches provided excellent speakers and every visual and auditory technology imaginable to present the Civil Rights Movement. It is an emotional experience. Road Scholar tour guides Janet and Tom made the trip run smoothly. I would go on another tour with them.
The Road Scholar program on Civil Rights is not only history come to life but a huge wake-up call to all of us to resist strenuously the increasing number of voter suppression laws and to fight complacency in the electorate. Civil Rights martyrs died so we could vote; the very least we can do is turn out to vote in every election.
This was an extraordinary trip. It was very interesting and inspiring to be in the places where persons of unusual courage brought about such change. The civil rights museums were all excellent and we were fortunate to have excellent guides and speakers/interpreters at historic sites and first person accounts of some events. I used the afternoon in Montgomery when a Shakespeare theater tour was scheduled to instead see more civil rights and other sites in Montgomery, including the Equal Justice Initiative. The meals and accommodations on this trip were also very good.
This is one of the "essentials". To understand the present, we must revisit where we have been. And we must pay homage to those who have suffered so much for freedom, justice, and the right to vote.
Amazing revelation of the faith, hope and love of the Blacks and whites in the civil rights movement in the face of unbelievable cruelty.