Heart of the Civil Rights Movement: Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma and 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
8 days
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Journey to the Deep South and the heart of the civil rights movement to discover a time when heroes and ordinary citizens alike stood up to an oppressive social regime. Follow in the footsteps of the venerable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legendary marches, and hear the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. Learn about the peaceful protest in Selma that devolved into unforgivable violence known as “Bloody Sunday,” and visit the historic Birmingham church bombed by white supremacists. These catalysts solidified a brotherhood and ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to 2 miles a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Commemorate the central figures of civil rights on field trips to the Rosa Parks Museum, Carter Center 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 about the movement from an activist who was a witness and participant in some of America’s most significant civil rights battles.
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Tom Murray
Tom Murray is a graduate of San Jose State University but is a Southerner by choice, having spent more than 45 years in the South absorbing the culture, customs and history of the region. Tom specializes in coastal history with an emphasis on the sea islands of Georgia. Few people know and love beautiful Cumberland and Amelia islands better than Tom. He has spent 25 years lecturing and leading Road Scholar groups to sites from the mountains to the sea.
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