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Alabama

The Heart of the Civil Rights Movement With Your Family

Program No. 23423RJ
Journey into the Deep South with your family and learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Together, hear powerful stories of struggle and be inspired by resilient activists.

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At a Glance

Journey south into the heart of the Civil Rights Movement with your family and 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 hear the moving story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. Pay homage at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church as you learn the story of the victims of the 1963 KKK bombing. Discover how these catalysts ignited a movement that would define this pivotal moment in American history.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
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.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn more about the central figures of civil rights on field trips to the Rosa Parks Museum, Atlanta History Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
  • Walk across the Selma Bridge with an activist who took part in the peaceful protest that devolved into unforgivable violence known as “Bloody Sunday,” and hear about the Movement from a first-hand perspective.
  • Explore the Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace & Justice and take a powerful journey through America’s history of racial injustice.
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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MEALS
17 Meals
7 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
LODGING
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Jun 22, 2025 - Jun 28, 2025
  • Jun 22, 2025 - Jun 28, 2025
  • Jun 22, 2025 - Jun 28, 2025
3 nights
Location: Atlanta
The Hyatt Place is an exciting and innovative new select service hotel offering more of what is important to today's travelers. Our guests enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42" high-definition flat panel television, our signature Hyatt Grand Bed, a plush Cozy Corner oversized sofa sleeper that is separated from the sleeping area, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel. The innovation extends beyond the guestroom. The Gallery is a warm and open area that features a self-registration kiosk, an intimate coffee and wine café, a TV den and an e-room with free access to a public computer and printer. Guests at Hyatt Place will also enjoy a continental breakfast each morning and can purchase freshly prepared menu items 24 hours a day. Premium espresso drinks, beer and wine are also available at the Gallery Café. Hyatt Place does not accept pets. Service animals are always welcome.
2 nights
Location: Montgomery
Relax in the only all-suite hotel in Montgomery in a suite with included WiFi, a microwave oven, refrigerator, and two 36-inch flat-screen TVs. Bathe in the pool or re-energize in the fitness center with the latest modern equipment. Start you day right with a free cooked-to-order breakfast just the way you like it, and enjoy our nightly complimentary Evening Reception* in the lobby.
2 nights
Location: Birmingham
Experience traditional southern elegance by combining history and distinctive style with a modern downtown setting. The Tutwiler, with over 100 years of history, is a downtown icon near the legal, banking and cultural districts. Attend an event at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex/Uptown Entertainment District, Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre. Explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Birmingham Museum of Art. Located in downtown Birmingham, enjoy the lobby's historic photographs and the original marble and decorative ceilings. Experience 149 well-appointed guest rooms including 53 suites. Specialty Suites include Balcony Suites with opening doors, Fireplace Suites with electric displays and the 2-bedroom Presidential Suite. Enjoy The Tutwiler Bar & Grill, located on the lobby level.





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