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Conference on Civil Rights: A Road Scholar President’s Program

Go beyond the headlines as you take part in a civil rights conference of epic proportions. Learn from civil rights historians and heroes in the city where the movement was born.
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Program No. 23751RJ
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8 days
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Alabama

Conference on Civil Rights: A Road Scholar President’s Program

Go beyond the headlines as you take part in a civil rights conference of epic proportions. Learn from civil rights historians and heroes in the city where the movement was born.
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Program No. 23751 RJ
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The Civil Rights Movement was born in Montgomery – the city where Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders stood up for equality by staying seated and where Martin Luther King Jr. lived and preached. During an epic conference in the heart of the South, learn about the catalytic events that defined this pivotal moment in American history. Listen and learn from historians, foot soldiers, Freedom Fighters and other survivors as you hear historical context and firsthand encounters not found in history books. Go far beyond the media headlines to feel the human heartbeat that powered the movement. Consider how the attitudes of the 1950s and ‘60s echo through the racial climate of today, and be inspired by activists who continue the fight for the “dream” of equality.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Be moved by a keynote from Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and during a solemn visit to the Legacy Museum and Memorial.
  • Hear poignant, firsthand accounts of significant civil rights events from Sheyann Webb, author of “Selma, Lord, Selma” and Rev. Dr. Carolyn McKinstry, survivor of the 16th St Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham.
  • Embark on field trips to Tuskegee, Birmingham and Selma to stand where major events in the movement took place.

General Notes

This conference program has a maximum of 250 like-minded participants includes lectures and features acclaimed experts. For field trips, the group will be divided into smaller groups. You may be interested in a smaller version of this program, "Conference on Civil Rights: An In-Depth Look into the Movement (#23082)."
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Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days
by Sheyann Webb-Christburg, Rachel West Nelson Milhouse, Frank Sikora
Sheyann Webb was eight years old and Rachel West was nine when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Selma, Alabama, on January 2, 1965. He came to organize non-violent demonstrations against discriminatory voting laws. Selma, Lord, Selma is their firsthand account of the events from that turbulent winter of 1965--events that changed not only the lives of these two little girls but the lives of all Alabamians and all Americans. From 1975 to 1979, award-winning journalist Frank Sikora conducted interviews with Webb and West, weaving their recollections into this luminous story of fear and courage, struggle and redemption that readers will discover is Selma, Lord, Selma.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law
by Bryan Stevenson, Loretta Lynch, and Sherrilyn Ifill
This blisteringly candid discussion of the American dilemma in the age of Trump brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear. Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, these leading lights of the legal profession and the fight for racial justice talk about the importance of reclaiming the racial narrative and keeping our eyes on the horizon as we work for justice in an unjust time.
While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl’s restroom she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl’s life. While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South: from the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
An inspiring examination of the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this book focuses on the children who faced terrifying violence in order to walk alongside him in their fight for freedom.
Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement
by Lynne Olsen
A collection of profiles of some of the fearless, resourceful female leaders of the Civil Rights Movement documents the accomplishments of Ida Wells, who led the protest against lynching; Pauli Murray, who organized the first lunch counter sit-in; Jo Ann Robinson, who helped launch the Montgomery bus boycott; and others
Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt
by Hassan Kwame Jeffries
Early in 1966, African Americans in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, aided by activists from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), established an all-black, independent political party called the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO). The group, whose ballot symbol was a snarling black panther, was formed in part to protest the barriers to black enfranchisement that had for decades kept every single African American of voting age off the county’s registration books. Even after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, most African Americans in this overwhelmingly black county remained too scared even to try to register. Their fear stemmed from the county’s long, bloody history of whites retaliating against blacks who strove to exert the freedom granted to them after the Civil War.
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If you want to be inspired by the resilience of the human experience, take this trip . If you want to be encouraged to make a diffrence in this world, take this trip.

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Do not hesitate to enroll in this program! You will learn and experience amazing information about a topic you may think you know. The Legacy Museum and the Peace and Justice Memorial alone are reasons to enroll.

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This was my first Road Scholar experience. It lived up to it's reputation of providing quality educational adventures/experiences. When my I heard about The Conference on Civil Rights my friend and I signed up quickly. It was definitely something we wanted to do. It was powerful everyday! If you've wondered what really happened or want to go in-depth on this topic, please sign up for the next one! You will be glad you did. We are developing a worship service on our experience for two Unitarian Universalist Congregations that we attend. We hope to encourage others to increase their activism on civil rights and criminal justice.

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As an African American I had trepidation about attending this program without a majority of African American people. I wondered if I could experience the program and feel the rage, frustration and sorrow in front of others. I also wondered if the program would help me experience a transformation of my feelings so I could take up less space in my mind and heart with the pain of what has happened in the South and continues to happen in our country to people of color. Going in with these concerns and now having completed the program, I can say that it was a safe affirming, challenging and transformative experience. I heard directly from freedom riders, foot soldiers, and people who knew Martin Luther King Jr. I stood in the places where they stood and walked the walks taken by enslaved ancestors and modern heroes. While I experienced the pain, I am left with awe and wonder and celebration of the strength and resilience of my people. Most attendees were thoughtful, humble and processing their own journey. I can highly recommend this experience for you and yours.

(5)

The conference on civil rights was a wonderful experience both educationally and emotionally!

(5)

A life-changing and life-deepening experience for white people to be able to walk in the historic footsteps of people of color and victims of racism during and after slavery.

(5)

The Civil Rights Tour was terrific. The quality of the programs were great. The whole tour from start to finish was first class.

(5)

Absolutely an astonishing program. Learning and hearing from actual foot soldiers and others who were directly and intimately involved and/or impacted by the civil rights movement. The variety and quality of speaks was riveting and supplanted by physical tours to key locations/churches/museums further enriched the learning experience. This is not to be missed. I am honored to have been on hallowed ground. I came back a changed person, spiritually and emotionally. There remains much work to be done to assure justice and equal rights for all our USA citizens. Well done Road Scholar!

(5)

This couldn't have been a better conference. The speakers were excellent, the sites were well-chosen and spaced between sedentary programs, and the participants were all so congenial and interested in learning. Your staff was available and helpful everywhere we went, and the hotel was excellent. I think connecting the dots was important for me. Attending Spelman College was just a blip in 1962 but now I have a much better picture of the before and after of the movement and the context of Alabama. Specifics I remember and recommend you use again: Steve Murray, opening speaker and state archivist (excellent overview of history- can you include time to visit that museum?) Joe Caver- our group leader (he is a wealth of information and was always giving us inside history, insights etc.- what he lacks in group movements/giving instructions/keeping track of us etc is more than made up in his expertise) All field trips and museums- tops All speakers/panels were excellent Oh yes, can we prevent the flu bug? We kept going but felt terrible and stayed near bathrooms. We only missed Carolyn McKinstry because we slept 10 hours to recover. Unfortunately, it all returned for another 24 hours when we left, but we are fine now and smiling at how fast it happened and what a good job you all did to try to stop it. Just sorry to have missed several good meals! How can we complain? It isn't coronavirus. Joyce and Mark Minor, Morehead, KY

(5)

A deep dive into the roots and horrible remnants of racism in our society, but also into the amazing bravery of 1000s of African Americans who made the civil rights movement possible and victorious.

(5)

The Conference on Civil Rights is a life-changing experience. It's a wonderful blend of information and experiences. The guides and staff are knowledgeable and always there to help when needed. I recommend this program without hesitation!

(5)

I just returned from this amazing learning adventure! The civil rights conference was one of the most impactful experiences of my life.

(5)

This is an excellent experience for anyone who is interested in the history of racism in the USA and the ongoing struggle for freedom.

(5)

This program is a deep dive into the details of the civil rights activism in the south in the 60's and the lead-up to the events of the era, constructed in a method that pulls together the events in a way not covered in history books, showing the desperation and the determination of the times and the events. It is thought-provoking and life-changing.

(5)

Exceptionally worthwhile week spend on civil war and post-civil war USA. The Legacy Museum and Monument are not to be missed. We hope future trips include a day for them. The focus on the evolution of slavery in the US is of itself reason to select this trip.

(5)

This highly successful, invigorating program included an organized, intense week that told a true narrative of the Civil Rights Movement and the history that led up to it, without being too harsh or too sanitized. Deeply touched emotionally by the message, I found the presentations to us and discussions among us to be lively, in-depth, thought-provoking, and inspirational. I learned there is a lot I didn't know about the Civil Rights Movement and American history, this week filling many voids in my knowledge. Out of all of the US trips I've taken, this one stands out as being the most superb. I'll be back!






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