Arrivals and Welcome in Montgomery (D)
Independent arrivals to the Embassy Suites by Hilton Montgomery, Alabama. Symposium Registration available from 3:00 p.m. Check in to the hotel available from 4 p.m. The Symposium begins at 5:00 p.m. Meet your small group and your Study Leader in breakout rooms for welcome orientation. Afterwards, we’ll all gather for dinner together and begin our symposium with inspiration from our keynote speaker.
Days 2 & 3
Lectures and Montgomery’s Civil Rights Heritage Sites (BL)
Lectures and discussions provide background and insights for our visits to the key sites around Alabama and focus on understanding the history building up to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. After lunch, explore Montgomery’s civil rights heritage with visits to the Rosa Park Museum, The Freedom Rides Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial at Southern Poverty Law Center and a guided walk through Montgomery’s history.
Day Trip to Tuskegee (BL)
Drive to the town of Tuskegee, home of Tuskegee University, founded in 1881, where Dr. Booker T. Washington was the first teacher; and the most prominent black scientist of the early twentieth century, George Washington Carver, was a professor. Visit the Tuskegee History Center for an overview of the region’s multicultural heritage. A presentation and discussion with a bioethicist delve into the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and its repercussions in society today. At the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, learn about the contributions of African-American airmen in World War II.
Day Trip to Birmingham (B)
Drive to Birmingham for an exploration of the city’s civil rights history. Walk through Kelly Ingram Park, once a staging ground for demonstrations. Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to gain a comprehensive understanding of the city’s key moments of the civil rights movement. Meet activists and visit the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a key location for civil rights organizers, mass meetings, and rallies, where on Sunday, September 15, 1963, the church was bombed, killing four young girls.
The Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (BLD)
Explore the newly re-opened and expanded Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. We have dinner together this evening and are joined by a special guest speaker.
Day Trip to Selma (BLD)
Our focus today is the series of campaigns, marches, and protests that took place in 1965 to win equal voting rights for African Americans. Drive to the town of Selma, to Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Here, former “foot soldiers” who took part on March 7, 1965, the day that became known as Bloody Sunday, relay the role of the church in the movement, and share their personal experiences. We have lunch with members of the local community. Departing Selma, walk across the 1,248-foot length of the Edmund Pettis Bridge and imagine how it must have felt to be faced with a line of police, with no way to escape, on Bloody Sunday. Returning to Montgomery, we’ll gather to sing the songs of the Civil Rights Movement and share a farewell dinner together.
Independent departures after breakfast.
Please Note: This itinerary is preliminary and is subject to updates; presenters and keynote speaker for this date of the symposium will be finalized closer to the date of operation. Thank you for your understanding.