Marching Down "Freedom's Road":
Civil Rights to the Black Freedom Movement 2022
This seminar is geared for Educational and Community Leaders.
Experience the roots of the Black-led freedom movement, the "long civil rights movement," and contemporary activism. Learn with us the history, the successes and ongoing challenges for the movement. Our Seminar will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on through Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Alabama, culminating in Memphis, Tennessee. This seminar will focus on those who took up Rustin’s challenge and sought to agitate the right questions as they struggled for freedom and rights during the 20th century in the United States. Starting with the rumblings of discontent that preceded World War Two, we will explore the deep roots of the Black-led freedom movement, the “long civil rights movement,” and contemporary activism. This somewhat expanded timeline offers participants new ways of thinking about the nature and dimension of the movement and its leadership. Instead of limiting our study to the classroom, this program promises to blend site visits and readings with workshops led by museum curators, opportunities to hear first-hand testimonials, and tours of key sites.
The educational narrative will emphasize four main concepts:
- Freedom and Rights
- Civil Unrest
- Learning from our Past
- Contemporary Activism
Sunday, February 12: Arrival Atlanta Theme: The House We Live In Setting the Scene Josh White: Marching Down Freedom’s Road Sunday, February 13: Atlanta/Montgomery The Birthplace of a Peace Leader Sites: Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Morehouse and Spelman: Heart of the Student Movement, The Temple Monday, February 14: Montgomery The Home of Leaders and Martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement Sites: Rosa Parks Museum, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery Sites Photo, Opportunities Tour Tuesday February 15th: Montgomery/SelmaGround Zero in the Fight for Voting Rights Sites: Lowndes Interpretive Center, Selma Interpretive Center: Journeys for the Soul w/Joanne Bland & Lynda Lowery Wednesday February, 16: Montgomery/Birmingham Sites of Violence, Sites of Healing Sites: National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Thursday February 17: Memphis Memphis and the Final Days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sites: Stax Records Museum of American Soul Music, Withers Collection Museum and Gallery Evening on Beale Street Friday February 18: Memphis Sites: National Civil Rights Museum, I am a Man Plaza - Clayborn Temple, Mason Temple Photo Opportunity Saturday, February 19 Departure