2023 Marching Down “Freedom’s Road”: Civil Rights to the Black Freedom Movement

June 10, 2023 - June 17, 2023

June 10, 2023 - June 17, 2023:

Join us as we explore the Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movement this summer!


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
~PA ACT 48 Credit Hours and/or Documentation of Continuing Education Hours available per request. For more information, please email [email protected]


Day 1 - Travel from Pittsburgh to Greensboro

  • Sites: Greensboro History Museum, International Civil Rights Center and Museum
  • Overnight Greensboro
Day 2 - Greensboro and Atlanta
  • Sites: National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Overnight Atlanta
Day 3 - Atlanta and Montgomery
  • Sites: Atlanta Student Movement Sites, MLK and Rosa Parks Museums, Churches
  • Overnight Montgomery
Day 4 - Lowndes County and Selma
  • Sites: Tour of Selma, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Memorials
  • Overnight Montgomery
Day 5 - Montgomery and Birmingham
  • Sites: Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial
  • Overnight Birmingham
Day 6 - Birmingham and Memphis
  • Sites: 16th Street Baptist Church, Civil Rights Heritage Trail, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Withers Collection Museum and Gallery
  • Overnight Memphis
Day 7 - Memphis and Louisville
  • Sites: National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Overnight Louisville
Day 8 - Louisville and Return to Pittsburgh
  • Sites: The Muhammad Ali Center 


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