We recommend that you purchase a copy of Weary Feet, Rested Souls by Townsend Davis to carry with you on the journey.
Arranged by location, Weary Feet, Rested Souls describes each place we will visit, including maps, Movement history, photos and quotes. It provides a good preliminary review of the significance of each site, and a helpful tool for remembering the sites and telling others about them back home. We will be telling you which pages describe each day’s itinerary.
Our website, www.uulivinglegacy.org, gives you a sketch map and listing of Pilgrimage stops (see Route), and offers a large number of resources (see Resources) covering both history and current developments in civil rights areas relevant to the stops. We thought we would highlight a few especially good sources that you might find in your library or bookstore.
For a general look at the historic Movement, two books are especially well done:
- Parting the Waters – America in the King Years, 1954-1963, by Taylor Branch – a comprehensive and informative summary of historic events with ML King, Jr. as a focus.
- The Children, by David Halberstam – Tells the stories of the young people in Nashville who formed the core of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and what they have done with their lives since the Movement days.
To further your anti-racism development, we also recommend that you read Witnessing Whiteness, First Steps Toward an Antiracism Practice by Shelley Tochluk.
Several films (available as video, DVD or both) are well worth watching on your own. We will be using some visual materials on the bus, but will not have the time to include all segments of these excellent resources:
- Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 by Henry Hampton - (available now in a 3 DVD set) We will view the Selma and Mississippi segments on the bus, but all sections are well worth watching ahead of time.
- Home of the Brave – the case of Viola Liuzzo, who was killed on the road between Selma and Montgomery following the famous march.
- The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, by Keith Beauchamp – covers the murder and aftermath of 14 year old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi in 1955.
This is just a start, and there are many new resources coming out every year. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you find other excellent materials that we should list on the website.
Next month, we will send you another bulletin with details of what to bring and what to expect on our Pilgrimage. It should answer most of your questions. Watch for it! If you need to review an earlier bulletin we have sent you, you can always access them at http://www.uulivinglegacy.org/2013-bulletins.html.
If you haven’t already sent us your travel plans to and from the Pilgrimage, please send that information to email@example.com as soon as you finalize your plans.
Finally, we’d like to introduce you to the Living Legacy Pilgrimage’s new Travel Manager, Valerie Walker. Valerie will be your primary contact for questions about travel logistics, especially accommodations and meals. She will also direct any other questions you have to the appropriate person. You can reach Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Legacy Pilgrimage Planning Committee –
The Rev. Gordon Gibson, The Rev. Hope Johnson, Judy Gibson, Janice Marie Johnson, Annette Marquis, Reggie Harris, Valerie Walker