Registration is closed for the April 1-5, 2017 Alabama Civil Rights Pilgrimage (5 days/4 nights)
We at the UU Living Legacy Project are excited to announce a very special opportunity.
We believe strongly in the power of this experience and are moved by the number of people asking for a shorter, more concentrated journey, that we are offering a “mini pilgrimage” from April 1st through the 5th of this year. The focus will be on civil rights sites in Alabama.
This opportunity comes at a time of great urgency in our country as the very essence of civil and human rights are being challenged with every passing day and with every tweet! And yet, the spirit of freedom has not been silenced, as evidenced by the millions who took to the streets around the country, and around the world, to the sound of singing voices, pink hats and marching feet. This was and is today’s civil rights movement at its best! So, in that spirit, we invite you to join this journey that will have crucial elements of our weeklong Pilgrimage that has changed lives and hearts, but in a more compact form. You will meet people, hear stories, and visit sites that made the civil rights Movement an event that rocked the world.
This five-day, four-night pilgrimage will start in Birmingham, Alabama, where the 1963 bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church killed four little girls, Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, woke up the world. It continues through Marion, where Jimmie Lee Jackson’s shooting by a State Trooper sparked the Selma to Montgomery March, and where the Perry County Three were charged in 1985. Selma, of course is included with the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and meeting a veteran of Bloody Sunday. In Montgomery, we’ll visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and Dexter Baptist Church’s parsonage and other spots as we share the people and stories that rise up to inspire and give light.
Led by members of the Living Legacy staff including Living Legacy Project Board President, Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, UUA Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, noted musician and LLP music educator, Reggie Harris, and Selma veteran, Rev. Dr. Gordon Gibson, this is much more than a civil rights history tour.
In addition to visiting historic sites, we meet veterans, many of them unsung heroes and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement. Additionally, we spend time exploring what today’s racism, white privilege, and barriers to equality look like in the Southern towns we visit -- and in our own hometowns. As a spiritual pilgrimage, we reflect on what we experience together so when we each return home we can apply what we have learned to make a difference in today's world.
Now is the time to set a new agenda for gaining the knowledge and building a community of willing leaders who will stand in the gap as brave veteran of the civil rights struggle have done for so many decades.
Come take your place on the long trail of history. Come see, learn, sing and make a new way and stand up for justice.
The time is NOW! Your legacy is waiting!
General Registration is now closed
$999 (double occupancy rate, per person)
$1,199 (single occupancy rate, per person)
FINAL REGISTRATION DATE is March 13, 2017. All registrations after this date will be confirmed on an availability basis only.
What does the fee cover?
The registration fee is quite inclusive, covering all lodging, meals, site admissions, and bus transportation during the Pilgrimage. You are responsible for travel to and from Birmingham, AL, and personal gifts, donations, suggested tips for the driver ($10 per day), tips for room accommodations ($3-$5 per day), and incidentals during the Pilgrimage. Access to ATMs is limited so please carry enough cash, credit cards, travelers checks, etc, to handle these expenses.
Transportation to Birmingham
This trip begins and ends in Birmingham, AL. Nearest airport is the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Birmingham is also serviced by Amtrak.
In Birmingham, we'll be staying at the
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport
5000 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N,
Birmingham, AL 35212, Phone: (205) 591-6900
The Holiday Inn offers a free airport shuttle. Just call them for pick-up when you arrive.
Please plan to arrive at the hotel and be settled in by 3:00 Central Time. If you cannot get a flight to get you there by that time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellations before March 10, 2017, will receive a refund of all but a $50 administrative fee. Although we will do our best to provide refunds after this date, we might not be able to if we cannot refill your seat.
NOTE: The trip is dependent on getting a base number of registrations. We will make a decision about whether it's a go on March 10 so people still have time to make a airline reservation three weeks out.
If we do not fill enough seats by March 10, we will, regrettably, have to cancel the trip. In that instance, we will offer a full refund.
We don't recommend making your reservations until that time, as the Living Legacy Project cannot be responsible for trip cancellation fees incurred.
We regret to announce that this Pilgrimage has been cancelled.
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Read "Stories of Resilience" from our November, 2016 Living Legacy Pilgrimage
The Living Legacy Project partners with First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, which serves as its fiscal agency.