Just ten days ago, we expected that we’d be spending this week and next leading two full buses with a total of eighty-five people from over twenty states on Living Legacy Pilgrimages. With deep regret, we had to cancel both trips because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board and Founders of the Living Legacy Project struggled with this decision but came to this conclusion from deep care and concern for the well-being of everyone involved, including the people we would meet along the way.
Today, we are asking for your help in recovering some of the losses incurred as a result of these cancellations. We are most concerned about Civil Rights Movement veterans and others who make the LLP such a transformative experience.
We are pleased to report that every one of the hotels gave us a full refund without hesitation. Our long-time bus partner, Cline Tours, also willingly gave us a full refund. However, it still means financial losses to the LLP and to the people who were committed to helping make these pilgrimages memorable events, including:
- Anthony Liuzzo, son of Viola Liuzzo, the Unitarian Universalist woman killed by the Klan on the stretch of highway between Montgomery and Selma,
- The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir, a choir that has been singing freedom songs since the 1960s,
- Selma voting rights veteran Joanne Bland, and Terry Chestnut, son of J.L. Chestnut, Jr., Selma’s first black lawyer and a key organizer of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign, and
- Della Maynor and other Marion, Alabama, veterans of the Civil Rights Movement.
When the LLP Board decided to cancel the two upcoming Pilgrimages, we also decided that we would do whatever we could to acknowledge the importance of our fabulous resource people and let them know how much we value them.
This is where you come in.
We are grateful that the registered participants of the canceled Pilgrimages have already donated almost $6,000 to help us offset the LLP’s unrecoverable costs associated with canceling these two Pilgrimages and send monetary thank-you gifts to the people who make these Pilgrimages so special.
We need an additional $10,000 to cover our costs and make these gifts. Will you help us compensate our partners for their time and commitment?
While the future of the Living Legacy Project is bright, this financial setback will slow our progress. We understand that in the current pandemic you are almost certainly helping meet deep human need close to home. We hope that, in addition to those efforts, you will join with us to move the LLP forward. We need these stories now more than ever! Help us spread them to new generations!
You can make a donation online using this link: Living Legacy Project Donation.
When you donate, please select March 2020 Recovery Fund under Gift Designation. And, if it works for your budget, please select a Donation Schedule so your gift repeats Monthly, Quarterly, or Annually.
If you prefer to use PayPal, you can donate using this link: https://paypal.me/LivingLegacyProject
Or if you'd rather stay away from online payments, you can send a check to:
Living Legacy Project
1000 Blanton Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221
Thank you so much. We are so grateful for your generosity. We will report back to you on our progress.
We wish you the best in this difficult time. May you and your loved ones stay healthy and well.
In peace and solidarity,
Living Legacy Project Co-Presidents
On behalf of the LLP Board:
Rev. Dr. Gordon Gibson
Rev. James A. Hobart
Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Rev. Seanan Holland
Rev. Carlton E. Smith
Dr. Pamela Zappardino
P.S. Please spread the word about our post-election Living Legacy Pilgrimage scheduled for Nov 7-14, 2020. This will be an opportunity to prepare for whatever comes next!
We'll be in touch as more information becomes available.