About the Living Legacy Project
The Living Legacy Project grew out of the Reverend Doctor Gordon Gibson's and his wife Judy's passion for sharing the Civil Rights Movement story. Recognizing the importance of not only capturing this story, and our Unitarian Universalist role in it, but of understanding what this story teaches us about the continued work that still needs to be done, the late Reverend Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson, and Annette Marquis formed a partnership with Gordon and Judy, to establish the Living Legacy Project. In November of 2013, the founding members, along with singer/songwriter Reggie Harris, formed the Living Legacy Project Board, with a goal of developing long-range sustainability in service of our mission.
Our Vision and Mission
The Living Legacy Project’s vision is a just and equitable world free from racism and other systems of oppression.
Mindful of this vision, the Living Legacy Project’s mission is to provide experiential education about the American Civil Rights Movement that challenges, inspires and equips people from diverse backgrounds and identities for justice work in their communities and beyond.
The Living Legacy Pilgrimage, one of several opportunities we offer, is a seven-to-ten-day bus trip through the South to understand the civil rights journey.
In the Spring of 2012, the Living Legacy Project sponsored the first ever gathering of Unitarian Universalist veterans of the civil rights movement. As the Project develops, additional opportunities in line with its mission will be made available. Stay tuned for future developments as they unfold.
In March, 2015, the Living Legacy Project hosted Marching in the Arc of Justice, a four-day conference in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign and to explore the civil rights and social justice issues of today.
In the Spring of 2020, the LLP moved online with dynamic programs about voting rights, music of civil rights, and the Civil Rights Movement. Although we plan to continue with online offerings, we are looking forward to getting back on the bus!
The Living Legacy Project incorporated in 2019 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA, serves as fiscal agent and partner of the Living Legacy Project.
For more information about the Living Legacy Pilgrimage, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org