Civil Rights and Racial Justice Trip, April 19-23, 2022

WHO is going?

  • A multi-racial group of 35 people, mostly from the Burlington area.
  • The trip is supported by, but not limited to members of, First Presbyterian Church Burlington.
  • The planning team consists of Loy Campbell, Ron Shive, and Tony Foriest.
  • Every participant must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least two weeks prior to the trip.
  • We will be traveling via Harris Travel Charter. Our driver has experience with this trip. The bus has a bathroom.

WHAT are we going to see?

  • Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Park (Atlanta, GA).
  • Edmund Pettis Bridge, site of Bloody Sunday, and the route of the March to Montgomery (Selma, AL).
  • The Freedom Riders Museum (Montgomery, AL).
  • 16th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, AL).
  • The Civil Rights institute (Birmingham, AL).
  • Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum (Montgomery, AL).
  • National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Montgomery, AL).
  • Downtown Montgomery’s historical sites tour with guide Wanda Battle (Montgomery, AL).
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Tuskegee, AL).

WHERE are we staying?

  • Four nights at Staybridge Suites in downtown Montgomery.

WHEN is the trip?

  • We will leave Burlington in the morning (likely in the 7am hour) on Tuesday, April 19. We will return to Burlington by 9pm on Saturday, April 23.
  • We will make a few rest stops along the way, but the charter bus also has a bathroom.

WHY are we going?

  • To learn more deeply about our country’s history of racial terror in an effort to understand the ways that racism manifests itself today.
  • To be on holy ground where Civil Rights activists risked (and many gave) their lives to move our country towards greater racial equity in many forms.
  • To grow together in our personal and collective commitment towards antiracism within the Christian faith and in our community.

HOW much does the trip cost?

  • $650, plus the cost of lunch and supper during the trip. This includes the cost of transportation, lodging, breakfast and admission/guides for the sites we will visit. (*Note: The $650 cost is based on double-occupancy hotel rooms. If you prefer a single room, please let us know. The cost will be an additional $325)

  • A $200 per person deposit is required by February 1. Checks payable to First Presbyterian Church Burlington (with “Alabama trip” in the memo line) can be mailed or dropped by 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215. Please let Loy Campbell know when you have turned in a deposit so she can add you to the list of confirmed participants.

Additional questions? Contact Loy Campbell: 540-250-2446.

Detailed Itinerary

Tuesday, April 19

  • Depart Burlington, NC, in the 7am hour. The trip is about 8 hours plus stops.
  • Stop in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Park.
  • Arrive in Montgomery and get settled into our hotel.

Wednesday, April 20

  • Visit Selma, Alabama. Our tour guide is Thelma “Dianne” Harris, who was a 15-year-old participant in the 1965 march now known as “Bloody Sunday”. She will tell us her story at the local library, take us to the Edmund Pettis Bridge, and show us the church where organizing work was done. We will have lunch in Selma. We are hoping to visit the Voting Rights Museum there.
  • If time allows, visit the Freedom Riders Museum back in Montgomery.

Thursday, April 21

  • Board the bus for about 1.5 hour drive to Birmingham.
  • Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
  • Visit the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Friday, April 22

  • Visit the Legacy Museum (Equal Justice Initiative).
  • Visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
  • Tour downtown Montgomery’s civil rights sites with tour guide Wanda Battle, a Montgomery local.
  • Finish our day at Harris House with a discussion with Valda Harris of the civil rights movement.

Saturday, April 23

  • Pack up and depart the hotel.
  • Stop at in Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
  • Stop at Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Additional notes:

    • Dinner each evening is on your own. Our hotel will be downtown Montgomery so there will be restaurants nearby and you are free to explore the city more during and after dinner.
    • We will plan a few opportunities in the spring via Zoom and in person to meet the other travelers for fellowship and discussion of logistics.