EDUCATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR

INSPIRING LEADERSHIP THROUGH ACTION

[TRIP LENGTH: 4 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

In order to develop future leaders we must connect them to the past. Appleseed Expeditions vision with this tour is to connect students to African American leaders who made a positive change and inspire them to do the same. Through a combination of historical tours and inner city community service it is our hope that students will be motivated to use their education and talents to fight for those less fortunate and make a stand for people who’s rights have been infringed upon. In the turbulent decade of the 60’s civil rights activists used nonviolent protest and civil disobedience to bring about change. The federal government made legislative headway with initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Many leaders from within the African American community and beyond rose to prominence during the Civil Rights era, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and others. They risked, and sometimes lost, their lives in the name of freedom and equality.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Tuskegee, Alabama

Arrive in Tuskegee, AL. After the group gets checked into their accommodations the students will enjoy dinner. Following dinner we will have an introduction to the program. If time permits volunteer at a local family shelter.

Day 2 – Tuskegee Human & Civil Right Multi Cultural Center

Following breakfast the group will head to The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center. The center was established in 1997, originally and primarily, to serve as a permanent memorial to the victims and survivors of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Visit the George Washington Carver Museum and then the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site. At Moton Field you will see where these famed black aviators learned to fly. In the late afternoon volunteer at an inner city feeding center that provides shelter and food for struggling inner city families.

Day 3 – MLK’ s Home Church and the Civil Rights Memorial Center

After breakfast the group will visit Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Martin Luther King pastored his congregation and then tour the Dexter Avenue Parsonage Museum. After lunch the group will head to The Civil Rights Memorial Center. Before dinner also visit the famous Freedom Riders Greyhound Bus Station. A time of refection will follow dinner.

Day 4 – Selma, Alabama

First visit the famous Rosa Parks Museum before loading the buses and heading to Selma, AL. After arriving the group will visit the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute and then walk across historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Later stop by the Slavery & Civil War Museum before heading home.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the George Washington Carver Museum
  • Explore the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center
  • Visit Moton Field
  • Visit Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
  • Walk across historic Edmund Pettus Bridge

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 stars or more on Trip Advisor
All meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided. On departure day only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.