Alabama has a long and storied history of fighting for Civil Rights. In 1955, Montgomery was the focus of the nation as the African-American community staged a year-long bus boycott to end segregation of public transportation. Out of this struggle emerged a national leader for the African-American community, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In March 1965, in the pursuit of voting rights, marchers attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery were beaten and gassed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge by police officers and National Guardsmen. Life was a constant struggle for African-Americans to survive in sub-poverty conditions and segregated communities. For many, it would mean sacrificing the roof over their heads, the food on their tables, and the few coins for their labors. For others, it would mean their lives.
This project provides participants the opportunities to experience the struggle for Civil Rights past and present. Alabama today is a stark example that the fight for civil rights has not been won. The era of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks was known for its struggle for political, social, and educational rights. Great gains were made, but inequalities still persist in the form of economic rights, continued segregation, and treatment of immigrants. You will witness the economic injustice first hand in Birmingham, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, and White Hall. You will see a city that still has segregated schools, and experience a theater company that brings youth together in spite of that separation. Finally, you will explore how Alabama's tough immigration laws are adversely affecting all Alabamians. Explore the current state of civil rights -- you will be forever changed!
Day 1: Travel from Gettysburg to Atlanta, GA; Stop en route at International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC
Day 2: Atlanta sites: King Center, MLK Home, Ebenezer Baptist Church; Drive to Birmingham; Dinner with community partners: Introducing Birmingham
Day 3: Volunteer and Participate in MLK Unity Walk; Tour Birmingham sites: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; Dinner with participants of the Civil Rights movement
Day 4: Drive to Selma; Historic tour of Selma; Dinner with members of Freedom Foundation; Stay with host families
Day 5: Non-Violence Training; Lunch with present day activists; Dinner with host families; Introduction to Random Acts of Theater Company
Day 6: Drive to Montgomery; Tour Montgomery sites: Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Civil Rights Memorial Center, Rosa Parks Museum; Drive to White Hall, meet host families
Day 7: Tour Lowndes County sites: Viola Luozo Memorial, Lowndes County Interpretive Center; Meet with Bob Mants’ family (Bob Mants was integral to SNCC’s campaigns in Selma during the 1960s and organized this trip with Gettysburg for over 20 years); Stay with host families
Day 8: Drive to Tuskegee; Meet with students at Tuskegee University; Tour Tuskegee sites: Carver Museum, Tuskegee Airmen Site, Booker T. Washington’s Home; Dinner with George Paris and Amelia Robinson, participants in the civil rights battles in 1960s
Day 9: Program at Tuskegee; Begin drive to Gettysburg
Day 10: Finish drive home to Gettysburg
My name is Alexa Laboy and I am a Junior from New York City. I am an Africana Studies Major with a Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies minor. Apart from my academics, I work in the Admissions Office as a Tour Guide and an Ambassador. I am also an employee of the Gettysburg College Union Building Information Desk. I am an active member of the Black Student Union and the Latin American Student Association. I am extremely excited to serve as the project leader for the Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Throughout the past years I have been extremely active on campus with social justice movements and I cannot wait to embark on this journey with all of you. Let’s make this winter break an amazing one!
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