Civil Rights Immersion — Day 3 Summary


More than 30 people from the Great Plains Conference and some friends from the Louisiana Conference are taking part July 12-16 in a civil rights immersion in Montgomery, Alabama, and surrounding areas. Day three featured an opportunity to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the same bridge where people were savagely beaten while marching for voting rights; a tour of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which tells the story of Alabama's history and the struggle for equality.

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Day 1 — Day one featured a visit to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, as well as its parsonage where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King lived with his family while he served the church from 1954 to 1960. The group also visited the Freedom Rider museum and visited the site of slave auctions in the 19th century, as well as artwork dedicated to Rosa Parks.
Day 2 — Day two featured a visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and a short trip to the Peace and Justice Memorial Center, which celebrates the lives of those who were lynched in the United States. Both are operated by the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery. 

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