Friday, January 22, 2010

The Plan!

Civil Rights Pilgrimage Schedule
Saturday March 20th

 3pm: Leave Champaign-Urbana
 7pm: Stop in Louisville for dinner at
Jefferson Mall
4801 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY, 40219-3201

Sunday March 21st

 Arrive in Atlanta
 We are staying at the Days Inn and Suites Atlanta
 Breakfast at the:
Waffle House
96 Upper Alabama Street
Atlanta, GA30303
(404) 527-7191

 8am/11am: Attend Ebenezer Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
407 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312-1599
(404) 688-7300
Ebenezer Baptist was founded in 1886, and has since stood as a high-profile center for African-American leadership and worship in Atlanta. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ministry in this unassuming structure, and gained a national voice through his sermons from its pulpit. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was also founded here.

 After the Church Service: Visit the King Center and go on the MLK Birth home Tour
King Center
449 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312-1590
(404) 526-8900
Coretta Scott King started the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in the basement of the couple's home in the year following King's 1968 assassination. In 1981, the center was moved into a multimillion dollar facility on Auburn Avenue, near King's birth home and next to Ebenezer Baptist Church, both him and Coretta Scott King are buried in the compound.
*** Birth home Tour 10am-5pm every 30 minutes***
 After the King Center Visit: Free time/Dinner at a location of your choice

Monday March 22nd
 9 am: Sweet Auburn Market
***While at the market purchase food to eat on the bus, because we will not be stopping for lunch
 11am: Leave Atlanta

 1pm: Arrive in Tuskegee

 1pm: Tour Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center

 3pm: Tour Tuskegee University Campus
Tuskegee University
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee Inst, AL 36088
Tour of Tuskegee University led by a student

 4pm: Leave Tuskegee and head to Montgomery
We are staying at the Days Inn Montgomery Midtown 2625 Zelda Road

 5pm: Arrive at Eastdale Mall (Hang out at the Mall until 9pm)
500 Eastdale Mall
Montgomery, AL 36117-2120
(334) 271-8200

Tuesday March 23rd
 9am: Rosa Parks Library and Museum
(On the Troy State University campus)
252 Montgomery St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
This tribute to the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" honors Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who, in 1955, sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. The museum helps visitors relive this tumultuous era with a video, artifacts, historical documents, a lifesize statue of Rosa Parks and a replica of the bus in which she sat that day.

 11am: Tour of the Alabama State Capitol

 After the Capitol Tour: Lunch at the State Cafeteria in Gordon Persons Office Building
50 North Ripley Street

 1:30 pm: Visit the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a legal organization, internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of organizations it calls hate groups. In addition to free legal service to the victims of discrimination and hate crimes, the Center publishes a quarterly Intelligence Report which investigates extremism and hate crimes in the United States.
 3:30pm: Tour of Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church
454 Dexter Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, AL is the church where Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. pastored from 1954-1960 and began his quest for civil rights. The place is now considered a national landmark,

 6pm: Dinner and meeting with Civil Rights History Makers at :
Trentholm State Tech College
1225 Air Base Boulevard
Montgomery, AL
Hosted by Ms. Ella B. Bell

Wednesday March 24th
 7am: Leave Montgomery

 8am: Arrive in Selma

 8:30am: Guided Tour of Edmund Pettis Bridge and Selma with Joanne Bland

Edmund Pettus Bridge, named for Edmund Winston Pettus, a Confederate general, and eventual U.S. Senator, is a bridge in Selma, Alabama. It is infamous as the site of the conflict of Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965), where armed officers attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators.
Joanne Bland: Joanne Bland is co-founder and director of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama, where she works to promote civil and human rights, and in particular seeks to increase voter awareness. In the front lines of the struggle, the young Bland marched on "Bloody Sunday" and "Turn Around Tuesday," witnessing brutal beatings, shooting and hosing of fellow marchers by police. Only 11 years old, she has the distinction of being the youngest person to have been jailed in these demonstrations.

 12pm: Lunch with Joanne (Lunch will be $10 per person. Please have cash ready)

 1pm: Leave Selma

 3pm: Arrive in Birmingham, visit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
We are staying at the Days Inn Birmingham
905 11th Court West
 3:15: Tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St. N
Birmingham, AL 35203
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute documents the struggle of African American citizens in Birmingham to become full participants in the city’s government and business community. Because this struggle was a social movement that caught the attention of the world, Birmingham is an appropriate place for an institution that serves the world as a center for study and reflection.

***After the tour we will visit all the statues at Kelly Ingram Park

 6:15pm: Eat Dinner at Golden Corral
Golden Corral
1185 Center Point Rd
Birmingham, AL 35215

 After Dinner: Go back to the hotel for GAME NIGHT

Thursday March 25th
 6am: Leave Birmingham

 1pm: Arrive in Little Rock
We are staying at Super 8 5800 Pritchard Dr. Little Rock, Arkansas

 1:30pm Eat Lunch at Your Mama’s Good Food
Your Mama’s Good Food
130 W 4th St, #220
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 372-181

 3pm: Load Bus: Depart to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Guided tour of the center

 5:30 pm: Eat Dinner and hang out in Downtown Little Rock Area

 9pm: Go back to the hotel

Friday March 26th
 9am: Tour Little Rock Central High School
1500 Park Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
On the morning of September 23, 1957 nine African-American teenagers stood up to an angry crowd protesting integration in front of Little Rock's Central High as they entered the school for the first time. This event, broadcast around the world, made Little Rock the site of the first important test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.
 11am: Eat Lunch at a fast food restaurant to go

 12pm: Meet with students from Clinton School of Public Service. Hosted by Ryan Olson.

 1:30pm: Tour of the Arkansas State Capitol/View Little Rock 9 Statues

 3pm: Tour Heifer International
1 World Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202
 After the HI tour: Dinner in Downtown Little Rock

Saturday, March 27th
 8am: Leave Little Rock
 10am:Arrive in Memphis
We are staying at the Knights Inn
2949 Airways Blvd
 10:30am: Slave Haven Underground Railroad/ Burkle Estate Tour
826 N. 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) - 527-3427
Secret tunnels and trap doors evoke a period before the Civil War when this house was a stop on the Underground Railroad used by runaway slaves in their quest for freedom. The house is filled with 19th-century furnishings and has displays of artifacts from slavery days. Takes about an hour to get through the house, the other half of the tour will be a bus tour of historical sites in Memphis.

 1pm: Lunch at McDonalds
905 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN

 1:50 pm: National Civil Rights Museum
405 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103

While speaking on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. You can relive history here by visiting the balcony and Dr. King's room, restored as it was when he was here to support the Sanitation Worker’s strike. Through interactive multimedia exhibits you participate in the civil rights movement and learn its history from the 1600s through Rosa Parks and the freedom riders until today.

 6pm: Eat Dinner on Beale Street, then Free Time to walk Beale Street

 9pm: Go back to the hotel

Sunday, March 28th
 5am: Leave for Champaign

 11am: Arrive back to C-U