I started to blog last night, but half way into it it randomly erased and I was too tired to re-do it then. So, I am back at it tonight :). We leave at 5am tomorrow, so this will be a brief re-cap. Yesterday morning we had a tour at the Central High School Historic site. Our tour guide didn't think we would get into the actual school, but anyone who knows me knows that I don't really give up. We did make it inside the school to be able to stand in that historic spot and try to feel what those 9 brave high school students felt back in 1957. Our tour guide was excellent and did a great job of painting the picture in our minds of what they went through.
Our next stop was at the Clinton School for Public Service where 4 of the Master's students spoke to us about what they are doing to make the world a better place. Very inspiring. Most like there is a future Clinton school student in our group.
Then we headed to the Arkansas State Capitol. The highlight was checking out the Little Rock 9 statues.
Finally, we visited Heifer International. If you don't know what this is, go to www.heifer.org. They do incredible things to promote social justice and end poverty. I am not sure that all of our students were able to make that connection, but the ones that did got a lot out of this visit.
Today we had lunch at the famous Interstate Barbaque. I had very delicious BBQ nachos.
Then, we went to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. We toured the first building and then met with Rev. Billy Kyles who was with Dr. King when he was shot. Rev. Kyles told all of us to dream big dreams. He told us that dreamers are the ones who make big things happen. He had such a positive message given the fact that the main reason we wanted to see him was to have him tell the sad story of the end of Dr. King's life.
Overall, it has been and excellent last couple of days. I need to go to sleep so I make it out to the bus at 5am.