Thursday, March 24, 2016

Day 6: Selma, Alabama

I can't believe that it's already Thursday! This week has been going by so fast and it has been amazing. Yet, after today I feel like there is way more that I need to learn. We started off our day with a  Footprints to Freedom tour.  Here we learned about the Selma-Montgomery march and Bloody Sunday.  After the tour we then left to march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It is hard to believe that Civil Rights protesters were beaten by attempting to do the same. Once we crossed the bridge, we then loaded onto the bus and headed to Birmingham.

At Birmingham we toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. We also had the opportunity to look at the 16th Street Baptist church. Sadly, the church was closed so we were unable to go inside. Yet, we saw the memorial that was outside of the church in honor of the four little girls that died in the church bombing.  There was also this park that had structures that told the story about Project C. On how the protesters had to endure firefighters hosing them down and police dogs.

Once we got to the hotel we settled in and formed into our discussion groups. Today we talked about the similarities and differences between the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement. This was a great conversation to have because I was able to listen a lot of interpretations. Yet, it did leave me feeling that I should research more into both movements.

I am looking forward for tomorrow but we have to wake up at 6:00 a.m!! We will be on the road to Little Rock, Arkansas and I can't wait to see what's in store.

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