Day 1 – Monday, April 2: Depart newhope church parking lot around 7 am, leave for Atlanta, Georgia. We will have lunch near the King Center, then take the self-guided tour to the King center, (admission is free). View the preserved writings of Dr. King. Pay respects to Dr. & Mrs. King’s Tomb, and view the Eternal Flame. We will stay overnight in downtown Atlanta at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel at Centennial Olympic Park.
Day 2 – Tuesday, April 3: You will enjoy a free breakfast buffet at the Embassy Suites, and then we will depart for Birmingham, Alabama. We will arrive in about 3 hours, to Kelly Ingram Park, site of the demonstration and protest campaign. We will then walk to the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. (Organized in 1873) Sixteenth Street was the first black church in Birmingham. Due to Sixteenth Street’s prominence in the black community, and its central location to downtown Birmingham, the church served as headquarters for the civil rights mass meetings and rallies in the early 1960’s. Sunday, September 15, 1963, at 10:22 a.m., the church became known around the world when a bomb exploded, killing four young girls attending Sunday School and injuring more than 20 other members of the congregation. After lunch, we will visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. We will then enjoy dinner, and depart for Memphis after dinner. We will arrive in Memphis and stay at the Quality Inn, in Downtown Memphis.
Day 3 – Wednesday, April 4: This is the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King. This will be a powerful and moving day full of activities. We will start off with a free breakfast buffet at Quality Inn, spend the day touring the National Civil Rights Museum, experiencing the spoken Word, speakers, etc., and anniversary musical tributes. We will enjoy lunch and then return to the National Civil Rights Museum. We will then have dinner and then go back to the hotel for the night.
Day 4, Thursday, April 5: Enjoy a free breakfast buffet at Quality Inn and then depart for Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. We will have lunch once we arrive and then walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a national symbol of the march in 1965. We will then drive to the Montgomery Courthouse and tour the site. As the day wraps up, we will have dinner and stay overnight at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, AL.
Day 5, Friday, April 6: Enjoy a free breakfast buffet at Embassy Suites, and then depart for Durham! Arrive at newhope church Friday evening.