BENEFITING: MICHIGAN COALITION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2016
Over twenty years ago, MCHR organized four historic Freedom Tours for metro-Detroit high school students. We are proud to announce that it is happening again!
This summer, 25 young mentees and 10 adult mentors will traveling from June 19 to June 29 2016 to visit historical sites in the civil rights struggle and meet with people who lived, made, and are still making, history.
Support the trip by making a donation to MCHR. It will cost MCHR at least $1,500 per student and we are committed to making it affordable for all students who want to participate. Can your church, school, or neighborhood association support one student on this trip? Sponsoring a youth is a great way to invest in that youth’s future, plant the seeds of peaceful revolution, and give back to your community.
The Freedom Tour will be an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the civil rights movement; to learn the history, to study and embody nonviolence, to build community and to engage the learning back here in Michigan.
Our tentative itinerary for the 2016 Freedom Tour is as follows:
The first two days of the trip we will be in Georgia. Our bus will travel first to Atlanta for a one-day core study of Kingian nonviolence at the King Center. We will also visit the Welcome Center and the Historic Black College Education Center.
The following day, we will visit MLK’s birth home and neighborhood, and the Ebenezer Church and bookstore. The bus will then depart for Alabama. In Montgomery, we will visit the Rosa Parks Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance, Dexter Ave. Church, the MLK Parsonage, and the Freedom Ride Museum. The next day, we will visit Lowndes County, where we will go to the Liuzzo Memorial, the Interpretive Center, and the Freedom House Jail. That same day we will visit the Voting Rights Museum, the Park Memorial, and the Slavery Museum. We will go on a Neighborhood Walk and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The tour will then visit the Interpretive Center.
The next day, we will arrive in Mississippi and visit Meridian and Philadelphia. We will also visit a Choctaw Native-American reservation.
The following day we will depart for Jackson, where we will see Tougaloo College, the Arab Museum, and the Medgar Evers House.
Following that, we will depart for Tennessee where we will arrive in Memphis. In Memphis, we will see the Museum/Lorraine Hotel, the Mason Temple, and the Beale Street music area. We’ll spend the following two days in Henning, at Alex Haley’s birth home.
The following day, we will arrive home in Detroit.
We are so excited to embark on this life-changing journey with all of you! The youth and mentors going on this trip will be documenting their experiences, feelings, and ideas before, during, and after this trip. Follow along on social media with the hashtags #MCHRFreedomTour2016, #MIHumanRights, and #FreedomTour2016!