Balancing Excitement and Dread II

So why would a sixty-four-year-old woman choose to go to the American South in 2011 on a bus tour that lasts 9 days and visits four states? This is the explanation of the trip, ”
Course Overview
Individuals of all ages and cultures will enjoy this course. Students who attended in 2009 and 2010 have remarked that this course was a life changing experience. They have also said that it greatly increased their knowledge and understanding of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Participants in 2010 ranged in age from 14 to 80+.
Tour sites that figure prominently in the history of the Civil Rights movement in the South. On this nine-day tour, you’ll visit historic sites, museums, centers, and tour towns in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. This guided tour provides opportunities for learning about the people and events that began and continue the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States of America.

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“Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to play today.”

I wasn’t born yet! (And I don’t say that often anymore.) So, although my parents were baseball nuts, I don’t remember the names of the 1919 White Sox, called the Black Sox, because they threw the World Series. But I do remember the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner’s character hears a voice in his cornfield demanding, “If you build it, he will come.” Passionate for the first time in his life, Costner builds a baseball field and waits. His reward is the arrival of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a member of the Black Sox, back from the dead ready to play ball. Joe Jackson is joined by Eddie Cicotte, Buck Weaver, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, “Swede” Risberg and other once great players whose names no one knows. Costner’s sense of awe and his appreciation for the skill of the early players grows with the arrival of each one of them. (My awe as to how they arrived from the dead was not part of the movie.)

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