Into the Valley of Death: Atlanta to Birmingham

“Fear is mastered through faith.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we skim along the highway in an air conditioned bus singing freedom and gospel songs under the direction of Edward, Gloria Jean and Khafre. Some sing, others talk, read, play Solitaire on their computers or listen to their iPODS. I think they miss the point of the songs we sing. These songs are the prayers and the symphony of the Civil Rights Movement – not just songs they might sing at camp. They are a form of Soul.

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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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