Southeast Civil Rights Journey
Sunday, November 17-Tuesday, November 19 | Georgia and Alabama
Join Rabbi Felicia Sol and SPSA’s Reverend Lea Matthews on a civil rights journey through Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham. Together, we will work to deepen our understanding of the Civil Rights movement and how systemic racism is both historical and present today by immersing ourselves in experiences from church services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma to visiting the Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This trip is open to BJ and SPSA members only.
Participants are required to attend a pre-trip meeting and post-trip debrief:
- Tuesday, November 12 – 6:30-8:30PM – Civil Rights Trip Preparation
- Tuesday, December 10 – 6:30-8:30PM – Civil Rights Trip Debrief
Sunday, November 17
9:30AM: Introduction to the journey
- Leo Frank Story: Hear the story of Leo Frank, a New York Jew who moved to Atlanta, was falsely convicted of murder, and was lynched. This has impacted the identity of Jews in the South since it occurred in 1915
10:00AM: Tour Auburn Ave and King Center Neighborhood and Tomb
11:00AM: Church Services at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
2:00PM: National Human and Civil Rights Museum
- See the brand new museum that is devoted to understanding modern day human rights issues, as well as understand the civil rights struggle.
5:00PM: Names Project/AIDS Quilt
- See the AIDS Quilt and hear the story of the quilt and the politics of AIDS in America. Understand the fight for the rights of the gay community in the 1980s.
6:30PM: Free for dinner at Ponce City Market
8:30PM: Depart for hotel
- Hotel: Fairfield Inn Fairburn, GA
Monday, November 18
Breakfast at the hotel
8:00AM: Leave for Montgomery, AL
10:00AM(CST): Rosa Parks Museum
- Stand where the Civil Rights movement began and learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1:00PM: Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum & Lynching Memorial
- Explore the evolution of racial oppression from slavery to mass incarceration and reflect on an often overlooked tragedy at the first national memorial for victims of lynching
4:00PM: Leave for Selma
5:00PM: Tour Selma and the Edmund Pettus Bridge
- Meet with someone who was beaten on the march. Hear her story.
- Learn about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and his involvement in the struggle.
7:00PM: Dinner and depart for Birmingham
Hotel: Best Western Plus, Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, November 19
9:30AM: Walking tour of Freedom Park and 16th Street Baptist Church
- Get a walking tour by a reverend who was a civil rights worker in Birmingham in the 1950s & 60s, and was arrested and had the dogs & hoses turned on him. See the historic church where four girls died in a bombing.
11:00AM: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
- Explore the museum about the civil rights movement
12:30PM: Lunch at Pizitz Food Hall
1:30PM: Either depart for Birmingham airport or depart for Atlanta Airport
7:00PM: Earliest flights out of Atlanta
The price includes all meals, except Sunday dinner (beginning with Sunday lunch and ending with Tuesday lunch), all ground transportation, hotels, admission, and programming costs.
When and where to meet:
Arrange your own transportation. Participants must be at 449 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 by 9:00AM Sunday morning to put their bags on the bus and meet the group.