Sat., Oct. 19-Sat., Oct. 26.
The October 2019 Living Legacy Pilgrimage (LLP) through Alabama and Mississippi offers participants an opportunity to discover the history, courage and commitment of the struggle for civil rights in this country. This is a spiritual journey, one that invites you to become a pilgrim, examining your commitments as together we carry the legacy of the civil rights movement veterans into today’s racially unhealed world. It is an experience you will not forget.
This eight-day journey starts and ends in Birmingham, AL, where the 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church killed four little girls – Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. We then travel to Montgomery to the spot where Rosa Parks boarded the bus that changed history, and visit the Equal Justice Initiatives’ Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Bryan Stevenson’s lynching memorial). We’ll visit Marion and Selma, AL, the center of the Selma voting rights campaign, and walk over the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.
From there, we’ll travel to Philadelphia, MS, where members of the Ku Klux Klan killed three civil rights workers – James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. We’ll visit the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, and then head up the Mississippi Delta to the area where 14-year old Emmett Till was murdered, through Sunflower County, where Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer lived and worked, and then on into Memphis, TN, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated and where the National Civil Rights Museum now honors his legacy and the legacy of all who fought for civil rights.
This pilgrimage is a sacred journey, unlike any other. Not only will you visit the historic sites of the civil rights movement, but you will also meet some of the very people who risked their lives to secure everyone’s rights and those who carry on the story today. These foot soldiers of the movement have not stopped working for justice, and they will inspire you with their courage, their resilience and their persistence throughout all these many years.
Now is the time to build a community of leaders who will answer the call for justice as brave veterans of the civil rights struggle have done for so many decades. Come take your place on the long trail of history. The time is now! Learn more and register here.
Support the Living Legacy Project’s IRA (Individual Reparation Account)
We encourage those who are privileged by means of their color to contribute a full or partial registration to our Living Legacy Project IRA account (Individual Reparation Account). This amount will allow a person whose life has been impacted by color discrimination or by the legacy of enslavement and/or racism to fully participate in the pilgrimage. All of us will be richer for these reparations. The value of this Living Legacy Pilgrimage is priceless. By donating toward the cost of the trip for someone else, you have an opportunity to take concrete action toward healing the wounds of racism. Donate here.