Route Covers Most Poignant Historical Landmarks to Commemorate 50th Anniversary
The College of Southern Maryland will host a fall tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Sponsored by CSMs Diversity Institute, the Oct. 6 to 11 tour will provide an opportunity to visit key locations of the movement, educate participants on Civil Rights history and meet people who were part of major events, according to Mari Canizales, program coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
The Diversity Institute hopes the tour will provide participants a rare opportunity to share a piece of American history, explained Ava Morton, program coordinator, as well as provide them a first-hand, once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will cherish.
The tour will visit multiple locations throughout the South, including the Edmund Pettus Bridge where civil rights demonstrators were attacked as they attempted to march to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. It will continue onto the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham as well as the Rosa Parks Museum and Library at Troy University.
In Georgia, the tour will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, also known as the King Center.
In North Carolina, the tour will visit the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, home of the former F.W. Woolworths department store where four African-American college students were denied service at the stores lunch counter in Greensboro.
In Memphis, Tennessee, the tour will travel to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel and will finish at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
All-inclusive tour packages start at $485 per person with a deposit of $150 due with registration. The balance is due Sept. 15. The trip is open to a maximum of 40 participants.