Personal Musing: 50 Years Later

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” [Annotated Speech] I stopped my Civil Rights Bus Tour series on Day 5 in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. So this post jumps to Day 7, our day in Memphis. I only took one picture that day and it was at the National Civil Rights Museum located at the former Lorraine […]

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Day 5: Birmingham (PART III)

Just FYI I took this trip back in June. So these posts are simply reflections.  Carolyn McKinstry, one of the survivors from the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (1963), signing her book While the World Watched After spending the morning in Montgomery, our group traveled to Birmingham for the afternoon. We had the liberty of exploring […]

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Day #5: Montgomery (Part II)

    Before I jump into this blog, I want to share a quick story about Phyllis Brown, a woman I met on the course of this trip. Her older sister, Minnijean Brown, was among the nine who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. P. Brown joined us for two days on the […]

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Day 5: Montgomery (Part I)

Another heavy day. At the Rosa Parks Memorial Museum, Montgomery  Day Five | First Stop- Southern Poverty Law Center  (SPLC) It is strange to call the center’s museum beautiful because of the pain that lies within history. However, the SPLC, aesthetically,  is a beautiful museum. On the walls were the names and stories of civil rights martyrs. […]

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Day Two: Atlanta

We entered Atlanta and the first thing that popped into my mind was T.I.’s “Bring Em Out”. Our first stop was the King’s Visitor Center and the surrounding memorials and exhibits. This included King’s childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the reflection pool which is the grave site of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Day One of the Civil Rights Bus Tour

June 10, 2017 commenced the Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights 16th Annual Tour. That morning our bus departed from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and nearly eight hours entered my home state of North Carolina. Fortunately, I am familiar with the history of this movement, yet despite my familiarity with the civil rights struggle, this […]

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