The power of First Church Civil Rights History Trips is that those attending have returned changed. We have walked the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma, stood in pulpits in which Dr. King preached, cried on plantation land where the enslaved were “broken,” and looked out from the balcony where Dr. King was murdered. Museums in Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee have been our teachers for a world beyond our experience. Each trip has surprised us. In Alabama our tour guide was a woman who was beaten on the bridge when she was eleven, and we saw jars of dirt which were collected from the ground where people were lynched. In Virginia we went to General Assembly with a representative who spoke about our desire to be allies.
There we also learned about the two hundred Holocaust survivors who settled in Richmond and built the Holocaust Museum. In North Carolina we were stunned at the clarity in which we learned who were “the people” in the phrase, “We The People”. In Tennessee we discovered that actor Danny Thomas not only started St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital but hired a black architect, which changed the segregated policies for hotels and restaurants in Memphis. In each place the personal contact with our speakers brought a greater understanding through our sorrow.
This year we travel by computer. The tangibles will be different and yet we will learn. Our dates are Friday February the 12th 7-8:30pm, Saturday February 13th 10-11:30 am, and Monday February 15th 10 – 11:30am. We will discuss the movies, novels, museums, or music we have engaged and zoom with The Director of the Franklinton Center at Bricks, Vivian Lucas. She will share with us about the hallowed ground where she works and the pursuit of racial equity.
The Civil Rights Years (PBS)
*Until They See Us (Four Part Series Netflix)
The Hate You Give (Movie)
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (HBO)
*If you have seen all of these, please refresh your memory and add to your list.
Homecoming by Beyonce’
The Indigenous People’s History of the US, Dunbar-Ortiz
Christian Imagination, Jennings
Why Are All The Black Kids Sit Together in The Cafeteria, Tatum
Letter From The Birmingham Jail, King
Blood Done Signed My Name (available on film), Tyson
Just Mercy (available on film), Stevenson
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Hobbs
How To Be Anti-Racist, Xendi
Me and White Supremacy, Saad
Seeing My Skin, Jarrett-Schell
If you would like to join this journey, please email me at .