Multicultural Ministries Team invites high school seniors on a Civil Rights Tour

11/17/2021

The North Alabama Conference Multicultural Ministries Team invites congregations to send their high school seniors on a transformative trip to walk the steps of history, to see the places and to hear the stories of the Civil Rights Movement right here in Alabama.

In years past, the North Alabama Conference has sponsored a UN/Washington trip for high school juniors and seniors. This experience impacted many youth over the years and opened their eyes to new ideas and ways to live out their faith in the world. It is the team's hope that the Multicultural Ministries Civil Rights Tour will continue this tradition, bringing youth together from across the Conference and helping to open their eyes to the history which continues to impact us today.

As we North Alabama United Methodists seek to dismantle racism in our state and nation and heed the call of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves, it is more important than ever for our youth to know and understand the history that has brought us here.

The tour will take place on March 26-28, 2022. Highlights of the trip will include exploring the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, visiting memorials to great freedom fighters such as Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, Rev. James Reeb, Rev. James Orange, Viola Liuzzo, Coretta Scott King and many others. The group also will worship at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and visit the Legacy Museum/Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

The Multicultural Ministries Team's goal is to find 40 high school seniors plus chaperones for this inaugural tour. The cost is $175 for students and $185 for adults (with a shared room). Scholarships are available. Local congregations are also invited to sponsor a youth to take part in this opportunity. For questions contact Rev. Joe Riddle at joe.riddle@umcna.org.

For more information and to register visit www.umcna.org/civil-rights-tour-2022.


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