Civil Rights in the South

Civil Rights in the South
Journey back to a time of revolution and brotherhood in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. Follow the path of the marches through Atlanta, Montgomery and Birmingham, as well as the town of Selma, where a peaceful protest erupted into what is now called “Bloody Sunday.” Commemorate the key contributors to civil rights by visiting the Rosa Parks Museum and the National Voting Rights Museum, then visit the home and church of the most famous civil rights activist of them all, the venerated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Day 1 Hello Atlanta
Meet your tour director
Travel to Montgomery
Dinner
Day 2 Montgomery landmarks
Breakfast
Montgomery guided sightseeing tour
Civil Rights MemorialConfederate MonumentAlabama State CapitolCourt Square
Rosa Parks Museum visit
Dinner
Details: Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church visit
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage is the church where Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. pastored from 1954-1960 and began his quest for civil rights. In this National Historic Landmark, see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery bus boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King’s civil rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.
Details: Southern Poverty Law Center visit
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups.
Day 3 Montgomery--Birmingham
Breakfast
Travel to Birmingham via Selma
Birmingham guided sightseeing tour
16th Street Baptist ChurchBirmingham Botanical GardensVulcan Park
Dinner
Details: National Voting Rights Museum visit
Located in the Historic District of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the scene of “Bloody Sunday,” the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute is the cornerstone of the contemporary struggle for voting rights and human dignity.
Details: Edmund-Pettus Bridge
To cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge into Selma, Alabama is to symbolically share in the momentous and tragic events of the Voting Rights Struggles that changed America by providing all of the citizens of its democratic society the right to vote. Named for Edmund Winston Pettus, a Confederate brigadier general and U.S. Senator, the bridge traces the historic route of the Selma to Montgomery March in addition to being the focal point as a historic site of the Voting Rights struggles of the era of Civil Rights events and Bloody Sunday, when—on March 7, 1965—armed officers attacked some 600 peaceful civil rights marchers, forcing them back across the bridge with billy clubs and tear gas. The clash was broadcasted on national TV, creating a wave of support from citizens all across America that led to the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Day 4 Birmingham--Atlanta
Breakfast
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute visit
Travel to Atlanta
Atlanta guided sightseeing tour
Centennial Olympic ParkInman ParkGrant ParkHistoric Midtown
Dinner
Details: Atlanta guided sightseeing tour
Explore Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, which was built for the Centennial 1996 Summer Olympics, and dance through its Fountain of Rings. From there visit Inman Park, the first-planned and most historic neighborhood in Atlanta and Grant Park, the oldest city park and home to the Zoo Atlanta. Then head to Atlanta’s midtown with its mix of rich history and architecture with modern skyscrapers and new upscale residential buildings.
Day 5 End tour
Breakfast
Travel home
Details: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site visit
A young boy grows up in a time of segregation…A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement…This was Martin Luther King, Jr. Hear his story, visit the home of his birth, and where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change.
Map of the Southern Civil Rights Tour
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 4 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • Dinner daily (except departure day)
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
  • Overnight security chaperone
  • Visit to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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