A Bit More From One of the Old Folks

Trip Start Apr 20, 2011
Trip End Apr 25, 2011

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

We started the day bright and early in Memphis, and after a rather rushed breakfast, we boarded the bus for the long ride to Alabama. Most of the kids slept for the first couple of hours, but perked up after a pit stop. Watching "The Children's March" on the bus as we were heading into Birmingham seemed to make the stop at the 16th Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park much more meaningful.

Since it was Saturday, the area we were in was really quiet, so it was a bit of a challenge to find a place to buy lunch. I was once again impressed with the resourcefulness of our kids, who all found something to eat. Most brought their meals back to the park and we ate as a group. We were unexpectedly entertained by an Easter Egg hunt for the local children right by where we were sitting.

After lunch we wandered through the Civil Rights Institute. It had a great selection of mixed media exhibits. The videos were powerful, sobering, and inspiring. Although several of the kids didn't take the time to really aborb all the material, many were deeply moved. There were a few of us who didn't get to see it all and had to rush to the bus. The kids who went through the museum more quickly went back to the park and played ball and frisbee. Then we had to board the bus again and head south to Montgomery.

Along this part of the trip, we watched "Soundtrack for a Revolution". We parked at the Rosa Park's Museum, but it was closed so we didn't get to go in. We did the self-guided tour and headed through Montgomery. We passed Court Square Fountain with the RED water and headed up the street to the Capitol, following in the steps of the Selma to Montgomery marchers.

One of the highlights of the day came on the way from the Capitol back to the bus. We stopped at the Southern Poverty Law Project's building and layed our hands in the water on the fountain with the names of those who have died in the struggle.
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