You may have heard Suzzanne Lacey talk yesterday about the upcoming Civil Rights trip. Last summer, members of the Youth Forum had the opportunity to participate in what could only have been a life-changing experience when they visited sites important in the Civil Rights Movement and met people who were a part of the movement. We can watch movies and television shows, read books, and attend workshops, but the power of being in the places and meeting the people cannot be matched.

If you are interested in participating, you can find more information at  Here is a brief description of the trip: 

Civil Rights Trip – History, Justice and Freedom

July 28 – August 4, 2018

Explore powerful stories of the past and the present with a transformative trip through Georgia and Alabama. Walk across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, AL while commemorating marchers’ bravery on Bloody Sunday. Follow in the footsteps of Rosa Parks as she put her non-violent training in action at the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Hear from the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Anniston and Selma. In Montgomery, the past informs our present as we look into the issues highlighted in Bryan Stevenson’s ‘Just Mercy’. Stevenson’s book lays out his work on the behalf of the wrongly incarcerated, inmates on death row without fair trial, children tried as adults  and others caught in the cruel world of  our judicial system .  We’ll visit with those working towards social justice, at his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative and contemplate how our  history has grown into a world still fractured by racism.

“Fear and anger are a threat to justice. They can infect a community, a state, or a nation, and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.”

― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Plymouth Library has Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy and many other books on the Civil Rights Movement. Look for next week's blog article where I will tell you about some of those books.

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