Alternative Winter Break Trip Montgomery, Alabama, January 5- 10
Public Service, Social Justice, and Faith | The Immersion Experience
Alternative winter break trips afford students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world in a meaningful way. This trip is equal parts public service work, social justice exposure, faith based reflection, leadership development, and education. This opportunity provides students with the chance to make an impact on communities around the U.S. and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the country.
Students will work with local organizations affiliated with the Interfaith Community Outreach program. Types of service include: Assisting elderly veterans of the Civil rights Movement in their homes. Many of these activists marched with Dr. King and worked with local civil rights organizations .The opportunity to speak with individuals who experienced the plights of African Americans is invaluable. Students may also be asjed to participate in other types of service including: physical labor, meal delivery, direct service, opportunities to encounter social justice issues.
The experience will place students in the Cradle of the Civil Rights movement, including the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Students will receive exposure to the following: Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham; Martin Luther King Jr.’s house; Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church; the Rosa Parks Museum; the Civil Rights Visitor’s Center and Memorial, Freedom Rides Museum; The Civil Rights voters’ trail from Montgomery to Selma, stopping along the way to visit the Voters’ Rights museum built on the site of a former tent city.
A special music session entitled “A Journey Through African American Music”. This journey takes the students back to Africa, brings them through the slave trading days, the Civil Rights Movement and up to the present time.
A tour of the Equal Justice Initiative offices. The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Their lawyers litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. EJI also prepares reports, newsletters, and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.
Students will have opportunities to meet with local activists who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.
We will be working with volunteer organizations affiliated with Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South. Students are invited, but are not required to participate in religious services.
We will engage in nightly reflective meditation, including prayer and fellowship.