Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Civil Rights & Remembrance Sites

Walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and countless others who fought for freedom, dignity and civil rights for African Americans. Learn about how they fostered hope and courage and strength to inspire and persevere. Reflect, pray and bear witness at the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice which is dedicated to truth-telling about the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and mass incarceration.Participate in discussions, singing and prayers to respond to this experience in community.

Tentative Itinerary
Saturday, March 21 – Tuesday, March 24. 2020

Saturday, March 21: Depart Indianapolis for Memphis, Tennessee, where we will visit the Civil Rights Museum early on Sunday, March 22.

Sunday, March 22: Depart Memphis for Selma, Alabama to visit the Selma Interpretive Center, Edmund Pettus Bridge and Lowndes Interpretive Center on Monday, March 23.

Monday, March 23: Depart Selma for Montgomery, Alabama, where we will visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice/ Freedom Rides Museum.

Tuesday, March 24: Depart Montgomery, Alabama for Birmingham to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument /16th Street Baptist Church (1963)/ Kelly Ingram Park  and return to Indianapolis.

Cost: Thanks to a grant from the Diocese of Indianapolis, the per person cost for members of the Diocese is $525, which includes transportation, double occupancy lodging, admissions, and all but one meal. The rate for members of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is $250 per person, thanks to our Growing Courageous Neighbors grant from the Center for Congregation*. Scholarships are available; members of Good Samaritan should ask The Rev. Gray Lesesne. A deposit of $100 per person is due December 9, 2019.

Through a diocesan grant, the Diocese of Indianapolis Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) is also offering ten $400 scholarships toward the $525 registration cost of participating in the March 21-24 Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Scholarships are open to all members of the UBE, with priority given to people of color. Apply for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage Scholarship here. Membership in the UBE is open to people of all races and ethnicities who support the mission of the UBE, which is to unite the diverse cultures, concerns and gifts of Black Episcopalians by providing preparation and encouragement for living the Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of the Episcopal Church.

Who can participate? This pilgrimage is for adults and mature youth who are accompanied by parent or guardian. Due to the nature of some of the content we will see and extensive travel required, this pilgrimage is not suitable for younger children. Advanced preparation, including participating in the Dismantling Racism Study Group (which meets weekly in January and early February), is expected for all going on this journey.

Register here!

*Due to our grant agreement, this rate is only available to members of Good Samaritan. Please contact Lara Dreyer for more information.