Civil Rights South Seminar with Julian Bond (Registration Information)

Join University of Virginia's Professor Emeritus Julian Bond to gain a comprehensive appreciation of the American Civil Rights Movement, from  its earliest and often  unreported days in the mid-1950s, through the more high-profile years that followed. This seminar will visit many key sites of the  movement, with  a focus on voting rights  as we commemorate the 50th anniversary  of the Voting  Rights Act.  Along  the way, we will  meet participants in the movement and others who  continue its unfinished mission  of equality  and remembrance, allowing us to gain a new comprehension of the difficulties and dangers  of the freedom  struggle. Freedom wasn't  free, and the struggle  wasn't  easy, but  brave men and women  - and even children - risked life and limb  to change America. They did more than march - most of all they organized others  to join together in common cause to win justice for everyone. They left us a legacy we can be proud  of and challenges we must confront today!

  • Stand in places where the Montgomery Bus Boycott was planned and sustained.

  • Hear personal stories directly from civil rights organizers who risked life and limb for freedom, including Ambassador  Andrew  Young, who  was  an  aide  to  Martin Luther King, Jr., and Congressman John Lewis, the only surviving main speaker of the 1963 March on   Washington.

  • March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and follow the footsteps of thousands who marched from  Selma to Montgomery for equal voting rights.

  • Stand in the pulpits where Martin Luther King, Jr. motivated thousands.

  • Visit the Civil Rights Memorial, a circular black granite table that records the names of the martyrs  and chronicles the history of the movement.

  • Attend  a performance of freedom  songs by a group  including an original member  of the Freedom Singers, who sang to raise spirits and awareness during the height of the movement.

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