Social Change Journeys

Southeast Civil Rights Journey

Theme: “For We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land”

Students will learn about the struggles of African Americans to gain equality in the 1950s & 60s as well as discover how Jews were involved in Civil Rights struggle. We will also delve into the creation of rock and roll and how this helped break down the walls of segregation. The students will walk away understanding why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. The journey can include Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham and Memphis. Visits include the site where Leo Frank was lynched, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Voter Rights Museum, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom Park, The Civil Rights Institute, seeing a performance at a legendary Blues Club, Sun Studios, The Smithsonian Rock and Soul Museum.

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Memphis

Theme: “Are We Our Brother’s & Sister’s Keeper – The Soundtrack of Revolution”

Participants will understand how art can be a form of activism. Discover how rock and roll music helped break down the walls between the races during the Civil Rights era and how today, hobbies and interests can transform the world. The trip includes following in the footsteps of Dr. King and Elvis Presley. Explore the intersection of rock and roll and the Civil Rights movement at the Smithsonian Rock and Soul Museum, Graceland, and Sun Studios. Learn about Civil Rights at the site where Dr. King was assassinated, which is now the National Civil Rights Museum, and dance to the transformative music that is rock and roll at a music club on the street where it all began – Beale Street!