Meet your fellow journeyers – Pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King at his gravesite – Relive the horror of the Leo Frank lynching at the site where it happened and see how it forged the identity of the Jewish South – Walk on Sweet Auburn Avenue, the mecca of Black America in the mid 1900s
Discuss the courage to take a stand and start a movement at the Rosa Parks Museum – Understand the connection of slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration at the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial to the victims of lynching – Learn about hate groups and work of the Southern Poverty Law Center – Relive the fight for Civil Rights at Freedom Park with someone who participated in the protests – Hear the tragic story of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church while standing in front of the building
Birth home of Elvis – Understand how rock and roll helped mainstream America get involved in the Civil Rights struggle – Meet with a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and hear his story of how he got into the hate group and found his way out – Time to explore, shop and eat on Beale Street – Listen to the live blues in music halls on Beale Street
– Pay our respects to Dr. King at the site where he was murdered on April 4, 1968, and hear the story about the events of that day – Learn about the roots of rock and roll at Sun Studio – Visit where 9 teens started desegregating America at Central High School – See the Little Rock!
– Discuss the legacy of John F. Kennedy at the Grassy Knoll – Sixth Floor Museum – Listen to the conspiracies surrounding the assassination of JFK at the Conspiracy Museum – Debate the issue of abortion with members of the right to life organization, Pro-Life Texas and pro-choice, NARAL – Celebrate Friday night Shabbat with Beth El Binah -a very friendly Reform congregation
Learn about the Tulsa Massacre where it happened – Understand the impact of folk music on rock, punk, and rap music as well as on politics at the Woody Guthrie Center – Hear about the bombing of the Murra Federal building at the site where it happened – Go to a baseball game
Relive our frontier past at Boothill
Discuss the second amendment while sitting in front of Columbine High School with a gun control advocate whose son was shot at the school – Visit America’s only Buddhist college, Naropa Institute – Learn the history of the beatniks and Jack Kerouac at the Jack Kerouac Institute of Disembodied Poets – Free time on Pearl Street – Play at an amusement park – Debate marriage equality with the religious right at Focus on the Family – Learn about hunger in America by visiting Food Bank of the Rockies – Explore the natural beauty of the red rocks at Garden of the Gods – Hear the stories of the fight for rights of people with disabilities from the activists who changed America.
Debate the right to bear arms with the NRA – Tour the Mormon Church – See a concert at a music and arts festival
Hike and explore Zion National Park – Discuss the preservation movement – Relax at the pool – Enjoy nature at its most beautiful – Have a Reconstructionist Friday night service outside in the awesome scenery
Hike some of the canyon and experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon – Learn how to meditate while sitting on the rim of the Canyon
Explore the sights of the Las Vegas strip at night – play in an interactive art exhibit called Meow Wolf – Relax at the hotel pool – Hear about the pros and cons of Labor Unions and discuss minimum wage vs. living wage at one of the largest unions in America – Meet with MAGA Republicans and understand their movement – Learn how to make healthy life choices and self-respect with a teen motivational speaker.
Understand the power of redemption and second chances by meeting with former convicts as they learn job and life skills at Homeboy Industries – Explore Hollywood and meet with a movie studio whose goal is to produce movies with social action themes – Go to a Poetry Slam – Experience the atmosphere and interview people on Venice Beach – Discuss race relations in South Central – Discuss the power of addiction at a synagogue for former addicts and prisoners – Have dinner with the congregants and hear their stories – Compare and contrast the neighborhoods of South Central and Beverly Hills – Enjoy fresh fruit while learning about the social justice aspect of access to food by speaking to farmers at a farmers market – Learn about the Never Trump wing of the Republican Party
See and play on America’s most beautiful coastline
Learn how young people can be empowered to create change and the Free Speech Movement while exploring Berkeley – Visit the old beatnik haunts in North Beach and understand the impact of illiteracy at City Lights Bookstore with a man who learned to read at the age of 45 – Learn about Harvey Milk and the gay rights movement in the Castro District – Relive the ’60s in Haight Ashbury – Walk through San Francisco’s many varied neighborhoods – Understand the future of the media and how to be a savvy consumer of media with the Dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism – Have Friday night services with a neighborhood synagogue.
Indulge in deep dish pizza – Relax by Lake Michigan – Learn about homelessness in America by meeting with former and current people experiencing homelessness – Laugh at Improv Comedy – Hear about the riots of the 1968 Democratic Convention where they happened at Grant Park – Spend time at the Art Institute of Chicago museum – Discuss city and urban planning and the implications of gentrification with the Chicago city planning organization.
Experience the turmoil of May 4, 1970 at Kent State where 4 students were killed while protesting the Vietnam War with a tour of the site guided by a man who survived the shooting – Understand the impact of music at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
Experience a Bruce Springsteen concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey – Relive our ancestors journey to America at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty – Understand our power to change the world by meeting with American Jewish World Service –Feel the impact of Ground Zero – Talk about the need to combine commerce and compassion on Wall Street – Eat at New York Pizza – Explore Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side – Relax in Central Park – See a Broadway Show like “Hamilton” and “Come From Away” – Spend time in Central Park – Hear about being a Muslim in America today by meeting with the Imam of the NYU Islamic Center and attending Friday afternoon services.
Have an authentic Italian dinner in the North End – Walk the Freedom Trail – Free time in Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market – Reflect on the wisdom of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond – Wander around Harvard Square – Discuss economic justice/poverty with local organizations.
Celebrate and debate the Constitution at the Constitution Museum – See the Liberty Bell – Free time on South Street – Enjoy a variety of food at the Reading Terminal Market – Discuss how to make human connections across ideological divides with an African American who has befriended members of the KKK
Meet with The Heritage Foundation about a conservative view on economic justice/poverty – Greenpeace who work on environmental issues – NORML who want to legalize marijuana– AIPAC and J-Street who both promote American and Israeli relations and working in the Middle East – Talk with protestors in front of the White House – Visit the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials and meet with some veterans – Explore the Smithsonian Museums, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Holocaust Museum – Walk through the Roosevelt, MLK and Lincoln Monuments – Reflect on this political experiment we call America and democracy at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial