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Civil Rights tour to include Selma

A six-day seminar that gives residents a glimpse into the history Alabama has to offer will be making a stop in Selma.

Lifetime Learning, a program of Alumni & Parent Engagement, is hosting their 2014 Civil Rights South Seminar May 10-16. Hosted by American Civil Rights Movement leader Julian Bond, the seminar will begin in Atlanta and conclude in Montgomery with stops in Birmingham, Selma and Monroeville.

“It’s such a rich history that many have read about simply in books, read about a long time ago in school,” Lifetime Learning and Alumni and Parent Engagement director Althea Brooks said. “This is a way of truly feeling it as well as seeing lots of it and reflecting on that memory.”

Participants will get the opportunity to visit historical landmarks, speak with people directly involved in the civil rights movement, visit museums, historical churches and enjoy fabulous food, Brooks said. On this years’ tour, people will have the chance to hear stories from leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center, visit the 16th Street Baptist Church, meet former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones and watch Monroeville Player as they act out the courtroom scene from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

It costs $3,195 per person for the double occupancy, land only and $3,690 per person for single occupancy, land only. Hotel accommodations meals and admission to all official seminar sites are included with those costs.

Registration forms can be found at www.virgina.edu/lifetimelearning/.

Bond said the group won’t be able to explore every portion of the civil rights movement in a 6-day tour, but they plan to give insights that are unique to the 2014 Civil Rights South Seminar.

“This is a real introduction to the outline of the civil rights movement,” Bond said. “It gives you insights that I don’t believe you can get on another tour.”

Brooks said the feedback from past seminars has been great. Several have learned plenty of new information while experiencing the seminar, often times taking notes during it.

“We have received great feedback from past participants that the seminar is life changing in so many ways and it has opened their eyes to the struggles that they never really understood before,” Brooks said.

Brooks said that seminar not only gives participants a chance to view the historical landmarks, but also an opportunity to feel history.

She said that several participants have cried while stories explaining the history of the sites were told.

For more information about the Civil Rights South Seminar, visit www.virgina.edu/lifetimelearning/ or call (434) 243-2379.