Invitation to a Civil Rights Tour

October 26–November 2, 2024

Fifteen Plymouth Church members will have the opportunity to go on a Civil Rights Tour, a trip that will take participants to multiple sites that were key to the Civil Rights Movement and the people who fought so hard for equity and justice. Mark and Leslie Swiggum will lead the trip, something they have done multiple times in the past—with rave reviews from those who have joined them, a number of whom are Plymouth members.

Sites on the trip include the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Equal Justice Museum, the Lorraine Motel, and many others. This will be more than an informational trip. There will be time for conversations with civil rights veterans and deep reflection on what all of this means for us now. We will build relationships and expand our vision of both our history and our future.

The trip is filling up fast, but there are still openings. If you are interested, please contact Karen Barstad or Shirley Rutherford for more details. An orientation meeting will be held later in June, and deposits will be requested shortly thereafter to secure the slots.

While the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 60s seems long ago, its lessons hold true for today. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to experience those lessons firsthand as we strive to create a more just and loving world.