“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”
― Pearl Buck
Museum Without Walls is committed to telling remarkable stories. We offer eyewitness programs for several extraordinary movements and moments in history. Being part of a MWW program is more than learning about these trying times in our history, it’s about living the history through personal stories. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said that when an eyewitness to history dies it is like an entire library burning down. We couldn’t have said it any better.
We believe lessons in history can be told in many different ways. We also believe personal testimony is one of the most powerful ways to share these stories.
Civil Rights Trip – History, Justice and Freedom
July 28 – August 4, 2018
Explore powerful stories of the past and the present with a transformative trip through Georgia and Alabama. Worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church against the backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s early days. Follow in the footsteps of Rosa Parks as she put her non-violent training in action at the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Hear from the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Anniston and Selma. In Montgomery, the past informs our present as we look into the issues highlighted in Bryan Stevenson’s ‘Just Mercy’. Stevenson’s book lays out his work on the behalf of the wrongly incarcerated, inmates on death row without fair trial, children tried as adults and others caught in the cruel world of our judicial system . We’ll visit with those working towards social justice, at his organization, the Equal Justice Initiative and contemplate how our history has grown into a world still fractured by racism.
July 28th Depart from Seattle for Atlanta. Arrive early afternoon. Check-in to the hotel (Embassy Suites Centennial Park). Dinner (included)
July 29th Atlanta, GA -Worship at Ebeneezer Baptist Church then visit King Center (Dr. King’s birthplace, historic Ebeneezer church, King Center with memorial and burial spot) Brunch (included), Atlanta Civil Rights Museum. Dinner on own
July 30th Birmingham/Montgomery, AL.- Visit Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram park. Sack lunch (included). Head to Montgomery. Rosa Parks Museum (Hampton Inn Downtown) Dinner on own, evening discussion.
July 31st Selma/Montgomery, AL – Voting Rights Museum and the Edmund Pettus bridge. Bloody Sunday Speaker. Sack lunch (included), Southern Poverty Law Center
Dinner on own, evening discussion
August 1st Montgomery, AL – Dexter Ave church (Dr. King’s church during the Montgomery Bus Boycott) and parsonage tour, Lunch on own, Freedom Riders museum with speaker
Dinner on own
August 2nd. Montgomery, AL- Meet with EJI (Equal Justice Initiative) in morning. Lunch on own, afternoon tour of The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.
Dinner on own, evening discussion
August 3rd Montgomery, AL – National Memorial for Peace and Justice morning visit , balance of day free with evening discussion and dinner (included)
August 4th Montgomery, AL/Atlanta, GA – Drive back to Atlanta and return to Seattle
Total cost for double occupancy is $2550. Includes airfare, transportation, all breakfasts, all program costs, one brunch, two lunches and two dinners. If you have more than 2 people in your party, please contact us.
There is a possibility for a babysitter if families with young children would like to travel. Please contact us.
“Fear and anger are a threat to justice. They can infect a community, a state, or a nation, and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.”
― Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Central District Oral History Project June 2018
This trip will be for students in grades 8 – 12.
Please check back in early 2018 for more information and registration.
Ireland/Northern Ireland 2019
This trip will be for high school students in grades 9 – 12.
Please check back in April 2018 for information and registration.
This trip will be for educators and for high school students in grades 9 – 12.
Please check in September 2018 for information and registration.
View a sample list of our past programs.