Join us on a journey through history
Last September, WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington took 21 funders and other civic leaders on a Civil Rights Learning Journey to the South. The trip was such a success that we are returning this Spring!
This is an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of the movement for racial equity and justice. Over the course of 3.5 days, we will visit major museums, houses of worship that played significant roles in the activism of the 1960s, and sites of key protests. We will meet individuals who were leaders on the ground in the 1960s and those who are pushing for change today.
Learning Journey Guide: Roscoe Jones, Sr.
As a 17-year-old student in the Jim Crow South, Mr. Jones attended the Freedom School in Meridian, MS, where he was a student leader. He served as the President of the Youth Chapter of the NAACP, served as the Co-Chair of the state-wide Freedom Summer Youth Convention, and participated in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. During Freedom Summer, Mr. Jones worked closely on voter registration efforts with slain activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman. A year later, Mr. Jones was in Selma, Alabama for Bloody Sunday. Mr. Jones will be with us throughout the trip.
Key Historic Sites
We'll visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Southern Poverty Law Center, the Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum & National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Medgar Evers' s family home, the 16th Street Baptist Church, and much, much more. Click here to learn more.
Throughout our journey, we'll hear from individuals who were leaders on the ground in the 1960s and those who are pushing for change today, including:
• Terri Lee Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel + former CEO, Greater Washington Community Foundation
• Commissioner Tami Sawyer, Shelby County (TN) Board of Commissioners and founder of #TakeEmDown901, a movement to remove Memphis's Confederate statues
• Former Congressman Mike Espy, 2018 candidate for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi
• Grassroots activists who supported Doug Jones's 2018 campaign for the U.S. Senate from Alabama
Cost: $3,500/per person
Included: All site fees; speaker honoraria; single-occupancy hotel room each night; most meals; transportation to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport; guided tour by Roscoe Jones, Sr.
Not included: Airfare to Memphis & from Birmingham; transportation from Memphis International Airport
Eligibility: This trip is open to all WRAG and LGW members; however, space is limited!
Payment Deadline: March 15. Email Rebekah Seder, seder(at)washingtongrantmakers.org to register.