Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage
The UU College of Social Justice has teamed up with the UU Living Legacy Project to offer this special social justice pilgrimage for high school youths. This one-week experience will begin and end in Atlanta, Ga., and will take us to the key civil rights cities of Birmingham and Selma, Ala. As we explore a few of the most important sites of the civil rights movement, we’ll also meet some of the people who helped change the the United States in ways that still inspire our world today.
The Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage brings to life this essential part of American history — and helps us understand the ways that racism and barriers to equality still confront us today. In addition to visiting historic sites, we will study recent voter suppression efforts and learn how civil rights groups are taking a stand today. Through our partner the UU Living Legacy Project, veterans of the civil rights movement and talented musicians help us engage with the stories and music of the movement. As a spiritual as well as political pilgrimage, worship and contemplative practice are part of every day, as we we reflect on ways we can apply what we learn and make a difference in our world.
A “pilgrimage” is a journey to a place made sacred by what has transpired there. A pilgrimage can be spiritual, personal, political — or all three. We call our journey a “pilgrimage” because by traveling to places where so many people rose up to meet the call of justice, we expect to be inspired and changed personally, spiritually, and in our own calling toward justice.
Please join us for this unforgettable experience — you won’t regret it.
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This program is open to youth who attended high school during the 2012–2013 school year.
Cost: $975 per person. UUCSJ is dedicated to providing accessible and affordable opportunities through a tiered funding structure. Reduced pricing is available on request for young adults, fellowshipped ministers, religious education professionals, and seminarians. Groups of three or more participants from the same congregation are eligible for a five percent discount.
The mission of the Living Legacy Project is to reimagine social possibility in the world today by experiencing the depth of human spirit in the civil rights movement. The Living Legacy Project grew out of the Reverend Gordon Gibson’s and his wife Judy’s passion for sharing the story of the civil rights movement. Recognizing the importance of not only capturing this story, and our Unitarian Universalist role in it, but also of understanding what this story teaches us about the continued work that still needs to be done, the Reverend Hope Johnson, Janice Marie Johnson, and Annette Marquis formed a partnership with the Gibsons to establish the Living Legacy Project. In November of 2013, the founding members, along with singer/songwriter Reggie Harris, formed the Living Legacy Project Board, with a goal of developing long-range sustainability in service of its mission. The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is a regular seven-to-ten-day bus trip through the South to understand and learn from the civil rights journey. For more information, visit uulivinglegacy.org.
Rev. Hope Johnson is an active leader of the Unitarian Universalist movement and currently serves as minister of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, N.Y. Johnson is the continental good offices person (or “minister to ministers”) of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association and is serving her second consecutive term as an elected member of the board. She also serves the Unitarian Universalist Association as a consultant and trainer in matters related to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism.