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Tentative Schedule

Program of Study and Workshops

Dates are scheduled June 25-30, 2023 OR July 9-14, 2023.

The workshops will be offered over a 7-day period (one week). Both sessions are designed to give teachers a deeper understanding of a geographically and chronologically expansive definition of the American civil rights movement through explorations of place and landscape, access to primary source materials, and workshops for strategies on place-based learning about race and inequality. 

**Please make sure you are letting us know about your arrival and departures**

We have arranged for early arrivals on Saturday evening at the Montgomery Airport with Shuttle Transportation and check-in to the Selma University Dorms. 

Sunday June 25, July 9

Welcome Session

Tentative Schedule

  • 12 PM Check-in opens at Selma University

  • 12 - 4 PM Dinkins Hall, Selma University

  • Room assignments, tours of Selma University,

  • 5 - 7 PM Dinner provided

  • Orientation and introductions 

  • Opening talk with Dr. Bertis English, Alabama State University, on "The Roots of the Black Belt Freedom Struggle"

  • 8 PM Shuttle run to Walmart 

Monday - June 26, July 10

Tour of Marion, Alabama

Tentative Schedule

  • Overview of Day - Bus tour to Marion, Alabama. Sites include Zion Methodist, Lincoln School, Old Perry County Jail, Mack's Diner site, Jimmie Lee Jackson gravesite, Culture Guild.

  • 8 AM buses depart from Selma University

  • 9 AM Group arrives at courthouse square in Marion for a tour of local civil rights sites

  • 12 to 1:30 PM Lunch (on your own with locations in Marion - recommendations and shuttle to be provided)

  • 1:30 to 4 PM Oral History Interviews on civil rights by Drs. Hebert and Gaddis; and afternoon conversation with local leaders and preservationists at Lincoln School

  • TBD 5 - 8 PM Shuttles to Walmart

Tuesday - June 27, July 11

Walking Tour of Selma, Alabama

Tentative Schedule

  • Overview of Day - Walking tour and landscape ethnography of Selma. Sites include Hudson HS, Clarke Elementary, George Washington Carver Housing, African American History Museum, Concordia College, Selma University, Selma Brick Factory, Edistone Hotel, Water Street locations

  • 830 - 930 - Meeting with NEH Director (June)

  • 830 AM Meet at Selma University Library 

  • 930 AM to 12 PM

    • Lesson - Landscape as History ​- Dr. Gaddis

    • Explore Selma and complete field notes and ethnography ​

  • 1230 PM Reflective writing time

  • Lunch on your own in Selma (recommendations to be provided)

  • 2 - 4 PM Master Teacher meeting

  • Dinner on your own

  • TBD 5 - 8 PM Shuttles to Walmart

Wednesday - June 28, July 12 

The Selma Conflict Sites

Tentative Schedule

  • Overview of Day - Tour of Brown Chapel AME Church, Edmund Pettus Bridge, and other Bloody Sunday sites of conflict

  • 8 AM Meet at Selma University for trip to Bloody Sunday conflict site

    • ​This will be a walking tour but we will also have shuttles available​​

  • 8:30 - 9:30 AM Tour of Selma and conflict site

  • 10 - 11:30 AM Overview of research project by Dr. Richard Burt on Bloody conflict site

  • 11:30 AM - 1 PM Lunch Break (participants on their own)

  • 1 PM - Meet back at Selma University Library for Group Oral History Sessions with civil rights figures

  • 530 PM Catered dinner, Selma University Dining Hall

  • 8 PM Shuttle run to Walmart

Thursday - June 29, July 13

Tour from Selma to Montgomery

Tentative Schedule

  • Overview of Day - Bus tour from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama to follow the original marchers walk. Visit campsite, Marcher campsites, Viola Liuzzo Memorial, Lowdnes Interpretative Center, City of Saint Jude

  • 8:30 AM - 3 PM (box lunch provided)

  • 3:30 Journaling Activity

  • Dinner on your own

    • Make lodging reservation in downtown Montgomery (please see Travel/Lodging page for recommendations)

    • Drop off in Montgomery at Union Station (walk to downtown hotels)

Friday - June 30, July 14

Tour of Montgomery, Alabama

Tentative Schedule - TBD

  • Overview - Tour of Capital, Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Freedom Riders Museum, and other sites in Montgomery, Alabama

  • Morning sessions only

    • Discussions on Trauma-informed Pedagogy led by Dr. Ashley Brown

    • EJI Seminar/Discussion with representative

    • Reflect and engage with the historic sites in Montgomery

    • Released from the workshop to complete tours or travel to the airport

  • Participants may wish to stay the night in Montgomery (please see Travel/Lodging page for recommendations); shuttle to Montgomery Airport provided

  • Optional dinner gathering for those who stay until Saturday

Saturday - July1, July 15

Tour of Montgomery, Alabama

Tentative Schedule - TBD

  • No sessions

  • Shuttle rides to Montgomery airport only

  • Please register travel plans with Directors in order to schedule shuttles

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