Students from the Lindley 6th Grade Academy recently traveled from Atlanta to Alabama and back for the Civil Rights Heritage Tour. Originating in Atlanta and touring through several Alabama cities, the tour takes retraces the steps of the civil rights movement in the South. Lindley won an $800 grant from Target Field Trips to help fund the excursion.
On March 7, the students journeyed through Birmingham, Marion, Selma, Whitehall, Montgomery and Tuskegee, visiting key historical sites and learning about the impact of the battle for civil rights. Key landmarks include the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served when he coordinated the bus boycott, and the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
Students got to discuss these places and events with people who were taking part in the struggle, including those who worked with Dr. King and participated in marches and protests.