11 Students 5 Adults 4,200 Miles 3 Flights 7 Cities
Birmingham to Selma to Montgomery, Alabama
Day 3 began early with a two-hour drive Birmingham, Alabama for a 3-hour tour. Our knowledge tour guide Clay, led us around to the city to tell the story of Birmingham’s civil rights movement. We were captivated by the history of this city and by Christian leader Fred Shuttlesworth who fought valiantly and sacrificially to end segregation in Birmingham. The history we learned were powerful, inspirational and sobering.
We continued to learn more about present-day Birmingham through the work of REV Birmingham. David, president and CEO, met with us to show REV’s work to make Birmingham a vibrant city by creating industry and community development. We started to ask questions about how to support community development in Denver.
Following David we heard from Janice Kelsey. She is the mother of Brandon, pastor at Embassy Church in Denver. She has been an activist her whole life and she took us through her experience as a teenager protesting for civil rights in Birmingham during the Children’s Crusade.
We ended the day in Selma as we walked the Edmund Pettus bridge and reflected on the violence and struggle that occurred there on March 1965 for the right to vote. As we walked silently across the bridge we reflected on the courage and perseverance of the incredible faith leaders we’ve learned about and met.
Touring historic sites connected to Birmingham’s civil rights movement