11 Students 5 Adults 4,200 Miles 3 Flights 7 Cities
Montgomery, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia
Day 4 began in Montgomery with a lively tour of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church, of which he was the pastor starting at the age of 25. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is a lively congregation still today and houses Dr. King’s pulpit and office space that he used. Our tour guide Wanda was inspirational, she herself took part in the civil right movement in Montgomery. As we stood in the sanctuary of Dexter Avenue Baptist she invited us to hold hands and sing together, “We Shall Overcome,” another transformational moment as we stood in the church of Dr. King.
We next toured the recently opened Legacy Museum created by the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. This museum focuses on the history and present-day reality of African-Americans from slavery to mass incarceration. The museum provided a sobering reminder of what our speaker the previous day, Janice Kelsey said as she spoke of why she continues to share her fight for civil rights. She said, “If you don’t know you’re history, you’re likely to repeat it.” The Legacy Museum pointed us to the reality that racial injustice and oppressive systems still exist today and we must follow God’s call to change this reality.
Following our tour at the Legacy Museum we drove back to Atlanta where, thanks to Sandy Lee’s connections, we surprised the apprentices with a dinner at Reach Records, co-owned by the artist Lecrae and Ben Washer. Tedashii, a Reach Records artist, also joined us as he made time to speak with the group after recording. Ben took us on a tour of the studio and shared his journey of starting and co-managing a label that specializes in Christian hip-hop. Ben even invited Nikki to record a song, which she did and we were all completely blown away by her singing abilities. We were grateful for the evening with the Reach Record team.