In Burmingham they love the guv'ner...

Trip Start Apr 20, 2011
Trip End Apr 25, 2011

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Drury Inn

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

RACHEL: Today we woke up early to go to Birmingham, Alabama. There, we
saw the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park, a very
emotional civil rights location. We went to a soul food place for
lunch, but they didn't have fried catfish or fried chicken, which I
wanted to try really badly, plus the sweet tea tasted like sugar water!
While eating, there was an Easter egg hunt and lots of little kids were
running around with their parents We then went to the Civil Rights
Museum across the street, and that was very inspirational. Now Eliot
will talk about stay in Montgomery.

Eliot: Montgomery is recognized by most as one of the most pivotal
places in the fight for civil rights. It contains multiple incredibly
important places in where individuals stood up for their individual
rights. One of this amazing people was Ms. Rosa Parks. She was, of
course, the woman who refused to leave her seat on the bus when she was
asked to leave. I was surprised most at the short distance that she
traveled on the bus before being kicked off. It was a mere two stops, about 150-200 yards. It was also amazingly cool to see the precise spot where Civil rights basically began. In addition, to go to the capitol building, the spot where the governor of Alabama said "segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." It was incredible to see how much has changed in 40 years, and really made me appreciate the life I have where I am free to befriend anyone I like without being judged. Thank you Rosa Parks. Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you Shuttlesworth, and Abernathy, and everyone. You guys rock.

STEFF: We basically went to the heart and soul of where the civil rights movement originally started, and to think that like 50 or 60 years ago, this whole entire place was completely segregated.  Mr. Sturgill talked about how we didn't realize that if it weren't for the courageousness and perserverence of the people in the civil rights movement, we wouldn't be able to go on this trip together as a class, like we would have to be separated.  It just made me super grateful for all of the freedoms that I have, and thankful for those people who gave up their lives for other people to have freedoms that they didn't have.  My favorite moment today was when the whole class had one hand on the monument with the water because I felt that was the one time where everyone in the class really thought about the importance of this trip.  That's it, so hopefully New Orleans is going to be just as great!

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