TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to changes)
Saturday, January 10 – depart S.J. for Memphis, TN. Tour Beale Street. Overnight Memphis.
Sunday, January 11 – AM Church services; PM visit to the National Civil Rights Museum; Depart 3pm for Jackson, Mississippi. Drive through the destitute towns Tunica, Tutwiler, Marks and Clarksdale along the Mississippi Delta. We’ll stop along the Tallahatchie River to reflect on Emmitt Till, who was killed by whites in August 1955. Arrive 10pm Jackson, MS. Overnight Jackson, MS. Four hour drive.
Monday, January 12 – Interview Ronnie Agnew, Executive Editor, Jackson Clarion Ledger. Agnew is the only African American editor at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi. Depart Jackson for Philadelphia, MS (Neshoba County) 87 miles (two hour drive) and view the area where the KKK killed the three civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who died registering black voters. Drive three hours to Selma, Alabama. Overnight Selma, AL.
Tuesday, January 13 – AM walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Meet and interview locals that were part of “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965. Walk a portion of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Trail. Visit the roadside memorial of Viola Liuzzo, a white housewife from Detroit, who had traveled to Alabama to fight for the rights of blacks to vote, and was shot and killed by the KKK on March 25, 1965. PM arrive in Montgomery and tour Southern Poverty Law Center and interview director Morris Dees, concerning the spike in Hate Crimes since the election. Evening two hour drive to Birmingham. Overnight Birmingham, AL.
Wednesday, January 14 – visit Birmingham Civil Rights District aka ground-zero for the Civil Rights Movement. The area includes the landmark 16th Street Baptist Church. The KKK bombed the church on Sunday morning, September 15, 1963 killing four girls. Interview with church pastor and members. Interview editors at Birmingham News. Overnight Birmingham, AL.
Thursday, January 15 – AM departure for Atlanta. Three hour drive. Early afternoon tour of Martin Luther Center. Interview Christine King Farris, sister of MLK, Jr. Meet with Morehouse (Dr. King’s Alma Mater) and Spelman College students. Overnight Atlanta, GA.
Friday, January 16 – AM Tour CNN headquarters and interviews with Hank Kilbanoff, managing editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and co-author of Race Beat, and Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor. Ms. Tucker won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for Commentary. PM departure for Greensboro, NC. Five hour drive. Overnight Greensboro, N.C.
Saturday, January 17 – AM tour of Historical Museum, site of Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins by four North Carolina A&T State University students. Interview
with local newspaper editors and visit NCA&T campus. Overnight Greensboro, N.C.
Sunday, January 18 – Church services and afternoon departure for Washington, D.C. Five hour drive. Overnight D.C/Virginia/Maryland area.
Monday, January 19 – tour Newseum and partake in pre-Inaugural activities. Conduct interviews. Overnight D.C/Virginia/Maryland area.
Tuesday, January 20 – AM assemble on the Mall for the Inauguration of Barack Obama
Wednesday, January 21 – AIR departure to San Jose, CA or late flight on January 20.