US Civil Rights: On the Road to Freedom

Jackson, Little Rock, Memphis, Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery

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Travel with André Robert Lee as we visit the iconic sites of the civil-rights movement, meet with people who were a part of history, and immerse ourselves in the courage and perseverance that continue to inspire today’s fight for justice and equality.


The civil-rights movement is one of the most significant chapters in our country’s history. As 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is a time for our nation to reflect upon how far we’ve come and how much remains to be accomplished. While we confront increasingly racialized violence, emboldened white nationalists, and a morally bankrupt president, we can look back to the victories of the past and to the hundreds of thousands of brave Americans who fueled this history-altering movement, fighting—and too often dying—for the cause of equality.

For those working toward social justice today, there are great lessons to be learned from the civil-rights movement, in which a profound demonstration of commitment and courage succeeded against all odds. In the words of Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.


  • Meet with senior staff at the Equal Justice Initiative’s headquarters in Montgomery to learn more about the organization’s work, and visit the newly opened Legacy Museum and National Civil Rights Memorial to Peace and Justice, the nation’s first memorial commemorating the victims of lynching in the US.
  • Travel to Birmingham and visit the 16th Street Baptist Church, where a bomb killed four young African-American girls as they prepared to sing in their choir on September 15, 1963. Meet with Dr. Rev. Carolyn McKinstry who was inside the church when the bomb exploded.
  • Stand at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and tour the 54-mile Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, following the marchers’ route that helped change American history.
  • Visit the recently opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.
  • Explore the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
  • Tour the Medgar Evers Home Museum with curator Minnie White Watson, where Evers was murdered in 1963, his blood still staining the concrete driveway.
  • Enjoy a private performance by blues legend Jesse Robinson, a guitarist and singer who has played and worked with many well-known blues musicians including B.B. King.

Your host for the trip will be André Robert Lee, a teacher, producer, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker who has led multiple civil-rights tours of the American South over the past several years. He directed and produced The Prep School Negro and has visited over 350 high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences with his film-based workshop. His most recent work includes a film about how junior- and senior- high-school students are responding to the 2016 presidential election, and a documentary about incarcerated youth who create art to fight recidivism in Richmond, Virginia.

Read a traveler’s first-hand account of this tour here.

See the itinerary for complete details. Questions? Contact us via the form at the bottom of this page or call us at 212-209-5401.




*Our travelers’ safety is paramount and if a trip cannot be operated after this date you will have the option of transferring all monies to the next scheduled departure OR receive a full refund minus a $750 credit that can be applied towards a trip in the next 24 months from the original date of departure. See individual tour terms for complete details.

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September 26 - October 3, 2021


From $4,340