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Fly down with your group and arrive in the Crescent City to begin your new adventure of culture and history. Your Global Works leaders will be eagerly awaiting your arrival at the Louis Armstrong Airport and will drive you back to your lodging. As you settle in, you’ll start to learn about what makes New Orleans so unique and important in our history. We’ll do orientation activities and get prepped for what the week ahead holds.
We’ll get a taste of the New Orleans flavor today in the French Quarter. Start the morning learning about the vast history of this southern city as we explore the city center. After taking in the unmatched local architecture and Nola flare, we’ll stop in for the world-famous beignets at Café Du Monde. In the afternoon, we’ll walk through the Tremé, a neighborhood that was established for free people of color, while learning about Mardi Gras Indians and the cultural epicenter of Congo Square.
After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was faced with an enormous challenge of recovery. Due to the community’s unwavering commitment to the city they love, New Orleans continues to persevere in mending itself, and we will have the opportunity to join this effort. Our projects will dive into continuing recovery efforts, while getting to know local community members. After that, we head over to the Whitney Plantation, where we’ll learn about the complex history of southern plantations. Take a somber step back to the days of slavery, an important perspective to gain as we continue our conversation on Civil Rights.
We depart New Orleans and head towards Alabama! En route, we stop in Selma to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, while reflecting on the powerful stand people made there back in 1965. We then drive the route of the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Upon arrival, we visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Civil Rights Memorial. Later, we explore more of Montgomery and settle into our hotel.
We spend these days visiting landmark civil rights sites. Must-sees there include the National Memorial For Peace and Justice; Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church; and the Rosa Parks Museum. We delve into discussions about how this history is still relevant in today’s world. After taking time to reflect upon our experience, we head out for a final celebratory dinner.
Pack up and depart this impactful city. Though it’s sad to leave, you’ll have gained new perspective on the Civil Rights Movement with many new tales to tell of the people and culture that made your experience memorable!
Note: You can add Memphis on as an additional destination!