The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is back!

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It’s been thirty long months, two and a half years, since we’ve been able to do the thing that we love the most, leading pilgrimages to the places where history was made during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. And now, pilgrimages are back! This fall, we’ll be leading two pilgrimages for people who are ready to leave their computer screens (for a while, anyway) and travel with us (see details online).

We loved the virtual programming we offered during the early days of the pandemic. We loved how many of you re-connected with us from your living rooms, kitchen tables, and home offices. And we especially loved how many of you found us for the first time in a virtual format.

We’re not abandoning our virtual programming. In fact, we know it will always be an important way for us to reach people who share in our vision and want to learn more. But we have to admit, we are so excited to be back on the bus!

Whether or not you can come with us this fall, we ask that you please spread the word to your family, your congregation, your activist networks, your social media friends, and anyone who you think might need some spiritual/emotional renewal about now. It’s one of the things a Living Legacy Pilgrimage does best!

October 19-23, 2022

Mississippi Living Legacy Pilgrimage



Did you know that the Mississippi murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, roused the resistance into a Movement—that is, the American Civil Rights Movement?

Understanding what is happening in our world today means taking the time to learn our history, so we can more effectively work against 21st century racism. How else can we move to an equitable future?

Join the Living Legacy Project on a 5-day pilgrimage to learn Mississippi’s Civil Rights Movement history.

When: October 19 through 23, 2022

Where: Starts and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

Our itinerary

On this Mississippi-based Pilgrimage, we will gather in Memphis, Tennessee, and then travel to Jackson. From Jackson, we’ll take day trips and return to Jackson each night. On the final day, we’ll travel back to Memphis for your trip home.

On this Pilgrimage, you will:

  • Tour the powerful National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel at the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
  • Travel south through the Mississippi Delta to honor the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, whose attempts to desegregate the Mississippi Democratic Party and ultimately the national Democratic Party shook the foundation of politics from coast to coast.
  • Acquire a deep understanding of the brutal 1955 murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, a case that continues to astound with new revelations. It’s never too late for justice.
  • Explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson to learn the story of Freedom Summer and the massive mobilization of Black voters in that state.
  • Engage in deep conversations with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, including Hezekiah Watkins, who, as a young boy, was arrested and put on death row at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi, just for being curious about the Freedom Riders.
  • Meet the incredible family of Vernon Dahmer, murdered by the Klan in 1966 in retaliation for his voting rights work near Hattiesburg.
  • Visit a restored Rosenwald School, a symbol of the decades of work that preceded the 1950s and 60s.
  • Hear how a small, rural church outside Philadelphia, MS, experienced the terror of the KKK one night in 1964. Learn about three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who came to investigate the beatings and arson and were subsequently found murdered.
  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of today’s ongoing fight for racial equality and voting rights.

Join this Pilgrimage and invite your family and friends to accompany you.

Registration is open now and is capped at 40 participants. Reserve your seat on the bus today!

You’ll find information about registration, fees, cancellation policy, scholarship information, travel insurance, transportation, our participant agreement, and more on our website: 2022 Mississippi Living Legacy Pilgrimage.

Register by July 31 to ensure your seat and save $100 off regular registration rates!

Learn More and Register

November 14-18, 2022 for a special Pilgrimage

The Jewish Experience in the Civil Rights Movement

From early support of the NAACP and Urban League to involvement in voter registration drives, Mississippi Freedom Summer, sit-ins, protests, and legal-system challenges, Jewish people played a prominent role in securing the rights of African Americans in the South. In Philadelphia, Mississippi, the Ku Klux Klan murdered two young Jewish men, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, along with local African American activist James Chaney, who were working together to secure voting rights for the people of that state.

In this special five-day pilgrimage, we’ll visit important sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and Mississippi. We’ll talk with Jewish leaders about the history of Jewish involvement in the fight for civil rights, we’ll meet with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, and we’ll hear how the struggle continues today. People of all faiths are invited to participate.

When: November 14-18, 2022

Where: Starts and ends in Birmingham, AL

Registration Will Open Soon

Keep the stories alive

The Living Legacy Project depends on your support to keep the stories of the Civil Rights Movement alive. We will put your contributions to work immediately to lift up the stories of people who gave everything to secure civil rights for all people. If we want justice and peace for future generations, these stories cannot be forgotten. We appreciate a one-time gift and invite you to consider a monthly recurring gift to help provide ongoing support of our mission.

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