Over twenty years ago, MCHR organized four historic Freedom Tours for metro-Detroit high school students. We are proud to announce that it is happening again!

We will be traveling from June 19 to June 29 2016 to visit historical sites in the civil rights struggle and meet with people who lived, made, and are still making, history.

The Freedom Tour will be an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the civil rights movement; to learn the history, to study and embody nonviolence, to build community and to engage the learning back here in Michigan.

It is the goal of MCHR to reach out to youth in the local community as we build up to this Tour. We will be hosting town hall meetings in the tri-counties- one in Detroit, one in Warren, and one in Pontiac- to engage youth with local activist artists. At these three events we will introduce the youth to the Freedom Tour and to MCHR. It is our ultimate goal to began to build a local grassroots youth movement in these communities, recruit youth to go on the Freedom Tour, and get input from youth to help steer the outcomes and aftermath of this Freedom Tour. More info on these three town hall events will be posted in the near future.

Our tentative itinerary for the 2016 Freedom Tour is as follows:

The first two days of the trip we will be in Georgia. Our bus will travel first to Atlanta for a one-day core study of Kingian nonviolence at the King Center. We will also visit the Welcome Center and the Historic Black College Education Center. The following day, we will visit MLK’s birth home and neighborhood, and the Ebenezer Church and bookstore.

The bus will then depart for Alabama. In Montgomery, we will visit the Rosa Parks Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance, Dexter Ave. Church, the MLK Parsonage, and the Freedom Ride Museum.

The next day, we will visit Lowndes County, where we will go to the Liuzzo Memorial, the Interpretive Center, and the Freedom House Jail. That same day we will visit the Voting Rights Museum, the Park Memorial, and the Slavery Museum. We will go on a Neighborhood Walk and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The tour will then visit the Interpretive Center.

The next day, we will arrive in Mississippi and visit Meridian and Philadelphia. We will also visit a Choctaw Native-American reservation. The following day we will depart for Jackson, where we will see Tougaloo College, the Arab Museum, and the Medgar Evers House.

Following that, we will depart for Tennessee where we will arrive in Memphis. In Memphis, we will see the Museum/Lorraine Hotel, the Mason Temple, and the Beale Street music area. We’ll spend the following two days in Henning, at Alex Haley’s birth home.

The following day, we will arrive home in Detroit.

 

Download student and mentor applications:

Download the 2016 Student Application.

Student applications are due on January 11 and can be mailed to MCHR (9200 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48213).

Download the 2016 Mentor Application.

Mentor applications are due on December 30 and can also be mailed to MCHR.

If you have any questions, call 313-579-9071 or email 2016freedomtour@gmail.com.

Support the Trip

Support the trip by making a donation to MCHR. It will cost MCHR at least $1,500 per student and we are committed to making it affordable for all students who want to participate.

Can your church, school, or neighborhood association support one student on this trip? Sponsoring a youth is a great way to invest in that youth’s future, plant the seeds of peaceful revolution, and give back to your community.

Download the 2016 Freedom Tour sponsor form

You can write checks to MCHR, designating them to the Freedom Tour in the memo line, and mail them to 9200 Gratiot, Detroit MI, 48213 or call 313-579-9071 for more information.

You can also donate online, through MCHR’s Paypal! Just include Freedom Tour in the description.

We are so excited to embark on this life-changing journey with all of you!