2013 Freedom Tour

Date: Feb 12th 2013  |  News

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! This year, we will be traveling from June 20-July 4, 2013 beginning in Meridian, Mississippi joining Diane Nash and others in commemorating the lynching of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney in 1964. The bus will then head to Atlanta, GA to join the King Center for their five day nonviolence training. Then we travel to Alabama visiting Selma, Montgomery, and Lowndes Country. Lastly to Koinonia Farm founded by Clarence Jordan in 1942 for a few days of history learning and farming.  It 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.

Last chance to apply! Download application here. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis with preference given to those who apply by January 31.

If you have any questions, call 313-923-7332 or email

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 associations support one student on this trip? 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.

Upcoming Events Related to the Freedom Tour

Arts and Hearts

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at 6pm

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery

33 E. Adams, Detroit, MI

Please join MCHR for a very special Arts and Hearts event in support of the 2013 Freedom Tour.  Following a wine and cheese reception from 6 – 7 PM along with an opportunity to view SIP’s latest exhibit, Windows and Mirrors, MCHR will host a screening of the acclaimed documentary, Soundtrack for a Revolution (see description below) and offer a brief update on Freedom Tour 2013. MCHR is asking for a donation of $20; all proceeds will be designated to Freedom Tour 2013.

Soundtrack for a Revolution: The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music — the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. A unique mix of historical documentary and contemporary musical performance, the film features new performances by top artists including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Andrew Young and dozens more.