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Metro Brief: County’s Office of Human Rights co-sponsors civil rights historic bus tour

Montgomery County

On January 18, 2015

There is still time to sign up for the annual civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights heroes.

The tour is hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The tour will travel to Greensboro, NC; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee, AL; Cincinnati, OH and Memphis, TN, on  April 6 and return April 11.

“Following provocative and critical acclaim of ‘Selma,’ a major motion picture released January 9, this tour offers participants an opportunity to visit the city of Selma, AL, and re-live the historical right to vote march led by Dr. King in 1965,” said OHR Director James Stowe. “This educational and inspiring tour travels south to learn about, not only Martin Luther King Jr., but also Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, voters’ rights and other significant events of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Highlights on the tour include the birth home museum of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the new National Center for Civil and Human rights; the Tuskegee Airfield and National Museum; the International Civil Rights Center and Museum; the Rosa Parks Museum; the Freedom Rides Museum; the National Voting Rights Museum; the famed Sixteenth Street Baptist Church; the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and the Lorraine Hotel National Civil Rights Museum.

The cost of the six-day bus tour for a group of four is $545 per person including hotel, transportation, some meals and snacks and all museum/tour fees. For smaller groups, the fee is slightly higher. All tour costs are paid for by participants’ fees.

A pre-tour meeting will be held about one week prior to the tour in the Office of Human Rights Conference and Mediation Center, Suite 330, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville. At least one member of each group is required to attend this meeting. A deposit for half the tour fee is due as soon as possible.

Interested individuals and groups should contact Beverly Marshall in the Office of Human Rights at Beverly.marshall@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-8479.

For more information about the tour, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights.

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