Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The 4th day

After a boring day in hotel, we started our trip again. We drove from Birmingham to Montgomery. At first, we went to Civil Right Memorial Center. There are two monuments in front of the museum. One of the monuments has forty people’s names. These people were killed during the struggle of civil right movements. And the other one is carved Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. These two monuments are covered with water. Just like what Dr. King said. There was a interesting thing before we entered the museum. We were asked for securities. It was the first time that I was asked for security before I entered the museum. Then a staff told us the reason. Because this museum is often hit by Ku Klux Klan. After I entered the museum, the first part is civil right movement timeline. This timeline is about ordinary people using nonviolence to change a nation. Then the second part is Civil Right Memorial Center. This part is about honoring 40individuals killed during the struggle of civil right movements. And the third part is The March Continues. It talks about the Civil Right Movement during 1950s and 60s’ continue to inspire those who seek justice today. The last part is Wall of Tolerance. It is my favorite part of the museum. People can add their names to the Wall. It is very interesting.

Then we went to the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist church. It is a beautiful church. Dr. King was the church’s poster from 1954 to 1960.

After lunch we drove to Selma. A native woman was our tour guild. Her name is Jonna. She is an outgoing and humor woman. She introduced herself that she had joined the movement when she was young. She shared a lot of stories about Bloody Sunday. She also let us went through the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The old black woman supported us a free meal, but we must helped them clean the preschool. After we finished the work, the old black woman continued sharing her story with us. We so moved her stories. Then we went to the Hotel. What a nice day.

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