Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 5 and 6

Tuesday was an amazing day. Definetely the best day of the trip so far. We left Montgomery at 7am and headed to Selma, Alabama. Once there we were given a bus tour led by Ms. Joanne Bland. She was so knowledgeable, entertaining, and interesting. We visited the Voting Rights Museum and the Ancient African Enslavement and Civil War Museum. The latter musuem was probably one of the most moving experiences of my life. The woman leading the tour was incredibly smart and knew how to tell the story of African Americans so that we could better understand what happened in the past and why things are the way they are currently. We ate lunch at Esse's Place and it was soooo delicious! Fried chicken, green beans, mac and cheese, and sweet tea. Doesn't get much better than that. Ms. Joanne also took us across the bridge in Selma so that we could envision exactly what the marchers on Bloody Sunday were walking towards. After picking up trash in a local park commerating those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement we went to a local school to do some more community service. We cleaned bathrooms, painted, organized, and did various other jobs that needed to be done. We were also given another amazing meal after completing our work. It was an all around great day.

Wednesday was bus day. We got on the bus at 7am and drove 5 hours to Gulfport, Mississippi. We stopped to get lunch and spend some time on the beach. Another 2 hours down the road we arrived in New Orleans! Once settled into the hotel everyone was free to do whatever they wanted. I choose to go to the Gumbo Shop for dinner (mmmm crabcakes) and explore Bourbon Street. It was fun to see the atmosphere that is characteristically New Orleans.

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