Just a quick mention about the day we went to the Ebenezer Baptist Church service. Outside, there was a statue of Kunta Kinte holding Kizzy to the sky, just like in Roots. Later, in the service they welcomed a baby into the fold, and repeated the same action.
Montgomery also covered the Greyhound Bus station where the Freedom Riders were beaten. There are beginning to make the building into a museum and had some nice plaques depicting the general events and small biographies of the Riders. We also passed by the central fountain which was right down the street from the Capitol Dome. This used to be the Slave Auction Block, and they erected a fountain over it. During our visit, the water was pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Future advice: Don't tour on Mondays. Many churches and some museums are closed.
Birmingham: We visited the outside of the church where the four girls were killed in a bombing, Kelly Ingram Park across the street, and then a museum that was put together very well. It depicted a bit of the life during mandatory segregation, as well as some of the most painful aspects of the movement. By the end, I was bawling. The Park itself is a site where a lot of pain occurred to citizens, such as assaults from fire hoses and police dogs. Statutes have been erected for visual depictions. Later, we went to a wonderful lecture by I believe a U of A professor about the beginnings of Birmingham in general. It was formed in 1871 and was quite similar to the boom towns of the West. This makes it a bit more unique as immigrants built it along with ex-slaves. It also developed around capitalism from the start, which was rare for the South. There is a lot more info than I will include here, but I'll keep it short.