Hope, History & Healing Educational Journey


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A Tour of Birmingham and Montgomery Alabama
Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1, 2022

From Rosa Parks’ 1955 refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery bus to the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, Alabama was at the heart of the mid-century civil rights struggle  — an era of triumph and tragedy that redefined our nation. Jews played a key role in that battle, standing alongside iconic civil rights leaders and mobilizing political influence to pass what eventually became the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As we journey through Alabama, we will learn how Jews were involved in the struggle for Civil Rights and how, as a people who have known oppression, we must care and act when others are oppressed.


Please contact Mindy Haas, Executive Director, at mindy@jewishlexington.org for more information.

Registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to attend.

About Our Journey

MONTGOMERY: We will begin our journey by hearing about two historical events, the Leo Frank lynching and the Temple bombing in Atlanta that shaped the Southern Jewish identity. These events help explain why Southern Jews were and were not involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Next, we’ll stand where the Civil Rights movement began, at the  ROSA PARKS MUSEUM, then head to the EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES LEGACY MUSEUM  AND LYNCHING MEMORIAL, to explore the evolution of racial oppression from slavery to  mass incarceration.  

BIRMINGHAM: Birmingham’s Civil Rights District is home to KELLY INGRAM PARK, where peaceful activists came together in protest in the 1960s, only to be met with aggression.  After a visit to the park, we’ll head to the nearby 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, which served as an organizational headquarters for nonviolent advocacy, and was the site of a 1963 church bombing, part of a string of more than 45 bombings within the decade.  Interactive exhibits will then guide us through the BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE as we learn about what life was like for the city in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 

Journey Guides 

Chester and Ann Grundy, our Journey guides, will be guiding the trip and providing educational enrichment opportunities as we travel to Alabama. They will present videos, mini lectures and other educational presentations during our travels.  

Chester is a civil rights activist and former Director of the Office of African American Student Affairs and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Center at the University of Kentucky. 

Ann Grew up in Birmingham and has first-hand experience during this place in time.

In 2017 and 2019 they coordinated a trip to Montgomery and Birmingham Alabama hosted by the UK Alumni Association and the Lyman T. Johnson African American UK Alumni Constituent Group, in partnership with the UK Office of Lifelong Learning.  

Costs and Registration Information

Total cost for the trip is $650 per person and includes:

  • Round-trip bus transportation
  • 4 nights of double occupancy hotel rooms*
  • 4 hot breakfasts in the hotels
  • 5 lunches
  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Admission fees to all sites/museums

*If you request a room with single occupancy an additional $300 will be added to your balance). Roommates are suggested.

Drury Inn and Suites will be the our host hotel during the trip

Registration & Deposit

A deposit of $200 is required to reserve your spot on the bus. The remaining $450 per person will be due by June 3.

Registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. Click here to register.


Please contact Mindy Haas, Executive Director, at mindy@jewishlexington.org for more information.

Trip Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Monday, June 27, 2022 – Travel Day. Leave from TAI – 9:00 AM 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022- Montgomery

  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church 
  • Dexter Avenue Parsonage
  • Southern Poverty Law Center/Equal Rights Center 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022- Montgomery

  • Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial
  • Lunch at the museum and see bookstore
  • National Memorial for Peace and Justice 

Thursday, June 30, 2022- Birmingham – Drive 7:30 AM to Birmingham 

  • 16th Street Baptist Church  
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 
  • Martin Luther King Park (Kelly Ingram Park)
  • Dynamite Hill Driving Tour

Friday, July 1, 2022 –Travel Day – Bus Departs Birmingham at 9:00 AM.  Arrive back in Lexington before dark.