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In Their Footsteps: Experience the Movement

Walk in the footsteps of the inspiring leaders who helped change the trajectory of the real history. A little more than 50 years ago, an American revolution took place in the streets of Birmingham, AL. It was the battlefield of America's Civil Rights Movement and a struggle for simple decency for African Americans. On this Civil Rights experience, members will have the opportunity to explore historical landmarks (see tentative itinerary below). This will be an emotional and eye-opening experience to learn the importance of tolerance and awareness.

 11/12  |  T  |  C67F1971  |  $125* per person**

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**Transportation and museum admissions are included in the trip fee. Lunch will be held at the historic Pizitz Food Hall, but cost of meals and souvenirs is not included.

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November 12, 2019

8:15 am: Depart UAH for Birmingham
Travel time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

10:00 am: Tour the Negro Southern League Museum
Cultured and refueled, you’re off to the Negro Southern League Museum. One of Birmingham’s newest attractions, the museum showcases the largest collection of original Negro League artifacts in the country. Items on display include the oldest Negro League trophy, authentic uniforms, and other memorabilia. The collection dates back to the late 1890s with the industrial teams of steel workers and miners in the area.
Tour time: approximately 1 hour

11:30 am: Lunch at The Pizitz Food Hall (cost for meal NOT included in trip fee)
Enjoy lunch in the fully renovated Pizitz Building, a former 1920s department store in downtown Birmingham.  Select from a variety of vendors in the food hall with a great mixture of offerings to suite your appetite.

1:00 pm: Tour of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
One of Birmingham's most famous civil rights landmarks was recently designated a National Historic Landmark. The church was the site of a dynamite bombing in 1963 that killed four young African-American girls: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins.
Tour time: approximately 1 hour

2:05 pm: Tour of The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute/Kelly Ingram Park/Restoration of the A.G. Gaston Motel
Just across the street from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, stroll through the Kelly Ingram Park where sculptures depict the reality of the police dogs and fire hoses that were turned on marchers who congregated here to protest segregation laws in the early 1960s. Continue your tour at the focal point of the Birmingham Civil Rights District,The Birmingham Civil Rights. Richly detailed exhibits in the institute reveal slices of life from the late 1800’s to the present. A series of galleries tells the stories of daily life for African-Americans in Alabama and the nation, and how it differed dramatically from the lives Caucasian people of that era took for granted. End the day by viewing the current restoration of the A.G. Gaston Motel. Built as a place of luxury for minorities during the days of segregation, the motel sat vacant for more than 20 years. With help from the city of Birmingham and the National Park Service, the motel and institute will become the new Freedom Center.
Tour time: approximately 2 hours

4:05 pm: Depart Birmingham for UAH
Travel time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes



  1. Backpacks or other large bags are NOT permitted in the museums (bag or purse should be smaller than a standard sheet of paper).
  2. Museums DO NOT allow food or drinks in the exhibit areas.
  3. You are welcome to take photos in the museums but please DO NOT use flash or any other attachments e.g. (selfie sticks, tripods or monopods).
  4. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk as we tour the museums.
  5. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church has steps but no elevator.
  6. Cost of lunch and souvenirs is not included in trip fee. Please visit The Pizitz Food Hall website to view the menu of the 2 restaurants and 12 food stalls: www.thepizitz.com/food-hall.
  7. Any special accommodations need to be addressed to the OLLI Program Manager at OLLI.info@uah.edu by Wednesday, November 6, 2019. There will be stools on site to assist with getting in and out of the vans.


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