Celebrating Freedom

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  To celebrate, I thought I would share some of the stops on my trip through the South.

Bus representing the Freedom Riders at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta

Simulation of experience sitting at a “whites only” lunch counter. How long can you last? Taken at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta

First African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA; It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad

George Leile, a freed slave, was the founder and first pastor of First African Baptist Church

Slavery Monument on Riverfront in Savannah, GA

Slavery monument on the riverfront in Savannah, GA including a controversial quote by poet Maya Angelou

“We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others’ excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together.

Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.”