BK Montgomery Trip

BK Trip to Montgomery, Alabama:

Facing the History of Racial Injustice in the US

How does knowing and thinking about the narratives of history we have available impact our ability to make sense of and act in the present?

November 7 - 10, 2019


More than 4,000 African Americans were publicly murdered in the U.S. between 1877 and 1950 (Equal Justice Initiative, 2015, Lynching in America). Inspired by the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is dedicated to those victims of white supremacy.

Join us to learn about and grapple with the legacies of historical and contemporary racial injustice in the U.S. through a visit to the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and pre/post trip educational events, including a civil rights and truth and reconciliation-focused tour led by More than Tours, a local organization “founded out of necessity to expose students and mature travelers to Alabama’s rich history.”

The trip will be an opportunity to honor the memories of those who perished and to renew our commitment as Jews to working for justice and to uproot tyranny.

NOTE: This trip is recommended for adults and mature teens.

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

Located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system to investigate America's history of racial injustice and its legacy.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

More than 4400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynchings. The national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.

Tentative Itinerary

November 7 - Arrival; group dinner and discussion

November 8 - Tour of Montgomery with More Than Tours, a locally run "social enterprise...founded out of necessity to expose students and mature travelers to Alabama’s rich history"; group dinner

November 9 - Visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice; discussion; group dinner

November 10 -Group breakfast, departure...or stay an extra day to visit additional sites

Pre and post trip events will help us to prepare and to share what we have learned.

Flight/hotel arrangement will be made individually by participants; suggestions will be provided.

Group meals are optional but encouraged, will be arranged based on interest, will take place at local restaurants.