Field Trip to National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama

with Robin White and Peter Forbes


3 day trip


After speaking with colleagues in Montgomery, there is strong consensus that we need to postpone this trip. Basic services in Montgomery delivering food and gas are interrupted now and could easily be worse over time. While we want to support our colleagues by being with them and spending our resources with them, it’s clear that our presence would also also bring risk and stress. Although we’re sad not to share with you the story that is being told there, it’s clear that what is happening in our country right now is forging another story; may it be one about us helping each other to weather a very bad storm. We will post updates when we have a plan to return to Montgomery. It feels really important to do that the minute they are ready.

This will be our third field trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. Two years ago, Peter Forbes had the honor of bringing the senior staff of the National Park Service there in order to experience this provocative and inclusive account of American history, and also as a way to begin to talk about justice and equity in our park system. Last May, with Robin White, we brought a second group to Montgomery; this time educators and philanthropists interested in better understanding the direct lineage between enslavement, lynching and today’s criminal justice system. Some of you will have read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy and know that the memorial and associated museum are the further fruits of his work with the Equal Justice Initiative.

This will be a pilgrimage among peers to visit a place that will undoubtedly conjure important dialogue together. The focus will be on visiting the National Memorial and the Legacy Museum and creating ample time for conversation.

Overview of the trip

We arrive in Montgomery on Thursday afternoon (April 30) in time to get to downtown Montgomery by 5:30. We will stay downtown, next door to the Equal Justice Initiative and within walking distance of everything we will be visiting. We will visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial on Friday and have time for dialogue, then have dinner together on Friday night. On Saturday, we do a road trip to Selma and the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. On Saturday night, we’ll have a final dinner together. On Sunday, we will attend services at the Dexter Avenue Church where Dr. King was once a young preacher. We will return to our home grounds starting at noon on Sunday. During the last two trips, we have also been able to meet with Mr. Bryan Stevenson and we hope to be able to do so again subject to his availability. We are limiting this to a group of 18.

“I’m not interested in talking about America’s history because I want to punish America. I want to liberate America.”       Bryan Stevenson

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

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