The 50th Anniversary Walking Classroom event is coming soon (March 20-25, 2015).
One hundred fifty (150) youth (ages 18-25) and the (150) public participants from the United States, its territories and the counties along the historic trail will participate in a week-long educational "walking classroom" that will focus on the right to march, the responsibility of all Americans to participate fully in the democratic process, and how the Selma to Montgomery March, its events and people led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This week-long "Walking Classroom" (54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama) will be a memorable, life- changing, experience for participants. Through discussions with the actual foot soldiers of the March, participants will learn of the strife and sacrifice that was endured for our country's sake. Youth, even children, were not spared from the violence that occurred 50 years ago. This journey will provide participants an opportunity to reflect and share with their peers and a broader audience the ongoing struggle for human rights, the impact of the events of 1965, and the residual influence those events have upon our nation –and the world –today.
The application and registration process for the "Walking Classroom" is now closed.
Click 50th Anniversary Walking Classroom Experience for Youth or 50th Anniversary Walking Classroom Experience for Public to learn more about the "Walking Classroom Guidelines."
The following programs are available for non-registered members of the general public.
Walking Classroom Kick-off Program
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Evening Program with Julia Washburn, Associate Director, Interpretation, Education and Volunteers
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Evening Conversation with Dr. Bernard Lafayette
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Evening Program with the Southern Poverty Law Center
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
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Last updated: August 7, 2018