Friday, March 02, 2007

Learning so much in Montgomery

At the Civil Rights Monument in Montgomery. Water rushes over the names of the martyrs and major events of the civil rights movement.

As promised, I'll start of this post by telling you about the school visit I had on Thursday. As you recall, I got out of harm's way by getting a ride to Montgomery from Malenna and Ray. Ray runs a small boys high school in Montgomery. I took him up on the offer and on Thursday I got a chance to talk to a group of some pretty awesome guys. The tornado sirens were going off and all of us were in a hallway when I got to speak to them on Thursday. These young men asked very smart questions and most importantly, laughed at my jokes. I had such a great time talking to them! Thanks guys!

My Mom and Dad came down to Montgomery from Maryland on Thursday to visit all of the museums and monuments with me here and take part in the festivities of the Bridge Crossing Jubilee this weekend in Selma. The Jubilee commemorates
Bloody Sunday in 1965, and is chock full of events. Check out that link on Bloody Sunday because the pictures are striking and the explanation is better than any I could give. Bloody Sunday is a day that people in Selma and elsewhere are working hard for people to not forget. It was a tragic day in American history and set into motion the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Yesterday Mom, Dad, and I started the day by visiting Civil Rights Museum and Monument. The monument itself is incredible. Water rushes over the major events of the civil rights movement-- including the names of the martyrs of the movement. The museum teaches about each of the martyrs and also has a section that commemorates people that have been killed recently due to racism, xenophobia, and homophobia. I was deeply impressed by the monument and museum.

Next we got a tour of the Southern Poverty Law Center across the street. The SPLC has three missions: To give out free fantastic teaching materials to teachers called "Teaching Tolerance", two, they track hate groups in the United States, and three-- they defend people in court who are victims of hate crimes and intolerance. Great group, huh?

Montgomery is where the famous bus boycott took place, and yesterday Mom, Dad and I learned so much about what it took to plan that bus boycott and keep in going by visiting the Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church and the Rosa Parks Museum.

We saw so much yesterday and we were all so moved by what we learned. There is something about being here.... walking the streets of Montgomery... touching the names of the dead on the Civil Rights Monument... that teaches me so much more than any picture or film about the movement. I really wish that kids in Seattle could come over here for a field trip and visit all of these places with me. I hope that someday you guys do come here on your own. There is so much to learn.

Tonight I am going to a "Mock Trial" in Selma at the Dallas County Courthouse. It is one of the first events of the Jubilee. I look forward to telling you all about that in the next entry!

Lastly, I wanted to thank so many friends and family for checking up on me the last couple of days. Thanks to Malenna and Ray who gave me a ride on Thursday-- I'm safe and sound here in Montgomery. The tornado hit Enterprise which is south of where I am and what happened there is quite sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families there.

13 comments:

cameron said...

hi ms.v were did you go last time ms.v

camerom said...

were are you going now ms.v when are you going to come back again

genaro said...

I`am so happy that you went to the Civil Rights Movement museum. WE are also doing a report about the Cicil Rights Movement.

shayna said...

That was awesome. You are so cool and sweet. I like pepperment tea. Mmmm i like peperment tea. It tastes good Ahhhhhhhhhh. I learned that the bus Boycott lasted a year. And 35,000 leaflets where sent out to citizens. Rosa Parks got arrested for not giving up her seat for a white man. And the blacks did not ride busses for almost a year.It was only supostto last a day.Bey now peace.

HARUUN said...

DO YOU KNOW IM DOING MY REPORT ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT? HOW ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR TRIP? I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING FUN. MY REPORT IS DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

franchesca said...

hi ms.ventura how was montgomery.how many more places do you have to go to?we are writing a paper about something like montgomery but we are writing about the bus boycott and dr.martin luther king, the segragated laws and the civil rights movement.we are almost done with our paper were doing our final draft now we have bin working on it for awhile.when are u coming back to concord?we all miss you!!!!

VERONICA said...

MS.V I WROTE A STORY ABOUT THE BUS BOYCOTT WITH DR. KING JR IN IT. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE BUS BOYCOTT STARDED THERE WHERE YOU ARE NOW .DID YOU KNOW THAT BLACKS AND WHITES SAT IN SEPARATE PLACE IN THE THERTER IF YOU WENT TO THE .DOCTOR YOU HAD SEAT IN SEPERITE ROOMS.AND WE ARE DOING A PAPER ABOUT THE CIVLI RIHGTS MOVMENT I AM DON WITH MY PAPER IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT WHEN YOU COME BACK.I HOPE YOU LIKE THE MESSAGE.LOVE VERONICA

Marcia Ventura said...

Cameron! I'm in Philadelphia now and in a couple days I'll be in Jackson! Also-- I can't wait to see you guys in May.

Marcia Ventura said...

Genaro-

Can I see your report when I come back home to Seattle?

Ms. V

Marcia Ventura said...

Sheyna,

Wow! You guys are learning so much. That's fantastic! Keep in touch,

Ms. V

Marcia Ventura said...

Haruun,

I want to see your report on Dr. King. He was a pretty amazing man, huh?

Ms. V

Marcia Ventura said...

Franchesca--

I'll be coming back to Concord in early May, and I can't wait to see the final draft of your report.

Later, alligator!
Ms. V

Marcia Ventura said...

Veronica you are learning so much!!!

I can't wait to see these reports when I get back!

Ms. V