Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

Civil Rights Seminar and Tour

The civil right tour is biannual is a “journey of recovery, remembrance , and reconciliation” which Berea College faculty staff, spouse and alumni followed in the footsteps of the civil rights activists.


African Americans did not gain their civil rights as something natural, due and owing at birth, rather through countless legal, political and physical struggles, victories and defeats. This Sankofa journey of recovery, remembrance, and reconciliation is meant to give each person an opportunity to reflect upon these many struggles and victories, as well as the application of social and political policies resulting from our shared history. It is hoped that production of this event will present an opportunity for each person to engage in discussion on personal and professional levels regarding the mission of interracial education at Berea College and the enduring goals of equality pursued during the Civil Rights Movement, which, as a society , we have not yet achieved.



Our physical journey will take us from Kentucky to Alabama, following the footsteps of some of American’s most renowned Civil Rights leaders.  Our spiritual journey, the more difficult of our tasks, includes study and mediation on the words and actions of leaders who committed themselves to the betterment of humanity. The focus of our spiritual journey is an attempt to:

  • ·Revisit the work of American Civil Rights activists and pioneers
  • ·Explore how the work of Berea College faculty and staff connects to the College’s founding mission of interracial education
  • ·Provide context to the student population at Berea College
  • ·Build community

 Photos of the 2013 Civil Rights Tour

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