“ Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights” A Bus Tour Hosted by The Common Ground Project & Sponsored by The Nutrition Group and PNC
6 th Annual Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights Bus Tour <ul><li>Early in the morning of June 9, 2007 a diverse group of people from various parts of the U.S. set out from the Pittsburgh area for an eight-day, 2,333-mile tour of eleven cities of significance in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. </li></ul>
Levine Museum of the New South David Thompson – Basketball Star & Youth Minister
Joseph DeLaine True hero of the civil rights struggle who broke down barriers in education in South Carolina Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
Martin Luther King Jr. Center Martin Luther King Jr. Museum
Georgia State University Juanita Abernathy As a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement, Juanita Abernathy participated in all of the pivotal protests of the era. She helped rally the black community in Montgomery, Alabama as her husband Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956).
Georgia State University C.T. Vivian Living legend of the Civil Rights Movement continues his activism today, tirelessly working for the progress of African Americans and the civil and political rights of all peoples.
Rev. Robert and Jeannie Graetz As a young couple, with Bob newly ordained, the Graetz’s accepted the call to an all-black church in Montgomery, AL only a short time before the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They soon found themselves in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and have remained there ever since – in spite of two bombings of their home and countless other challenges.
National Voting Rights Museum Although black people had been granted the right to vote, many whites did whatever they could to prevent them.
Absurd tests were administered & registering to vote was almost impossible for black people.
Edmund Pettus Bridge scene of some of the bloodiest attacks against black people during the Civil Rights Movement
Viola Liuzzo April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965, a Unitarian Universalist committed to work for education and economic justice, gave her life for the cause of civil rights. The 39-yr-old mother of five was murdered by white supremacists after her participation in the protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A “KKK ‘missionary squad’ spotted Liuzzo and her black driver. They followed them for 20 miles. About half way between Selma & Montgomery the four men pulled their car up next to hers and shot her. Liuzzo was killed instantly.