It's Time To Wake Up

 

CIVIL RIGHTS TOURS

 

  • Travel to three cities in Alabama – Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, as well as to Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee

  • Stay is Historic Downtown Hotels

 

  • Visit museums and historical sites associated with America’s history of racial bias

 

  • Meet with local community leaders who will help provide context for these experiences

 

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.

OUR MISSION

 

WAKE UP TOURS AND CONSULTING is a new and innovative way to educate communities around issues of systematic racism and racial bias. We educate through experience. By traveling on guided trips through the South and visiting places that have impacted our collective lives, we are able to take a closer look at our own connection to the hard parts of our history.

 

Wake Up Tours and Consulting was created first and foremost to build hope and community by walking in the footsteps of brave heroes and martyrs of the past. Brave women and men, children and the elderly, have been fighting for centuries to be heard and to have their very existence respected. It is our responsibility to never forget their sacrifices and to follow where they have led.

 

Tours are designed to highlight unconscious bias and systematic racism, so that those taking the tours might better understand contextually their relationships with others. Tours are seven days and six nights through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

 

America seems to have come to another crossroads in our long and complex history of slavery, segregation and racism. Each day there seems to be another story, another video, another policy that leads many people to deeper hopelessness and despair. We ask, “What can we do?” all the while feeling overwhelmed by the challenges before us.

SAMPLE AGENDA
(subject to change)

 

Day 1 – Birmingham, Alabama

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and city tour
  • 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Selma, Alabama
  • Kelly Ingram Park

 

Day 2 – Montgomery, Alabama

  • Montgomery Tour and Rosa Parks Museum
  • National Museum for Peace and Justice - The Lynching Memorial
  • Selma, Alabama

 

Day 3 – Selma, Alabama

  • National Voting Rights Museum and Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • Tuskegee University

 

Day 4 – Jackson, Mississippi

  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • Tuskegee University

Day 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

  • Memphis City Tour
  • Beale Street Walking Tour

 

Day 6 – Memphis, Tennessee

  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The tours and educational materials are led and organized by Jeremy Lucas. Jeremy was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing degrees in History and Political Science at The University of Alabama, Birmingham, he went on to law school and practiced law in Birmingham for several years. Later he was ordained an Episcopal priest. He is a national and international educator and trainer in community change and societal ethics.

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    “Being born and raised as a white man in Birmingham, Alabama I became acutely aware of systematic racism and privilege at an early age. It has taken me decades to see how I have been a part of those systems of oppression, and moreover, how I could change my life in ways that impacted others. It is not the responsibility of those who have been discriminated against to change how other people see them, it is our job to change how we see the world. I continue to try and grow into a deeper understanding of my own complicity in systematic injustice and work to help create a more equitable world.

     

    In college in Birmingham,  Alabama, I focused my attention on Southern political history to better understand the context in which white Southerners came to understand and define ourselves. Attending night law school in the Jefferson County courthouse, I studied in courtrooms that had acquitted perpetrators of racial violence and could still see where the signs that read “Whites Only” once hung above water fountains. As a lawyer I filed motions on behalf of clients in Federal Court highlighting the racially discriminatory outcomes of the federal sentencing guidelines.

     

    Throughout my career, in each community I have been a part of I have tried to highlight how race and ethnicity impact the ways we live together. Those communities welcomed a predominately Hispanic pre-school and counter-protested the KKK in rural Alabama. I have listened and learned from Palestine, to the Black Belt of Alabama, to Namibia and South Africa, and traveled to places around the world that are deeply connected to the worldwide struggle for racial equality.  From New York City to the Pacific Northwest, it is clear that it is not only communities of color that are hurt by racial hatred. We are all made less when any of us are treated as less.

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It's Time To Wake Up
It's Time To Wake Up
It's Time To Wake Up

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The tours and educational materials are led and organized by Jeremy Lucas. Jeremy was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing degrees in History and Political Science at The University of Alabama, Birmingham, he went on to law school and practiced law in Birmingham for several years.
Later he was ordained an Episcopal priest. He is a national and international educator and trainer in community change and societal ethics.

It's Time To Wake Up

OUR MISSION

 

WAKE UP TOURS AND CONSULTING is a new and innovative way to educate communities around issues of systematic racism and racial bias. We educate through experience. By traveling on guided trips through the South and visiting places that have impacted our collective lives, we are able to take a closer look at our own connection to the hard parts of our history.

 

Wake Up Tours and Consulting was created first and foremost to build hope and community by walking in the footsteps of brave heroes and martyrs of the past. Brave women and men, children and the elderly, have been fighting for centuries to be heard and to have their very existence respected. It is our responsibility to never forget their sacrifices and to follow where they have led.

 

Tours are designed to highlight unconscious bias and systematic racism, so that those taking the tours might better understand contextually their relationships with others. Tours are seven days and six nights through Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

 

America seems to have come to another crossroads in our long and complex history of slavery, segregation and racism. Each day there seems to be another story, another video, another policy that leads many people to deeper hopelessness and despair. We ask, “What can we do?” all the while feeling overwhelmed by the challenges before us.

America seems to have come to another crossroads in our long and complex history of slavery, segregation and racism. Each day there seems to be another story, another video, another policy that leads many people to deeper hopelessness and despair. We ask, “What can we do?” all the while feeling overwhelmed by the challenges before us.