Alabama – The Center of American Civil Rights
When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus the modern Civil Rights struggle in America was started and the Reverend Martin Luther King was called to the forefront. A few years later, Dr. King would lead the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March.
Today you can walk across the bridge in Selma, where marchers were attacked in 1965, then step inside the National Voting Rights Museum to learn about the movement's "foot soldiers." You can drive the same route the marchers walked, stopping at the National Park Service facility at the mid-point and then traveling to Montgomery to visit the Rosa Parks Museum, see Dr. King’s church and visit the Civil Rights Memorial. In Birmingham the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed by the Klan, is open for tours as well as the Civil Rights Institute located across the street.