2022 Civil Rights – A Journey to Freedom

Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2022
Trip Operator: Orbridge (Read additional tour details here.)
Price: From $2,995 (airfare additional)
Trip Length: 5 days
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Discover in an intimate and essential opportunity to explore the Deep South with an informative program that highlights America’s civil rights movement in Alabama. Historically, perhaps no other state has played as vital a role, where a fourth of the official U.S. Civil Rights Trail landmarks are located.

On this five-day journey, see sites that advanced social justice and shifted the course of history. Stand in the pulpit at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached, walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge where law enforcement clashed with voting rights marchers, and gather with our group at Kelly Ingram Park as 1,000 or so students did in the 1963 Children’s Crusade.

Taking a deeper dive beyond the civil rights “highlight” reel, each day offers exclusive, authentic experiences for in-depth knowledge, engaged conversations, and deep listening. A cadre of distinguished and compelling speakers and foot soldiers join us to serve as a living library—providing valuable, first-hand accounts of resistance and change. Learn about the underground work of everyday, sacrificing people who built the foundation for the civil rights movement to happen and continue today.

We’ll be staying at comfortable accommodations, enjoying Southern hospitality with home-cooked meals, celebrating accomplishments of pioneers such as the Tuskegee Airmen, attending a musical performance, and becoming more empowered in our efforts to overcome adversity and support fundamental rights for all people.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Arrive Birmingham, AL
  • Day 2 : Birmingham
  • Day 3 : Birmingham | Montgomery
  • Day 4 : Montgomery | Selma | Montgomery
  • Day 5 : Montgomery | Tuskegee | Depart Birmingham


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a GAA member online.

Additional Information

Note: Trip schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the trip partner directly if you have any concerns participating in the trip. 

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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