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Civil Rights Bus Tour

The Civil Rights Bus Tour spans from Jackson, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama, led by a Civil Rights leader, Roscoe Jones Sr. The experience focuses on both places and stories that delve deep into the movement, lifting up the narratives that shaped the past and inform the present.

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Civil Rights Bus Tour

Civil Rights Bus Tour

2017 Civil Rights Bus Tour Program Description HERE. 


Save the date: January 21-24 for the 2018 EPFP Civil Rights Bus Tour

The deep racial divides and tragedies facing communities across the country today echo the struggles for equity and social justice of the Civil Rights era. We invite you to join IEL, in partnership with The Freedom '64 Project, on the Civil Rights Bus Tour and take a journey through history, to both reflect and engage in a meaningful dialogue about how to make a positive social change in our communities and organizations.



Example Itinerary:

  • Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, MS
  • Meridian Freedom Project
  • First Union Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL

Past Speakers:

  • Peggy Gibson, Pastor at the Mt. Zion Union Methodist Church, church that was burned by KKK.
  • Jewel Rush McDonald and Evelyn Cole Calloway, survivors of the Mt. Zion attack.
  • Anna Stevenson, Program Development Director of the Meridian Freedom Project.
  • Doug Jones, US Attorney, who personally led the team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
  • Jerry Mitchell, who worked to put four Klansmen behind bars for their assassination of NAACP leaders Medgar Evers and Vernon Dahmer, for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls, and for the killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

Questions? Contact Tyson Elbert.

Read John Merrow's Blog     Read Mary Kingston Roche's Blog

Read Ashley A. Smith's Inside Higher Ed article

“My wife and I and about 40 others made this trip at a time of rising anxiety among minorities and many whites about the increase in hate-related behavior following our recent presidential election. The question hanging over us: will we allow the past to repeat itself?"

- John Merrow, Board Member, IEL

“When Martin Luther King, Jr. made the call for people to join him in the march from Selma to Montgomery, all kinds of allies showed up: black, white, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, young and old. People were called to a movement that was fundamentally about human rights, and the belief that we all deserve the same rights and liberties. In a similar way, and without anticipating it, we realized on the last day of our bus tour that we as a group had unified around this common powerful experience, and pledged to support one another in our own work to advance civil and human rights."

- Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy at the Coalition for Community Schools, IEL (EPFP '10-11)

Bus Tour Team

Helen Janc Malone                     Tyson Elbert                          Roscoe Jones, Sr.                   Sarah McCann
             National Director, EPFP              MS EPFP Coordinator             Freedom '64 Project               National Coordinator, EPFP