A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Beloved Community Tour

Exploring Civil Rights Struggles, Past and Present, in the South

Saturday 6 July - Thursday 11 July 2019

This six-day/five-night experience is open to individuals within and beyond the CFS community, including educators in schools and colleges as well as members of Friends meetings and other interested adults.

Experience civil rights history in Atlanta, Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham; explore contemporary issues of race in our country; and meet change-agents working to make a difference.

On our comfortable charter bus, enjoy music of the movement, see documentaries and film clips, and learn from our experienced tour leaders (a long-time historian and an award-winning film-maker).

Be educated. Be challenged. Be inspired. By where we go, what we learn, whom we encounter--and by your fellow travelers.

Here's a one-page flyer you can share with a friend.

Questions? Please email Director of Extended Learning Anthony L. Clay at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org.

We'd love to have you and a diverse group of participants "get on board" for this powerful personal and community journey.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 6 July): Durham, Atlanta

We leave Saturday morning by charter bus from Carolina Friends, arriving in Atlanta in the afternoon for a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

We enjoy dinner with staff from the South Regional office of the American Friends Service Committee, the social justice arm of American Quakerism and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and learn about the Atlanta Economic Justice Program and other efforts to address contemporary societal issues.

We overnight at the iconic Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with its famed Polaris rotating lounge.

Day 2 (Sunday 7 July): Atlanta, Tuskegee, Montgomery

We worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church, founded in 1886, pastored for 44 years by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and now led by the Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a gifted preacher. After a look at the Historic Ebenezer sanctuary, site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral, we leave the "Sweet Auburn" community and Atlanta to head on to Alabama.

We visit Tuskegee University, founded by Booker T. Washington and now a National Historic Site. We'll visit with members of the Tuskegee community about their lives and experiences.

We'll be in a Montgomery hotel near the riverfront, historic sites, and downtown nightlife for our two days in Alabama's capital.

Day 3 (Monday 8 July): Montgomery

Today we explore the Civil Rights Memorial Center, where we can add our names to the Wall of Tolerance and run our fingers across the memorial, brought to life by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin and proclaiming Dr. King's well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24--We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

We see the powerful new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

We learn about the work of Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative on issues from the death penalty to children in prison.

If our schedule allows, anyone interested can enjoy a home game of the minor league Montgomery Biscuits(!) in Riverwalk Stadium, a converted century-old train shed in walking distance from our hotel.

Day 4 (Tuesday 9 July): Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham

Today we visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, which Dr. King pastored during the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, and see the spot at the Alabama State Capitol where Governor George C. Wallace delivered his infamous 1963 inauguration address vowing "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

We continue to Selma, where we see Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, a center of community organizing; tour the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, retracing part of the Bloody Sunday march of 1965.

On to Birmingham, we settle in for two nights at the iconic Tutwiler Hotel, with over 100 years of history.

Day 5 (Wednesday 10 July): Birmingham

At Kelly Ingram Park, we commemorate the children and other peaceful civil rights protestors attacked by Public Safety Commissioner Bull Connor's fire hoses and police attack dogs.

We walk across the street to explore the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

We see the 16th Street Baptist Church, where Addie May Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Carole Rosamond Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley--ages 11 to 14--died in a September 1963 white supremacist bombing.

And, later, we watch 4 Little Girls, Spike Lee's Academy Award-nominated 1997 documentary about that tragic Sunday morning.

Day 6 (Thursday 11 July): Birmingham, Durham

We journey back to Durham, continuing our on-board programming and sharing reflections on the journey and commitments moving forward.

Pre and Post-Trip Gatherings

We anticipate at least one pre-trip potluck and informational meeting to which all participants will be invited.

We also hope interest warrants at least one post-trip potluck open to all travelers.

We're glad to try to include anyone at a distance via video-conferencing.

Itinerary Notes

Please note schedule details are subject to change.

We'll be adding specifics about some of the special guests who'll join us along the way--from heroic foot soldiers in the civil rights movement to today's bold young activists.

Look too for information soon about Dreamland BBQ and some of the other distinctive local food experiences we'll enjoy.

In addition to our major stops outlined above, we'll also be pointing out (if not always visiting) other sites, from the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (closed for renovations right now) to country music legend Hank Williams' statue in his native Montgomery.

And, we'll have some evening opportunities for reflection and sharing.

Tour Leaders

Anthony L. Clay

Anthony returned to Carolina Friends in August 2009 as the first Director of Advancement, and in 2016 became the School's first Director of Extended Learning, which includes Summer Programs, Extended Day, after-school classes and music lessons, travel opportunities, and other enrichment options for students, adults, and families.

He earned baccalaureate degrees magna cum laude in International Relations and History and an Asian Studies Certificate at American University and then completed an M.A. in History and received Phi Beta Kappa honors at Emory University.

Anthony has worked as a teacher (in subjects including U.S. history, government and politics, debate, and economics), college counselor, and advisor at Holland Hall School (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Raleigh Charter High School, Durham Academy, and CFS (2002-2005).

Much of his research and teaching has focused on the intersection of politics and culture--especially race--since World War II. An Arkansas native, he helped create and lead civil rights bus tours of the South for high school students and a Durham civil rights experience for CFS staff.

Anthony has served in leadership and advisory roles for various professional organizations and non-profits, including Student U, Junior Leadership Durham, Youth Leadership Tulsa, Youth Services of Tulsa, GLSEN, Habitat for Humanity, and the Southern and National Associations for College Admission Counseling.

A CFS alum parent, Anthony participated in the 2013 Quaker Pilgrimage to northern England and helped organize the similar 2018 Quaker Journey.

Andre Robert Lee

André Robert Lee’s resume includes New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, BET, Universal, HBO, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks.

He directed and produced The Prep School Negro, in which he’s shown wearing a red Carolina Friends School sweatshirt! He’s visited CFS and over 350 other schools, colleges, universities, and conferences with the film and related activities. André served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I?, which Carolina Friends screened as its first Beloved Community program in Spring 2015.

He received a 2013 Fellowship from Colorlines.com (a division of Race Forward) and was tasked with directing and producing the 12-month Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men. André spent the summer of 2016 developing a multi-part series for Part2 Pictures (Showtime, Oprah Winfrey Network, CNN, HBO) for a national broadcast. He partnered with Spike TV to create The Election Effects Project, in which six directors from around the country were selected to find and tell stories of how junior and high school students were responding to the 2016 presidential election.

André partnered with Shine Global (War Dance, Inocente) to create a feature documentary about incarcerated youth who create art to fight recidivism in Richmond, Virginia and is in development for a narrative feature film about the life of Bayard Rustin. He also teaches Filmmaking at his Philadelphia alma mater, Germantown Friends School.

André serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Ready Willing and Able: The Doe Fund, Inc. and on the Jury for the Oscars© Student competition. He has also served as jury member and panel participant for numerous film festivals and been a Reader for The Gates Millennium Scholars Program as well as a speaker at The Gates Millennium Scholars Program Leadership Conferences.

For eight years, he’s co-led the civil rights bus tour of the South offered as part of Carolina Friends’ Middle School end-of-year Exploratorium program. More recently, he’s served as leader and subject expert for similar trips sponsored by The Nation magazine.

Andre & students on the 2017 tour

André and CFS students on the 2017 Middle School civil rights tour.

Other Information


The tour tuition of $1,590 includes:

  • transportation via charter coach
  • five nights of double-occupancy hotel lodging*
  • all breakfasts and most other meals
  • all admission fees and guest speaker honoraria
  • on-board live and multi-media programming
  • the services of two experienced tour co-leaders

* individual rooms are available for a $475 single supplement

The fee doesn't include:

  • optional evening or other activities (e.g. a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game)
  • room service and other hotel incidentals

A $500 deposit is due at the time of application and refundable only if we can fill your space.

The $1,090 balance will be due by Wednesday 15 May. We're glad to work with you on possible alternative payment plans.


Please apply using the relevant downloadable form:

A group of students in front of a martin luther king mural

hands at the Montgomery civil rights memorial

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