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Sadly, the More Things Change the More Things Stay the Same – Scott Bosley

Posted on April 2, 2024

I never saw this trip on my bingo card of life but I’m so grateful it magically appeared and that I took advantage of the opportunity to participate. It was educational, eye opening, and emotional that I can sum up with the following two thoughts: 1) Sadly, the more things change the more things stay […]

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The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same – Scott Bosley

Posted on April 2, 2024

I never saw this trip on my bingo card of life but I’m so grateful it magically appeared and that I took advantage of the opportunity to participate. It was educational, eye opening, and emotional that I can sum up with the following two thoughts: 1) Sadly, the more things change the more things stay […]

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From the violence of dynamite to the recognition that nonviolence is our only path to peace – Rabbi David Chapman

Posted on March 28, 2024

One of the many travesties of justice we learned about on this trip were the bombings — bombings of homes, of Freedom Rider busses, and of Black churches, including the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963 perpetrated by white supremacists that murdered four little girls. Their names were Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, […]

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On one hand we know it all, but on the other hand we know nothing – Chris Meyers

Posted on March 28, 2024

So I have to say that this trip and the previous CIVIL RIGHTS TRIP that I took with Beth Shalom has sent me back to my late high school and early college days… the civil rights movement encompassed my being and greatly influenced the way I saw life- mine and that of others, especially the […]

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The tension between the physical beauty and the terror – Rabbi David Chapman

Posted on March 28, 2024

As we drive along Route 139 from Selma to Birmingham, I am struck by the tension between the physical beauty of the landscape — rolling green hills, lush woods, quaint country churches — and the terror that I know took place here and in the surrounding areas.   These woods may have offered refuge for […]

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The Importance of Education – Cheryl Braude

Posted on March 28, 2024

Today at the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum we met a group of visitors who were a Black church group from Florida.  I looked at the children in this group and immediately felt saddened by Florida’s efforts to diminish historical reporting of the events about which we were learning.  While there were numerous moving moments […]

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Powerful Thoughts – Alan & Janet Sear

Posted on March 28, 2024

We have so many powerful and overwhelming thoughts about today.  Although we cannot claim the Civil Rights Journey as ours, I could not help but reflect on the similarities my father and grandparents went through as German Jews.  As we walked through the Memorial  for Peace and Justice and saw the names and dates of […]

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Cleansing Water – Natalie Solomon

Posted on March 28, 2024

In our civil rights journey, we have spent time at several memorials that honor important events and people.  They have been at the same time beautiful and horrific as we have learned about the terrible ways white people have treated Black people when they were kidnapped, enslaved and even brutally lynched after emancipation.  The memorials […]

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Equal Justice Initiative Memorial to Peace & Justice – Bob Spector

Posted on March 28, 2024

Dear CBS Family, We are in day 2 of our Civil Rights Journey and have just left the memorial of all those African-Americans who were lynched during the post Civil War/Jim Crow era.  I wanted to believe that this was the result of moral decay exclusively in the South until I discovered three names:  Elmer Jackson, Isaac […]

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More Thoughts of day 1

Posted on March 27, 2024

As we gathered in Atlanta for our exploration of civil rights, it was apropos that the weather was gloomy. We were here to learn about civil rights, a topic that couldn’t be washed away with the spring time storm we encountered.  We discussed origins and flashpoints.  We saw historic sites in Atlanta where the Rev. Martin […]

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The Journey has begun – Hillary Elkins

Posted on March 26, 2024

Day 1 (Atlanta & Montgomery) – Tuesday March 26, 2024 Some quotes and photos from history, tour, and guides today that got me thinking: Understand why there were Jews on both sides of the (civil rights) movement and why there are Jews that remained silent. In 2024, it’s important that we look back and remember […]

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