Horace Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Professor Emeritus

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$3,095 per person, double occupancy, land only

$3,675 per person, single occupancy, land only


Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, Philadelphia, Greenwood, Jackson, New Orleans

Join the University of Virginia and Professor Emeritus Julian Bond to gain a comprehensive appreciation of the American Civil Rights Movement, from its earliest and often unreported days in the mid-1950s, through the more high-profile years that followed.  It seems fitting, as we observe the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, that we also pay homage to the modern civil rights struggle, which is its legacy. This seminar will visit many key sites of that movement, including some which are observing their semicentennial. Along the way, we will meet participants in the movement and others who continue its unfinished business.

Stand in the places where Montgomery happened; the spot where Homer Plessy boarded the New Orleans train that resulted in 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson, creating the doctrine of “separate but equal,” that segregated the South for almost a century; Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge; the site of the Philadelphia, Mississippi, murders of three civil rights workers; Martin Luther King, Jr.’s pulpit in Montgomery, and more. Throughout the trip and at the acclaimed Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, learn about the struggles of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during the era of upheaval. Hear from Doug Jones, who in 2001 prosecuted the remaining suspects in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Rev. Robert Graetz, the only white member of the Montgomery Bus Boycott organization, and many other civil rights organizers who risked life and limb to gain freedom.

Program Highlights

  • Take in a raw and powerful slice of history —with the people who made that history.
  • Visit with and hear stories from the leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been at the forefront in the fight for equality.
  • Visit the Rosa Parks Museum to learn how a single, tiny woman affected a cultural revolution.
  • Visit a small museum in Selma, where visitors on both sides of the civil rights fight have left behind handwritten memories of their own roles in the conflict.
  • Enjoy the deeply rooted culture of the Black South, from food for the soul to art for the walls.


Horace Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Professor Emeritus

Horace Julian Bond,Chairman Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Professor Emeritus, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Julian Bond is one of the foremost leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1998 until 2009, Bond first entered the national picture as one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s. During this time he also led a series of anti-segregation protests against segregated facilities in Georgia.
Bond was the first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a public interest law and advocacy firm based in Montgomery, Alabama. He remains its President Emeritus and a member of its board of directors today.
In 1965, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and was prevented from being seated because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. Bond took his case to the United States Supreme Court, where in 1966, he won a 9-0 decision to regain his seat. He served four terms in the Georgia House and six terms in the Georgia Senate. During the 1980s and 90s, Bond earned a reputation as an educator, teaching at universities, including American, Drexel, Harvard and the University of Virginia. He continues to be in demand as a writer and lecturer on the Civil Rights Movement and the condition of African Americans and the poor.
Bond is a well-known figure in the media, having hosted America’s Black Forum, appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Colbert Report, and the radio program Byline, written a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, Viewpoint, and more. He also narrated the critically-acclaimed PBS series, Eyes on the Prize.
Julian Bond serves on many boards, including People for the American Way and the Center for Responsible Lending, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including 28 honorary degrees and a 2008 Library of Congress Living Legend Award. Please click here to read more about this prestigious award. http://news.virginia.edu/node/6538?id=6538

Guest Speakers

Confirmed speakers include: Camille Morgan, widow of white civil rights lawyer Charles Morgan, whose family was forced to leave Birmingham in the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing; Attorney Doug Jones, who successfully prosecuted the remaining bombers of the church in 2001; Rev. Robert and Mrs. Jeanie Graetz, who were among the few white participants in the 1954 Montgomery Bus Boycott; MacArthur Cotton, a native Mississippian who left Tougaloo College to join the movement and continues to work for justice today; Leroy Clemons, a founder of the Philadelphia Coalition, an interracial group of citizens in the town where three civil rights workers were murdered in 1964, who work for racial reconciliation today; journalist Jerry Mitchell, whose investigations of civil rights cold cases have sent several murderers to jail; Professor Lawrence Powell, an expert in New Orleans’ racial history; Lolis Elie, writer and documentarian who has recounted New Orleans’ history for more than 15 years; and Mary Howell, a plaintiffs’ attorney who has handled cases of police misconduct, including the Danzinger Bridge case. In addition, we hope to have Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, take us through the home where her husband was murdered.


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Birmingham, Alabama

Begin by getting to know your fellow travelers and hearing Julian Bond’s lecture, “Origins.” Check into the historic Tutwiler Hotel and enjoy a welcome reception. The group will hear a presentation by Attorney Doug Jones at 16th Street Baptist Church. Dinner will follow at the hotel with guest speaker Camille Morgan, whose family was forced to leave their Birmingham home after a speech her husband made after the bombing.

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Birmingham to Montgomery, Alabama

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for church service at Living Stones Temple. Enjoy lunch and a guided tour at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute: “Marching On: the Children’s Movement at Fifty.” Drive to Montgomery for dinner at Dreamland Barbeque followed by a Freedom Singers concert.

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Montgomery, Alabama

Breakfast followed by a visit to the Dexter Avenue Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. pastored (1954-60) and a tour of the parsonage where he lived. The group will visit the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Rosa Parks Museum and the Freedom Riders Monument (Greyhound bus station). Rev. Robert and Mrs. Jeanie Graetz will meet the group at the Marcia Weber Gallery for a reception followed by dinner at Red’s Little School House.

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Selma, Alabama to Greenwood, Mississippi

After breakfast, the group will travel to the Marchers Memorial and Interpretive Center which is built to resemble the Pettus Bridge, which we will then march across. The group will visit the National Voting Rights Museum and Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma. The afternoon will be spent touring Philadelphia, Mississippi. Leroy Clemons will take us to the sites associated with the 1964 murders of the three civil rights workers. The group will go to Greenwood, where dinner will be served at the Alluvian Hotel and Julian Bond will lecture on Freedom Summer.

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Greenwood, Mississippi and environs

Breakfast followed by a trip to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. Then, lunch at Club Ebony with guest, MacArthur Cotton, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee worker in the 1960s, who continues to work in Mississippi. Spend the afternoon at the store where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman, resulting in his death. The group will have dinner at Lusco’s Restaurant, a famous local establishment. Sites we’ll visit include Ruleville, Mississippi, home of movement heroine Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Greenwood to Jackson, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana

After breakfast, the group will travel to Jackson, Mississippi, to visit the house where Medgar Evers was slain. Lunch with prize-winning journalist Jerry Mitchell will follow at Julep Restaurant where everyone can sample local favorites. The afternoon will be spent traveling to New Orleans. Once we arrive, you will have a free evening on your own to explore this exciting city.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

After breakfast, the group will be joined by Tulane Professor Lawrence Powell, for a driving tour of Danziger Bridge, Plessy Park and Ruby Bridges School. Lunch will follow at Willie Mae’s Scotch House. The group will see firsthand the Lower Ninth Ward’s devastation and Brad Pitt’s Houses. The afternoon is free, followed by the closing dinner at Dooky Chase’s, where the group will be joined by Lolis Elie and Mary Howell.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Farewell breakfast. Group transfer to airport.


  • One (1) night accommodation, double occupancy, at the Tutwiler Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation, double occupancy, at the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation, double occupancy, at the Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation, double occupancy, at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Convention Center New Orleans, Louisiana


Seven (7) daily breakfasts at the hotels Six (6) lunches Six (6) dinners Two (2) receptions Welcome and farewell dinners include beer or wine Water, soda, or tea is included with all lunches and dinners

Program Fees

$3,095 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $580 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • 20 meals
  • Admissions to all sites as included in the official tour itinerary
  • On-site guides or docents at included sites, as requested by UVA
  • Private motor coach transportation for all sightseeing, and transfers from Birmingham to Montgomery to Greenwood to Selma to Philadelphia to New Orleans
  • Bottled water and simple snacks for longer bus rides
  • Taxes and service charges for the hotels
  • Gratuities to all coach drivers, porters, and wait staff
  • Handling of one (1) piece of luggage per person at the hotels
  • Complete pre-tour information, travel tips, and luggage tags
  • Services of an experienced ISDI tour director for duration of land program
  • Group transfer to New Orleans Airport (MSY)

Does Not Include:

Airline tickets for participants; arrival airport transfers in Birmingham; personal items and services such as laundry, wines, liquors, and mineral water; gratuities to chamber maids; travel extensions and transportation not included in the itinerary; any item of a personal nature and any item not specifically listed as included.  Personal insurance for health, baggage, and tour cancellation also not included.

General Terms & Conditions

All cancellations must be received in writing by International Seminar Design, Inc. directly from the traveler. If a tour member cancels, the following scale of charges is incurred: There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 per person. The costs associated with any tickets purchased for planned activities (as indicated in the itinerary) are non-refundable. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or before November 29, 2012: full refund minus $500 per person administrative fee. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or between November 30, 2012 and January 23, 2013: full refund of any recoverable land costs, less $1,500 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee). Cancellations received after January 23, 2013: no refund. After the tour has commenced, it is not possible to issue any refunds. No refunds for any unused portion of the tour including, but not limited to, occasional missed meals or any missed sightseeing tours. Costs for promotion, staff, and other group expenses are not refundable. A package of cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance is strongly recommended. An insurance application was included with your tour confirmation letter. This package is for insurance in case of cancellation and covers the non-refundable expenses incurred.

International Seminar Design, Inc. (“ISDI”) acts as the agent for the suppliers of services (including, but not limited to, air and ground transportation, meals, and lodging) provided in conjunction with the tour. ISDI is not liable for the negligent acts, omissions, defaults, or failure to perform of such suppliers. The Participant releases ISDI and the Sponsoring Organization from any and all liability resulting from acts or omissions of the suppliers of services, including, but not limited to, loss, damage, delay or injury, or damage to Participant (including death) or Participant’s personal property. Nor do ISDI and the Sponsoring Organization accept responsibility for losses or delays arising from sickness, quarantine, government restraints, war, acts of terrorism, weather conditions, earthquakes, or acts of God. In no event shall ISDI nor the Sponsoring Organization’s liability exceed the amount received by ISDI from Participant.
ISDI has no special knowledge of problems or hazards regarding health or safety in the destinations visited by Participant. Participant agrees to assume full responsibility for his/her safety during this tour and is advised that some destinations visited may involve risks of political instability, terrorism, social unrest, disease, and climatic extremes, as well as geographical and atmospheric extremes such as altitude and/or pollution, earthquakes, etc. Participant assumes all risks of damage or injury in connection with such risks and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ISDI and the Sponsoring Organization against any and all claims arising from Participant’s travel to such destinations. For additional information regarding hazards in specific destinations, Participant may consult the U.S. State Department and the Center for Disease Control.

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