Sunday, March 18, 2018

Civil Rights Road Trip - Day Seven - Stop #4: Montgomery . I just love this mural in downtown Montgomery along the route taken by the marchers from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. . #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #GoodTrouble #rvlife #fulltimerv #nomad #solotravel #homeiswhereyouparkit #wanderlust cc: @repjohnlewis

Civil Rights Road Trip - Day Seven - Stop #3: Montgomery . Directly across from the spot where Rosa Parks caught the bus is this cool fountain. Cool except for the fact that it is the site where many slave auctions took place in Montgomery. And while it was the first and most prominent, it wasn’t the only spot where slave auctions occurred in Montgomery. Cuz, you know, racists... . Two interesting things to look for in the background. Can you see the state capitol at the far end of Dexter Avenue? AND can you see the VOTE sculpture across the street? . #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #GoodTrouble #rvlife #fulltimerv #nomad #solotravel #homeiswhereyouparkit #wanderlust cc: @repjohnlewis

Civil Rights Road Trip - Day Seven - Stop #2: Montgomery . This is the site of the bus stop where Rosa parks caught the bus on December 1, 1955 that launched her into history. It was on that ride that she famously had the courage to refuse to give up her seat to a white guy. She was arrested and then tried on December 5th. . On that day a boycott of Montgomery buses began which lasted for over a year. It wasn’t until the Supreme Court ordered integration that the boycott ended. . For Ms. Parks the victory was bittersweet as she and her husband moved to Detroit in 1957 due to continued threats and hostility because of her courageous actions. . #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #GoodTrouble #rvlife #fulltimerv #nomad #solotravel #homeiswhereyouparkit #wanderlust cc: @repjohnlewis

Civil Rights Road Trip - Day Seven - Stop #1: Montgomery . NOTE: It turns out that on Sunday, all the places I wanted to visit were closed but I still got to see a few cool things anyway. Also, I’m gonna spam you with individual posts because I wanted to use a couple of wider shots that IG doesn’t let you share when using multiple pictures in a post. . First up is the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. This was Martin Luther King Jr.’s first church as a pastor. He came here in 1954 and the very next year got involved in fighting for civil rights by helping organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. . #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #GoodTrouble #rvlife #fulltimerv #nomad #solotravel #homeiswhereyouparkit #wanderlust cc: @repjohnlewis

Friday, March 16, 2018

Civil Rights Road Trip - Day Five - PERSONAL NOTE: To Kill a Mockingbird . A crazy amazing thing happened while I was in the “To Kill a Mockingbird” courthouse balcony today. The couple in this pic came into the courtroom. You could tell they were kinda blown away to be here. I heard the guy say, “I have something for you” and gave her a wrapped present. She unwrapped it to find copies of both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. He told her that he wasn’t able to get a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird but that he had found a 3rd edition. She was already overwhelmed just being there and the gift pushed her over the edge. . But then the dude got down on one knee and said something along the lines of, “I know this is your favorite book and that you have always wanted to come here. We have been on a long journey together and I could think of no better place to ask you to marry me.” So he did. And she said “Yes” of course. And then they hugged. And cried. And so did I. . I didn’t mean to eavesdrop but once I realized what was happening I didn’t move because the creaky floorboards might have spoiled the moment. . It turned out the guy had set things up with the museum a couple of weeks ago. He even had a photographer there to document things. The museum curator (coming out the door behind them) even contributed some champagne for the occasion. . Once the proposal was complete, I left the balcony and went downstairs to the courtroom. I confessed that I had been eavesdropping and congratulated them. I said, “That is the single most romantic thing I have ever seen. You made an old man cry.” (Little do they know that just about anything will make me cry!) . The curator told me that in all the years he’s been there it was the first time he’s witnessed a proposal. . P.S. If you are the couple in this post and want me to take it down, just tell me. But it was too cool not to post! (And congratulations again!) . #readersofinstagram #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives #GoodTrouble #rvlife #fulltimerv #nomad #solotravel #homeiswhereyouparkit #wanderlust