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The Living Legacy Pilgrimage 2013

Dear  Friends,

The 2013 Living Legacy Pilgrimage (LLP) is once again providing an opportunity for Unitarian Universalists and friends to discover the history, the courage, and the commitment of the struggle for civil rights in this country. This is a spiritual journey, one that invites every participant to become a pilgrim, examining their own commitments as we carry the legacy of the civil rights veterans into today's world. It is an experience you will not forget. 

The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is a journey to meet the people, hear the stories, and visit the sites that changed the world in the Civil Rights Movement. This eight-day experience takes us from Birmingham, Alabama, where the 1963 bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church killed four little girls, Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to Oxford, Mississippi, where James Meredith became the first African American to integrate iconic Ole Miss. 

The Pilgrimage is much more than a civil rights history tour. In addition to visiting historic sites, we meet veterans, many of them unsung heroes and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, such as Willie Nell Avery, Joanne Bland, Rev. Robert Graetz, and Hollis Watkins. Additionally, we are spending time exploring what today’s racism, white privilege, and barriers to equality look like in the Southern towns we visit -- and in our own hometowns. As a spiritual pilgrimage, we reflect on what we experience together so when we each return home we can apply what we have learned to make a difference in today's world. 

Civil rights movement veterans and talented musicians help us engage the stories and music of the Movement.Songwriter and music educator, Reggie Harris, whose repertoire includes music of the Freedom Movement, is part of the Living Legacy Pilgrimage staff.  Reggie is one-half of the musical duo Kim and Reggie Harris. Reggie's music and storytelling deepens our journey and offers the opportunity for each of us to engage in Beloved Community by joining our voices in song. Many of us enjoyed his music during General Assembly 2013.

Endorsed by the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Living Legacy Project and Pilgrimage works through the Southeast District of the Unitarian Universalist Association as its fiscal agency.  The Living Legacy Project is in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice to offer Civil Rights Journeys, specially tailored for young people ages 15-20. Watch for upcoming announcements for 2014.

People of all faiths, agnostics, and atheists are welcome. Each pilgrimage is multifaith.

Good news!  UUA Multicultural Ministries is embracing social media so all may join the journey.  Please share the journey with us!

The 2013 Living Legacy Pilgrimage is being broadcast as widely as possible so those who can’t join us can share in the experience of learning about the Civil Rights Movement and how it applies to their lives. Please join us! 

Dream with us. Strategize with us. Build community with us. Support us…
Join us in this holy work.

Masakhane, Janice

Janice Marie Johnson 
Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director

"Masakhane" is a rich and resonant word from the Nguni family of languages of South Africa, of which Zulu and Xhosa are two. Loosely translated into English it means, "Let us build together."

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