CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR

Spring break has flown by way too quickly! I can’t believe I only have one more day of sleeping in and enjoying break. This year, I traveled with Trevecca’s gospel choir and jazz ensemble to Birmingham, Meridian, New Orleans, and Memphis…in FOUR days. It was a pretty tiring trip, but it was an amazing experience. The two groups combined to sing and play some awesome gospel music.

On day one, we traveled to Birmingham to visit the Civil Rights Institute. We learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the people, young and old, who contributed to it. After we went through the museum, we sang on the steps of the iconic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which was the site of the civil rights meetings and the bombing that killed four innocent girls. The curator of the church heard us and invited us inside to sing. It was incredible being on the very stage Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at. That church holds so much history, and having the privilege to sing there was amazing.

On day two, we went to Meridian, Mississippi and sang at the church of Rev. Charles Johnson, who played a role in some of the Civil Rights movement that was happening in Mississippi. God definitely swept over that place, and the experience there was one I won’t forget. That evening, we traveled to Ocean Springs, a small town just outside Biloxi, Mississippi. The people there were so sweet and really enjoyed having us there, so I loved being able to sing there.

Monday was probably my favorite day of the trip. We traveled to New Orleans, which is one of my favorite cities to go to. We starated by singing on the steps of Jackson Square right in the heart of the French Quarter. The jazz band and gospel choir went back and forth, from singing gospel to playing jazz music. I had so much fun at that concert, and seeing people stop and listen was pretty cool too. We had a few hours to roam the city after we sang, so I went and had some super good seafood, followed by some delicious beignets and cafe au lait at the world-famous Cafe du Monde.

On our last day, we traveled to Memphis and visited a museum at the former location of Stax Records. We learned all about the music that came out of Memphis. After that, we went downtown and visited the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. MLK’s death. Seeing the window where the shot was fired from gave me chills, but remembering what a huge impact MLK had on this country was very humbling. We sang one of our songs, which I believe was an African spiritual, in front of the motel. After visiting the motel, we got to go to the city and hang out for awhile. A few of us went up to the top of the Peabody Hotel and went to the top floor and were able to see the whole city from there.

On our way back to Nashville, me and Justin, one of the other Trevecca Live bloggers, made a vlog about the trip. Enjoy :)

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