Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Obama Selma 2007
The Alabama Civil Rights Trail has become a major international destination.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has selected Alabama churches as future World Heritage Sites.  Two Baptist churches in Birmingham and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s church in Montgomery will be the first World Heritage Sites in America linked to the struggle for civil rights.

“What happened in Selma and Birmingham stirred the conscience of the nation.” — Barack Obama

Walk along the civil rights trail and follow the footsteps of the civil rights pioneers – from Birmingham to Greensboro, Slema, Montgomery and Tuskegee — who triumphed in the struggle for racial equality in America.

Without the struggles for voting rights in the 1960′s, Barack Obama could not have become president.  A few weeks after announcing his candidacy, he spoke in Selma in 2007 and paid tribute to leaders of the Civil Rights Movement who survived attacks and arrests during the violent demonstrations.  ”I stand on the shoulders of giants.  What happened in Selma and Birmingham stirred the conscience of the nation.”

The night he accepted the Democratic nomination in Denver, he mentioned  a 106-year-old woman who had seen great change in America.

“She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that ‘We Shall Overcome.’  Yes we can.”

The Alabama Civil Rights Trail includes Birmingham, Tuskegee, Montgomery and Selma.

“Alabama bears the scars of the civil rights era, and the monuments to that struggle inspire the courage to face new challenges.” — The Washington Post