Civil Rights Road Trip for 1U Youth Group

Civil Rights Road Trip for 1U Youth Group

Crowdfunding Completed: May 18, 2017

Amount Funded: $1120

Project Owner: First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Short Description of Project

OrlandoUU youth group would like to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement, how we fit into it and what our next steps might be via a trip to AL.

How was this project connected to UU?

First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 1U, has over a 100 year history of liberal faith in Central Florida.

The mission of our congregation is to exemplify liberal religion in Central Florida with a commitment to lifelong spiritual growth and compassionate service to the community.

One of the ways we do this is by empowering and engaging our children and youth.

We have a vibrant Children's Religious Education program that includes kids 8 months through 18 years old. We offer RE classes for kids and youth, lower elementary OWL, upper elementary OWL, Middle School OWL, High School OWL, Coming of Age and Youth Group.

We engage our kids many ways. In service on Sunday mornings where kids are always welcome and in age appropriate RE and OWL classes. Our youth volunteer within our congregation in coffee hour, the AV booth and in worship service. They attend our various Wednesday evening classes like Conversations With Our Faith Neighbors and Issues & Actions. Our youth love to connect with the community as well in the many social justice and outreach opportunities that 1U continues to support, promote and show up to. We are leading the change and bending the arch.

Full Description of Project

First Unitarian Church of Orlando is proud to have it's first youth group in many years, now 17 members strong!

Throughout this first year, our group has engaged and connected with our congregation, other faiths in our area and with our community at large. We studied world religion, visited other faith churches, temples and festivals. We hosted speakers of other faiths and attended interfaith events. We participated in worship services. We ran a 5K to support United Against Poverty Orlando and we regularly volunteer at Second Harvest, a local food bank. We also attended our local Pride Parade, Women's March, BLM marches and collected donations for one of our community partners, New Image Youth Center, an intercity after care facility.

We'd like to further our education and interest in the Civil Rights Movement, better understand how we as teens in 2017 fit into it and identify what our next steps toward ending racial injustice might be. After all, you keep telling us we are the future.

Here are all the amazing things we hope to see and learn from:

We'll start with a tour of 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Then we travel to Selma and do the Martin Luther King Jr Street walking tour which includes Brown Chapel. Go across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. Have a picnic Lunch at Riverfront Park. Start the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail at the Selma Interpretive Center. Travel to midway point, Lowndes Interpretive Center. Then on to Montgomery (stopping at historic markers). Next a State Capital Tour and the Civil Rights Memorial and Center. Followed by the Dexter Ave King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage Museum and Rosa Parks Museum. On the last day of our four day trip we travel to Tuskegee, see the Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center. And finally travel to Atlanta to visit the MLK National Historic Site. 

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