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Political History & Civil Rights School Trip to Atlanta

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A politics school trip to Atlanta and Alabama will give your pupils the opportunity to explore the history of the civil rights movement in the USA!

Both Alabama and Atlanta are known for some incredible acts of activism during the 1950s and 1960s, which paved the way for civil rights triumphs throughout the USA.

On your politics school trip to Atlanta and Alabama, you can choose from a wide range of visits in both the state of Alabama and the city of Atlanta, to ensure that your school trip meets your specific learning objectives.

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 7 days/5 nights )

Martin Luther King Center, Atlanta

Visit the Martin Luther King Center!

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the official, living memorial to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here, your students will learn more about his work.

The organisation was founded by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., in the year following his assassination. Originally operating out of the King’s family home, the centre moved to its current location in 1981.

The centre is dedicated to research, education and  training in the principles, philosophy and methods of Kingian nonviolence.

Did you know?

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center lies within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Other important buildings here include his boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was baptised and where both he and his father served as pastors.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama

Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute!

Learn all about Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and gain a deeper understanding of human rights issues worldwide at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute!

Located in the city’s famous Civil Rights District, the institute focuses on using the lessons of the past to help to chart a new future free of discrimination.

Your students will also learn more about the lives of African-Americans before and during the Civil Rights Movement.

Did you know?

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is located in the city’s Civil Rights District, a downtown area of the city where many significant events took place during the 1950s and 1960s. As well as the institute, the district is home to the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was the target of a racially-motivated bombing in 1963 and Kelly Ingram Park, where many civil rights protests were held.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama

Visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site!

Learn all about the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen who were the first African-Americans to fly in the US military!

Prior to 1940, African-Americans weren’t allowed to fly in the US Air Force, but that changed in 1941 due to considerable pressure from civil rights movements. A military ‘experiment’ to see if African-Americans could be trained to fly was set up at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Of course, they could and they went on to be one of the highest regarded fighter groups of the Second World War.

The Tuskegee Airmen’s story of overcoming segregation and discrimination paved the way for other African-Americans to join the US military.

Did you know?

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-Americans to fly in the US military, but they weren’t the first African-American fighter pilots. It’s believed that honour goes to Eugene Bullard, who flew for France in the First World War.

Day 1




Flight to Atlanta, on arrival transfer to accommodation


Free time to explore and eat

Day 2


Guided sightseeing tour of Atlanta including CNN, Coca Cola and the Martin Luther King Center


Walk through Centennial Park

Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights


Depart for Montgomery for overnight

Day 3


Tour Montgomery including Dexter Church, Civil Rights Memorial Center and Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Visit the Alabama State Capitol


Depart for Selma via the National Civil Rights Trail

Visit the National Rights Museum, Brown Chapel AME Church and Edmund Pettus Bridge


Depart for Birmingham for overnight

Day 4


Tour the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park


Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art


Overnight Birmingham

Day 5


Depart for Tuskegee where you will visit Motion Field and Tuskegee Army Field

Visit Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center


Depart for Atlanta with a visit to the Jimmy Carter Center


Overnight Atlanta

Day 6


Free time for shopping

Transfer to the airport


Overnight flight home to the UK



Day 7




Arrival in the UK



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Educational activities and visits

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Institute documents the history of Birmingham's role in the Civil… Read more

Brown Chapel A.M.E Church

Brown Chapel A.M.E Church

Both the building and the members of Brown Chapel AME Church played pivotal roles in the… Read more

CNN Atlanta

CNN Atlanta

Ever wondered what the inside of a news studio looks like? Take the Inside CNN Studio Tour… Read more

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

In this National Historic Landmark see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr… Read more

National Voting Rights Museum

National Voting Rights Museum

Located in the historic district of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus… Read more

Rosa Parks Museum

Rosa Parks Museum

The Rosa Parks Museum is a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery, co… Read more

The Martin Luther King Center

The Martin Luther King Center

Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living… Read more

Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center

Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center

The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center is a tax-exempt non-profit orga… Read more


Baymont Inn & Suites Atlanta
Days Inn Birmingham
Days Inn Montgomery Midtown
Baymont Inn & Suites Atlanta

With a premier address in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Baymont Inn and Suites Atlanta is within walking distance to fine dining, shopping, major attractions and venues including the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia State University, World of Coca-Cola and much more.

This seven-storey hotel offers 242 guestrooms with exterior corridors. Complimentary room amenities include wireless Internet access, local phone calls, and weekday newspapers. Additional amenities include cable TV with premium channels, coffeemakers, and video games (a surcharge applies).

Days Inn Birmingham

The hotel offers complimentary Continental breakfast daily as well as complimentary weekday newspapers. Guests have access to a seasonal outdoor pool and laundry facilities.

This three-storey hotel has 106 guestrooms and six suites. All guestrooms offer cable TV with HBO, coffee/tea makers, hair dryers, and irons with boards. Suites include microwaves, refrigerators, and sofa beds, and have interior corridors.

Days Inn Montgomery Midtown

The Days Inn Midtown in Montgomery offers an outdoor pool with picnic area and BBQ grills, there is also a laundry facility on the premises. Rooms offer many amenities including a microwave and refridgerator, hairdryer, iron and ironing boarding and a satellite TV.

The hotel is located close to local attractions and within walking distance to many restaurants. 

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