MCH youth had a unique opportunity to personally connect with civil rights history over Martin Luther King, Jr. day in January. Eleven youth from Methodist Children's Home attended the four-day Central Texas Conference Civil Rights Road Trip.
Our young people joined with youth and adults from five other churches in the Central Texas Conference for the trip organized by Steve Heyduck, Methodist Children's Home chaplain.
The trip took youth by bus to several historic civil rights locations such as Little Rock Central High School, The National Civil Rights Museum, The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, The National Voting Rights Museum, The Edmund Pettus Bridge, 16th Street Baptist Church and several other sites.
All of our young people were profoundly affected by the sites, but the most emotional moment of the trip came when some of our youth lead the group in a silent march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, peaceful civil rights marchers were violently confronted by law enforcement officials on the bridge.
For all of our youth, the trip was a profound reminder of the sacrifices made by civil rights leaders and protesters. Following are some pictures from the trip.