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The deep racial divides and tragedies facing communities across the country today echo the struggles for equity and social justice of the Civil Rights era. We invite you to join IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program, in partnership with The Freedom '64 Project, on the Civil Rights Bus Tour and take a journey through history, to both reflect and engage in a meaningful dialogue about how to make a positive social change in our communities and organizations.


Read the full 2017 Civil Right's Bus Tour Program Description soon. 

Questions? Contact Tyson Elbert


“My wife and I and about 40 others made this trip at a time of rising anxiety among minorities and many whites about the increase in hate-related behavior following our recent presidential election.  The question hanging over us: will we allow the past to repeat itself?"

-John Merrow, Board Member, IEL

Read his full blog here. 




When Martin Luther King, Jr. made the call for people to join him in the march from Selma to Montgomery, all kinds of allies showed up: black, white, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, young and old. People were called to a movement that was fundamentally about human rights, and the belief that we all deserve the same rights and liberties. In a similar way, and without anticipating it, we realized on the last day of our bus tour that we as a group had unified around this common powerful experience, and pledged to support one another in our own work to advance civil and human rights."

-Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy at the Coalition for Community Schools, IEL (EPFP '10-11)

Read her full blog here. 


Read more in this article from Inside Higher Ed.

January 21-24, 2018

The Civil Rights Bus Tour spans from Jackson, Mississippi to Birmingham, Alabama, led by a Civil Rights leader, Roscoe Jones Sr. The experience focuses on both places and stories that delve deep into the movement, lifting up the narratives that shaped the past and inform the present, including: 

Past stops:

  • Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, MS
  • Meridian Freedom Project
  • First Union Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL


 Past speakers:

  • Peggy Gibson, Pastor at the Mt. Zion Union Methodist Church, church that was burned by KKK.
  • Jewel Rush McDonald and Evelyn Cole Calloway, survivors of the Mt. Zion attack.
  • Anna Stevenson, Program Development Director of the Meridian Freedom Project.
  • Doug Jones, US Attorney, who personally led the team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
  • Jerry Mitchell, who worked to put four Klansmen behind bars for their assassination of NAACP leaders Medgar Evers and Vernon Dahmer, for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls, and for the killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.

Bus Tour Team

Helen Janc Malone
National Director, EPFP

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Tyson Elbert
MS EPFP Coordinator

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Roscoe Jones, Sr.
Freedom '64 Project

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Sarah McCann
National Coordinator, EPFP

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