The Diversity Center

Civil Rights Tour of Georgia and Alabama
Alternative Spring Break Experience 2014

March 23 - March 28, 2014


Important Dates

Application Live:  December 2, 2013  
Application Deadline:  January 3, 2014  
Notification:  January 6, 2014  
Initial Payment:  January 21, 2014  
Final Payment:  March 3, 2014

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, March 23

  • Depart SEATAC to Atlanta Georgia
  • Overnight in Atlanta

Monday, March 24

  • The King Center
  • Depart Atlanta for Montgomery Alabama
  • Overnight in Montgomery

Tuesday, March 25

  • Civil Rights Memorial Center
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Overnight in Montgomery

Wednesday, March 26

  • The Dexter Parsonage Museum
  • Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
  • Depart Montgomery for Birmingham Alabama
  • Overnight in Birmingham 

Thursday, March 27

  • 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Kelly Ingram Park and The Civil Rights District
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Overnight in Birmingham

Friday, March 28

  • Depart Birmingham for Atlanta to travel to SEATAC

The $1100.00 fee covers air and ground travel, lodging, group tour expenses, and some meals.  

Only one small to medium size bag plus one personal bag (i.e. backpack) per person is allowed.  We encourage you to pack a bag that can be brought onto the flight.  Any costs associated with checking luggage will be your responsibility.

The following are some suggestions of things to pack for the six-day trip:

  • Clothes/shoes for six days
  • Driver's License/Military ID/Passport/Student ID
  • Debit or credit card and cash
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and charger
  • Umbrella
  • Journal
  • Snacks for van rides and hotel room
  • Jacket or sweater

**Weather down South can be anywhere from 45 to 75 degrees in mid-March**


Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings.  These meetings will serve to introduce participants to The Civil Rights Movement through readings, films, and guest lectures.  The culture of the South will also be discussed.

In Georgia and Alabama

We will be staying in a hotel each night and students will be sharing rooms (3-4 students per room).  Students who are underage are expect NOT to consume alcoholic beverages at any time on the trip.  Students who are 21 are allowed to responsibly consume alcoholic beverages that are purchased from licensed alcohol purveying establishments (i.e. bar or restaurant) if they choose.  Alcohol is not permitted in hotel rooms or in the van.

All students are expected to behave in a responsible, mature manner that is congruent with PLU's Student Code of Conduct.  All students are expected to be respectful toward all people we interact with on the trip, and to represent The Diversity Center and PLU in a possible manner throughout the trip.


Students will be asked to complete a trip assessment, present their trip reflections to a group of Diversity Center Alumni, and attend the Spirit of Diversity Awards (May 2014).

Application Deadline

Friday, January 3, 2014

All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm for consideration.


Monday, January 6, 2014

An email will be sent to students whose applications have been approved by the trip leaders by 5:00pm.

Initial Deposit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

An initial payment of $600.00 must be received by noon.  Checks should be made payable to The Diversity Center, and dropped in The Diversity Center (UC 150).  

Final Payment

Monday, March 3, 2014

The final payment of $500.00 must be received by noon.  Checks should be made payable to The Diversity Center, and dropped off in The Diversity Center (UC 150).

For more information, please contact

Angie Hambrick, Director - The Diversity Center

Rick Eastman, Associate Director (Emeritus) - Student Involvement and Leadership

Lace Smith