The 2012-2013 RTIEL Essay Contest topic related to the Freedom Rides, and in order to write the essays, the RTIEL Scholars watched the documentary on the Freedom Rides. As part of the Civil Rights Tour, the Scholars visited the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, Alabama and took photographs of this charter bus parked in Selma, Alabama commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.
After touring the Freedom Rides Museum, the Scholars also toured the Alabama State Capitol and visited Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. The Scholars sported their Freedom Ride Museum t-shirts at the bowling alley!
The Scholars attended the Freedom Flame Awards Banquet, where the Keynote Speaker was writer and civil rights activist, Mr. Dick Gregory. Two of the Scholars were able to have their picture taken with Mr. Gregory.
On Sunday, the Scholars were joined on the Edmund Pettus Bridge by several supporters of the RTIEL organization. As they crossed the bridge, the Scholars were honored to be marching with tens of thousands of other individuals commemorating Bloody Sunday!