Helping You Plan Your Civil Rights Tour

Hi, I'm Mia Henry and I'm thrilled to apply my nearly 10 years of experience at leading civil rights tours to help you plan your tour.

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What You Can Expect

This is a critical resource for leaders planning to take a group on a tour of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The guide includes:

  • Templates to help you budget, set goals and draft your itinerary.

  • Tips to connect with local guides, eat great food, and visit must-see sites

  • Full access for one year and downloadable materials available you can keep forever and make your own

  • Options for consultation with Mia, who can help you make the best use of the resources and customize your tour to meet the needs of your group.

Course Curriculum

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    Part 1: Setting Goals and Budget

    • Why Civil Rights History is Important Today

    • What Should You See?

    • The U.S. Civil Rights Trail

    • TEMPLATE: Tour Budget

    • 6 Tips for Fundraising

    • Task 1: Setting Goals for Your Tour

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    Part 2: Preparing Participants

    • The Trip Begins Before the Trip Begins

    • Before You Go

    • TEMPLATE: Tour Promotion Flyers

    • Recommended Films, Articles, Curricula and More!

    • Padlet: Resources Related to the Civil Rights Movement

    • For Teachers: Civil Rights Teaching Lesson Plans by Teaching for Change

    • Task 2: Planning your pre- and post-trip activities

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    Part 3: Planning Logistics

    • Eating and Sleeping Matter

    • Creating Time and Space to Process

    • Sample Journal Prompts

    • TEMPLATE: Hotel Room List

    • TEMPLATE: Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

    • Local Guides and Tours - Alabama

    • Local Guides and Tours - Mississippi

    • Local Guides and Tours - Tennessee

    • Recommended Restaurants and Catering

    • Music! To Play and To Sing

    • More Social Movement History Tours

    • Task 3: Drafting Your Itinerary

  • 5

    Next steps

    • Congrats! You're ready to go!

    • Almost done!

    • Schedule Your Consultation

    • One last thing...

Your Virtual Guide

More about Mia

Facilitator and Civil Rights Educator

Mia Henry

Mia has personally led dozens of Civil Rights tours for youth and adults to Alabama, Mississippi, and other key regions in the U.S. Deep South. Mia was born and raised in the South, the daughter of Civil Rights activists. Mia has more than 25 years of experience in civic and history education, nonprofit management, facilitation, youth development, and intergenerational community organizing. In addition to work at Freedom Lifted, Mia has served as the executive director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School, and the associate director of Mikva Challenge. Mia earned her B.S. from Rutgers University and her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.


What our travelers are saying

The consummate planner with a strong sense of mission

Theresa Collins, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL

Mia is the consummate planner, considering every single detail and logistical possibility. Even better than her meticulous mind is Mia’s strong sense of mission. Mia offers much more than a travel experience. She offers transformational experiential education that inspires and impacts.

Knowledge, passion, and ability to connect

Rev. Scott Spencer, Pastor, Woodridge Congregational Church, Cranston, RI

Mia's personal knowledge of the region, passion for its Civil Rights history, and ability to connect us with local social justice leaders and Civil Rights veterans deepened our experience and challenged us to rethink our own social justice commitments.

Exceptionally thorough and thoughtful

Nancy Nagramada, Head of Upper School The San Francisco School, CA

Mia is exceptionally thorough and thoughtful. The combination of her skills as a veteran educator to design meaningful learning experiences and her logistical prowess to organize it all will no doubt make your Civil Rights study trip a transformative one.

Worked tirelessly to support me and my students

Mike Pavlis, Brooklyn East Collegiate High School

Mia gave me all the tools to take my students from Brooklyn on a trip throughout Alabama. She connected me with foot soldiers to meet, suggested museums and sites, tour guides, hotels and restaurants, and outlined a schedule that maximized our time and was both financially workable and easily replicable year after year. Mia was incredibly patient and worked tirelessly to support me and our students. Five years later our program owes everything to her! #BEC2BAMA

Want even more help planning your tour?

Sign up for our Justice Journey Package and get these extras:

  • Consultation Call

    A personalized zoom call with Mia to help you plan a tour that meets the needs of your particular group. Support might include refining goals, setting a budget, tips for fundraising, and help planning a pre-trip orientation. Your call can include as many group members as you’d like.

  • Swag Bags

    Gifts in the mail! We’ll send you two copies of the Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail Guide by Deborah D. Douglas, two tote bags, two journals, and more!

  • Bonus enrollment

    Access to the digital guide for another person from your group.

  • Customized Travel Plan

    A detailed document which includes a suggested itinerary and specific contacts and resources relevant to your group's goals and planned activities.

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Schedule a free 20-min consultation to ask questions and get a short demo of the online materials.