July 21 Registration Deadline for August Sankofa Journey

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CHICAGO, IL (July 6, 2009) – Space is still available for the Sankofa journey scheduled for August 6-9. Registrations and fees will be accepted until July 21.

Sankofa is a West African word meaning “looking backward to move forward.” During the four-day bus journey, participants are paired with someone of another race and travel through historic sites of importance to the Civil Rights movement, such as the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama; the Kelly Ingram West Park with its graphic and moving sculptures, and the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

SculptureThe accompanying photo is of one of the sculptures from Kelly Ingram West Park. Click here to see additional photos taken during an earlier Sankofa journey and a visit to the 16th Street Baptist Church, including a historic photo of police confronting marchers that along with other images may have influenced the artist who created the sculpture shown here.

When visiting the Sankofa website, click on the photo gallery link to see additional photos of the church and park. Click here to download a PDF version of the registration form for the August trip.

For the first time, the journey will include a stop at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for Sankofa. To read a previous story about the journey’s influence, click here.

Although future Sankofas are anticipated, none are yet scheduled. Because Midwinter will be held in Denver this year, the traditional post-Midwinter Sankofa journey will not be offered.

Cost is $425 for participants affiliated with Covenant congregations and $475 for people who do not attend a Covenant church. For more information, visit the Sankofa website or email Chrissy Palmerlee.

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