Monday, December 8, 2008

A Journey That Shapes the Future

This video was made at a reunion for Kids on the Hill youth who went on the 2005-2008 civil rights tours.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Letters from youth at Kids on the Hill

Why do you want to go on the Civil Rights Tour?

I want to go on the Civil Rights trip because I’ve never been before. Being of mixed race, I think it would benefit me greatly to go and learn about past struggles. I should be chosen because I’m friendly and open to new things. I would sell things like candy and DVDs to raise money. -Allison

I believe I should go (on the Civil Rights trip) because I think there have been many things I have missed out on in school and in textbooks that I haven’t learned before. I believe I should be chosen because if I go I will have more respect for the previous Black women and men of the past, because every time Black History month comes around I am not interested at all so this will have a major impact. –Sylvia

I should go on the Civil Rights Tour because it would be a wonderful experience. First, I have always wanted to know all I can about how black people made a difference. Second, I always wanted to travel places. Third, I am a people person who loves to speak out. When I get ready to write for what college I want to go to I can use the Civil Rights trip to make my dreams come true. I should be chosen because I would love to meet new people. I know myself and if I go on this trip I will cry and it will change my life. If I am chosen I will have a new outlook on life. I would like to know as much as I can on Black History because without it I would not know where I came from. My outlook would be I would not take things for granted. I would work harder in life so I could make so many blacks happy. I will respect the people before me and watch what I say. It would make me reach for my dreams and goals. -India

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Last year's participants

Jasmine Reflects on the 2008 Civil Rights Trip

"What would I have done as a child back in Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement? Well, I would be a 9 or 10 year-old child. I am marching with my buddy from the church toward the park, and we are side by side marching in sync. As we are marching I will recall my family struggles at this time, how my father is not working, and unable to find a job, and my mom receives threats to be fired from her job. My mom continues to take me to meetings at the church. I see the suffering that is going on and I want to make a difference. I know that it may help out my family and benefit future generations to come. As I continue to walk toward the policemen at the park and get ready to go to jail I know that what I am doing is the right thing to do and I will be able to tell other people about my story, my fight for civil rights."
–Jasmine, Kids on the Hill '08

Help Send a Student on a Civil Rights Tour

For the past five years, high-school students from Kids on the Hill, The Park School, and Baltimore City College High School have embarked on a Civil Rights Trip that has been life changing! On January 23, 2009 a diverse group of twenty-five students will visit historic sites and museums commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. Our youth will journey to Atlanta, Birmingham, Little Rock, Montgomery, Memphis, Selma, and Tuskegee.

As we explore the history of the African-American Civil Rights Movement and its modern day legacy, we hope to each undergo our own transformative voyage, one that dissolves barriers and stereotypes, allows new friendships to form, and educates us about the past so that we will be inspired to change the future.

We are all familiar with the stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., but we hope to learn about the countless and often nameless individuals who worked tirelessly to change America.

In preparation for our trip our young people met with Georgia Congressman John Lewis last month. He is the only living member of “The Big Six” who planned the 1963 March on Washington. Congressman Lewis was one of the most beaten, harassed, and imprisoned persons involved in the Movement. He serves as an inspirational example of the strength and conviction needed in the battle for equality and justice.

For many of the families involved, this trip is a financial burden they cannot afford. If you are able to help send a young person on this tour, please consider making a donation by clicking on the “Chip In” button to the right of this blog.

We welcome you along on our virtual travel blog and hope that you will be inspired by the stories our youth discover and share.

Thank you very much,

Rebecca Yenawine
Founder/Art and Curriculum Director
Kids on the Hill