Birmingham, Alabama

Kelly Ingram Park

Alabama State Capitol Building

Birmingham, Alabama

Nicknamed “The Magic City” due to the quick growth in population and opportunity from 1881-1920, as well as it is the only city in the world that has all the ingredients in its soil to make iron. As such, this city is known for steel and iron production. This city will take you on a definitive and emotional story of the civil rights era that changed the fabric of American life. You will visit important sites that defined the Civil Rights in America and sparked a movement.





Please see a sample itinerary below. All itineraries are fully customizable.

Trip Inclusions


Day 1

Day 1: Exploring Birmingham’s Civil Rights Legacy, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame


Arrive in Birmingham where you will meet your A-Z Travels Tour Director. Your introduction to Birmingham Civil Rights History led by your A-Z Travels Tour Director, highlights the city’s pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Visit Kelly Ingram Park, known as the “ground zero” for the Civil Rights protests in Birmingham. Students will see powerful sculptures and memorials depicting the struggles for equality.


After lunch, visit Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a National Historic Landmark known for its tragic history as the site of the 1963 bombing that killed four young girls.

Admission to Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, where students will learn about the intersection of jazz music and the Civil Rights Movement, celebrating the contributions of African American musicians.


Your welcome dinner is served followed by a Ghost Tour focusing on Civil Rights Era Sites, offering a unique perspective on the city’s haunted history intertwined with its Civil Rights legacy.

Retire to the hotel for the evening.


Day 2

Day 2: Journey Through Selma’s Historic Sites, Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Voting Rights Museum & Institute


After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Selma, with commentary from you’re a-Z Travels Tour Director, on the significance of Selma in the Civil Rights Movement.

Visit to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a symbol of Bloody Sunday and the subsequent Selma to Montgomery marches, pivotal events in the fight for voting rights.

Admission to the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute, providing a comprehensive understanding of the struggle for voting rights in America.


After a nourishing lunch, visit Brown Chapel AME Church, a focal point for Civil Rights activities and organizing meetings, including the starting point of the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Admission to the Old Depot Museum, showcasing Selma’s history and its role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Visit to Selma-to-Montgomery Trail Interpretative Center, where students will gain insights into the historic march for voting rights.


Dinner at a local restaurant in Selma, providing an opportunity to savor Southern cuisine and engage in discussions about the day’s discoveries.

Travel to Montgomery, check in to the hotel and enjoy free time for relaxation.


Day 3

Day 3: Montgomery’s Civil Rights. Dexter Parsonage Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, Alabama State Capitol


After breakfast, visit the Dexter Parsonage Museum, the former home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Students will gain insight into King’s life and legacy.

Admission to Rosa Parks Museum, located at the site where Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus. The museum highlights her act of defiance and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement.

Visit to the Alabama State Capitol, where key Civil Rights events, including the Selma to Montgomery marches, culminated. Students will explore the historic building and its significance in American history.


Lunch at a local restaurant provides an opportunity to share reflections on the trip overall.

Visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Students will tour the church and learn about its role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Guided tour of Montgomery’s Historic District, including additional landmarks and sites relevant to the Civil Rights Movement. Time for souvenir shopping, before you begin your safe journey home.


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