Just Peace Pilgrimage



Racial Justice Pilgrimage


8 days
Ages 18+, families of all ages
Just Peace Pilgrimage





https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/just-peace-pilgrimage/United States/10/Racial Justice Pilgrimage

This pilgrimage towards racial justice is shaped by four chapters exploring the history and lessons from:

  1. The U.S. Civil Rights movement - explores the history, significance and ongoing implications of the civil rights struggle in the United States.
  2. South Africa and its struggle against apartheid - focuses on the social constructs created around race and how they so thoroughly defined, and continue to define, South African society.
  3. The Underground Railroad emancipatory trail in the U.S.
  4. West Africa and the font of the slave trade

Each chapter of this pilgrimage will push and challenge pilgrims to

  • better understand the history of racial injustice;
  • understand the challenges and inequality that such history has created in our social structures and systems, and
  • explore ways in which we can confront these realities so as to work towards a just peace where everyone, especially our siblings of color, can experience equality, equity and dignity.

Sample itinerary—U.S. Civil Rights movement

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Travel to Atlanta 

Dinner with Casa Alterna 

Day 2 (Wednesday)

Human and Civil Rights walking tour of Atlanta 

Afternoon: Travel to Montgomery  

Evening: Check-in and debrief 

Day 3 (Thursday)

National Memorial for Peace and Justice 

Evening: Check-in and debrief 

Day 4 (Friday)

Tour of Montgomery and Selma 

Afternoon/Evening: Check-in and Prep for Friday: review story of Freedom Summer murders and watch Neshoba: The Price of Freedom 

Day 5 (Saturday)

Tour of Philadelphia, MS, story of Freedom Summer murders 

Dancing Rabbit Treaty Site 

Meal and contacts at Nanih Waiya Mennonite Church 

Evening: Check-in 

Lodging at Pine Lake Camp 

Day 6 (Sunday)

Worship with Open Door Mennonite Church in Jackson 

Conversation with folks from Open Door 

Evening: Check-in 

Day 7 (Monday)

Jackson or Memphis 

Evening check-in and ending celebration 

Day 8 (Tuesday)

Travel day home  

Pilgrims set out not so much to assist strangers but to eat with them. They journey in the wisdom about transformation held in the Rwandan proverb “if you cannot hear the mouth eating, you cannot hear the mouth crying.

- From The “Practice of Pilgrimage” by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, Reconciling All Things, 2008.


Constituent ID: 10