Comments on trainings from public librarians:
“Thank you. I have attended countless trainings related to racial equity and social justice. This was the most empowering, actionable and inspirational. Wow.”
"Mia is a fantastic presenter and kept us engaged for the full session. I also really enjoyed the content and see many ways to apply it to my job and work in the community."
Comments on trainings from start-up company employees:
"Great stuff. Very provocative. It made me think as well as share. Thank you!”
“Loved the session. Challenged, moved, and inspired."
“I wish we could have done this all day - the interactive breakout sessions were transformative.”
"Thank you so much for your seminar. I talk about identity and privilege A LOT and I really pushed my comfort zone (in a good way) by bringing this conversation to the workplace. The interactive portions were both challenging and rewarding.”
“Really great workshop. I especially enjoyed understanding the connections between my identity and the power and oppression in our society.
reflections on Selma from K-12 teachers
“Yesterday I enjoyed walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge because in my mind that bridge doesn’t just represent an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement, but it symbolizes walking for freedom for any group of oppressed people.”
“Getting to walk across the Pettus Bridge and listening to Rev. Reese speak at the National Voting Rights Museum were the highlights for me – which I hope to bring with me back to the classroom.”
“Walking across the Pettus Bridge will become a life long memory.”
“Edmund Pettus Bridge – to cross where lives were taken for a right that should have been given. I was overwhelmed with feelings. Trod on. Trod on.”
Reflections on Birmingham from a high school student
“So far, this trip has done more for me than live up to my expectations. When I Iearn about a historical event or concept that has been ingrained into the psyche of a society, my mind isn’t able to fully attach it to the place it occurred. On our walks through the park where the Children’s March streamed into, a museum that really makes you a part of 1950-on culture and discussion with Freedom Rider Catherine [Burks Brooks] makes it entirely real.”
Overall impressions from students, teachers, and clergy
“…the books and the stories come to life. It is no longer just a story, but it is real. You can almost feel the souls and the sounds still around…”
“I have a greater appreciation for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement because of this trip.”
“All day, I’ve been pondering on how many more accounts will go on untold? My new outlook as a history teacher will be based on a behind the scenes theme.”
“I used to be closed-minded about the South and I feel like that was because I not only did not have the whole picture, but I also did not want to learn about the past. I am happy I pushed myself…”
“I wish that everyone in the USA had the opportunity to take a trip like this.”
“There is a lot to absorb. But it kindled passion, recognizing the battle is not over.”