Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I’m reflecting on another trip I took last year. A month after I visited The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for an event with Hyundai. Because of the timing with my flight arrival, I was lucky enough to have almost an entire day to myself before my work event began. My hotel was within walking distance of so many important historical sites and museums, so I took full advantage of my opportunity to see all that I could.
My hotel happened to be right across the street from the Montgomery Visitor Center, so I popped over there first to catch the trolley. There, they mentioned to me that some roads were closed that day because Oprah was in town filming the movie Selma, which is now finished and hit theaters earlier this month:
Sure enough, when I got to the Alabama State Capitol, the road was closed to traffic and looked a little like a ghost town. I later heard rumors that Oprah and Niecy Nash were staying the same hotel I was at, but no, I didn’t run into either of them while I was there. 😉
I got some snapshots of the Capitol building and began walking down the street – the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is located right down from the Capitol.
I was promptly caught in a downpour of rain, so I stood under the eaves of a building across the street for a minute until it passed.
Dr. King was the pastor of this church and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott from his office in the basement.
I had intended to visit the Rosa Parks Library & Museum, but it was also closed in connection with the movie filming. However, there is a landmark sign right in front of the museum, denoting the bus stop where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and it’s pretty incredible to think about standing on the same spot. History comes alive in a special way when you get the opportunity to explore landmarks in person, so I was very fortunate to have this opportunity to visit Montgomery!