May 22 - 26, 2017
The week of May 22-26 pilgrims from Myers Park Baptist, Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, and the greater Charlotte community will journey together through the Deep South, visiting museums, memorials, and other significant places of the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life.
The pilgrimage is the culmination of a year-long series entitled “Awakening to Racial Injustice,” attended by members of both congregations and the broader community. While the Awakening to Racial Injustice series has been going on, our city has experienced significant unrest, as we’ve struggled to come to terms with the racial realities of our city. The untimely and unnecessary deaths of Justin Carr and Keith Scott have been ever present in our minds as we have engaged in this season of learning and growing together. As part of this learning, we've examined national and local data, historical exclusion, and mass incarceration (to name a few). We have learned definitions of race, and how race functions in our society. We learned how U.S. policies can benefit some demographics while harming others. Environmental racism, implicit bias, and white privilege were other topics presented by professionals ranging from community organizers, to religious leaders, to university professors. We established small groups, called “covenant groups,” to encourage conversation across lines of difference. Most importantly, we've been awakened to the systemic oppression that many of our sisters and brothers encounter each day.
As we walk in the footsteps of the Civil Rights Movement, our hope is to learn together, sing together, pray together, and return together as a diverse and yet unified group that is renewed in our commitment to racial justice. Together, we will remember our past and forge a new way forward, together.
Throughout our journey, we will post stories from the road on this site. Subscribe below and stay tuned for more updates and pictures. You can also follow us on social media using the hashtags #AwakenDeepSouth and #DeepSouthPilgrim. Updates will also be posted to our Facebook account @Myers Park Baptist.
Looking forward to sharing the journey with you!
The Awakening Series seeks to engage the intersections of culture and faith, particularly around areas of injustice and moral responsibility. Through faith formation opportunities that address issues of our daily lives, we are working to create shalom (wholeness, equity, justice, and peace) for all.