Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

‘Get on the Bus’ for civil rights tour


Rosa Parks statue in the National Civil Rights Museum at Memphis
In September, join Bishop Jimmy Nunn and other Oklahoma United Methodists who will travel by chartered bus to tour the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock (Arkansas) Central High School.

“Get on the Bus” organizers said participants will have conversations about race relations, racism, white privilege, social bias, and intercultural competence as they travel.

Dates are Sept. 20-23.

The Memphis museum is located at the assassination site of Martin Luther King Jr. and pays tribute and homage to the legacy of this great leader, but it also is dedicated to the thousands of people who were part of the overall American Civil Rights Movement.

Little Rock Central High School is recognized for its role in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. The persistence of nine African-American students in attending the formerly all-white Central High School is viewed as the most prominent example of the implementation of the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in “Brown vs. Board of Education.”

The September journey is sponsored by the Oklahoma Conference’s Commission on Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century (SBC-21), Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), Board of Church and Society, and the “Get on the Bus” design team.

This trip is a follow-up to a 2017 experience in Tulsa, “Get on the Bus: Let’s Talk About Race,” which was sponsored by SBC-21 and CORR.

​To see the full trip schedule and to ​register​, visit this page.

Registration is $295 per person, which provides for double-occupancy hotel lodging, breakfasts and suppers, and administrative expenses.

Transportation costs for the charter bus have been underwritten. Souvenirs and lunches are not included in the price. Single-occupancy lodging, an additional cost, must be arranged immediately through Twila Gibbens or Trina Bose North.

For more information, contact Gibbens by email to ​twila.gibbens@gmail.com or call 918-508-9079, or call  Bose North at 405-535-8288.



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