A Journey of Faith: the UU Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Visiting the sites of civil rights activity forty to fifty years ago and talking with veterans of that Movement affects one’s thoughts and feelings; it provides superb preparation for deepening one’s understanding and commitment for work on the issues of race, oppression, and injustice that still bedevil Unitarian Universalism.

The vision of the Living Legacy Project is to re-imagine social possibility in the world today by experiencing the depth of human spirit in the Civil Rights Movement.The Living Legacy Pilgrimage is bringing together people to connect our Unitarian Universalist legacy of work in the Civil Rights Movement to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) current commitment to becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution and to understanding the responsibility of the UUA and our congregations in doing the important work of racial reconciliation where it is indicated and necessary.

For more information and to register, visit the Living Legacy website.


Sorry, the 2012 Pilgrimage is full! Registration is officially closed. However, if you would like to placed on a waiting list or be added to our mailing list, please complete the Living Legacy Pilgrimage Waiting List/Mailing List form.


The 2011 Unitarian Universalist (UU) Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage was held April 16-23, 2011. The theme was “Story, Song and Spirit.” We were excited to be joined by an incredible folk musician, Reggie Harris, who shared Freedom Songs and the role of music in the Civil Rights Movement. Along the route, we met Movement veterans and others who helped us to engage the stories of the Movement and the current status of civil rights in the South.

It begas and ended in Birmingham, AL; and included stops in Marion, Selma, and Montgomery, AL; as well as the Mississippi Delta, Meridian and Philadelphia, MS.


Read reflections of members of the 2009 pilgrimage.