Alabama Civil Rights Trail featured in new season of PBS series “Travels with Darley”

Historic sites along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail are the focus of two episodes of the new season of “Travels with Darley,” a destination show that explores the food, art, history and culture of the whole world.

Host Darley Newman recorded the episodes in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma in a journey to follow in the footsteps of legends and activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, according to a description for the show.

“The collection of museums, churches, national parks and other landmarks in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma brings to life the people, events and ideals that drove the struggle for social justice forward in the 1950s and 1960s , like Montgomery’s iconic Selma-to-Steps of 1965,” the Alabama Department of Tourism said of the episodes in a press release. “Newman also offers advice on guides and area experts whose knowledge of the trail can deepen your experience, as well as recommendations on local food and drink, accommodation, and experiences along the way.

The episodes will start on Alabama Public Television Create a channel at 3:30 a.m. CST. The first episode aired on January 22. The second episode will air on January 29.

“One of the really amazing things about traveling along the Civil Rights Trail in Alabama is that you can actually meet people who have lived through the movement and played a part in it,” Newman said in the same statement. “It helps to paint an even richer and more dynamic picture of what happened many years ago. I wish everyone could hike the Civil Rights Trail on their own and for those who can’t make the trip, I’m glad we can film and create these episodes to share the poignant and inspiring stories of Alabama.

The episodes feature interviews with civil rights activists, historians, thought leaders and creative directors from across the state, including:

In Selma, Newman interviewed Jacqueline T. Smith, owner and operator of the Coffee Shoppe; Lula Hatcher of the historic Lannie’s Bar-BQ and Sheryl Smedley, Director of the Selma Chamber of Commerce.

In Montgomery, Newman visits the Freedom Rides Museum and the home of Dr Richard Harris Jr., which operated the oldest black pharmacy in Montgomery. She also has conversations with Wanda Battle, musician, historian and owner of Legendary visits, Marie McGarry the pastry chef of Central and Kevin King, the owner of King’s Canvas space for creating creative places.

Birmingham’s next segment will include interviews with educator and historian Barry McNeeley from Walking tours and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; Pastor Arthur Price of 16th Street Baptist Church; Glenny Brock of Birmingham Redevelopment; LaShana Sorrell of Vulcan Park and Museum and Deon Gordon of TechBirmingham, as well as Chloe Cook, executive director of the Sidewalk Film Center and Doug Brown, owner and CEO of Back Forty Beer.

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