It’s the morning of Day 2 and excitement is still in the air.
Today we are leaving Stone Mountain Park and heading to Oconee River Campground. I hear there’s great fishing there.
Yesterday was a whirlwind of history about Dr. King delivered by the park ranger who actually rode up on her bike in her commute to the office. It will be a great day when this would be the norm.
The BRAG Dream Team in their yellow and green jerseys. These are a great groups of youths who I will enjoy getting to know over the next two weeks. This is historic and amazing that we even get to tour together. Grateful for the ability to transform a few lives and inspire others as we cycle through.
We’re seeing some very interesting and educational things just in the first day with the visits to the King Historic Site, his original home and the National Civil and Human Rights Center. For the new center we were the first youth group to ever visit – historic. They don’t officially open until Monday so we can claim that to ourselves.
Najah Walker, our newest cyclist, successfully completed her very first 30+ mile day! This is a major milestone for her and she NEVER got off the bike to walk. I am so very proud of her.
Remembering the Removal
In the summer of 2017 the Spoke’n Revolutions youth cyclists will take on a life transforming tour through history and self-determination when they travel the route of another historic trail in America.
The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of Native American nations in the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included members of our own North Carolina Cherokee, the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. They were removed from their ancestral homelands in the southeastern U.S. to an area west of the Mississippi River that had been designated as Indian Territory.
WHY TOURS BASED ON HISTORY?
Each summer tour is built around a historic moment in history. The cyclists revisit historic events and spaces. Then they compare its effects on their ancestral past and their current standing. This brings the youth to a deeper understanding of self. It’s only natural to imagine what you’d do if you were a person of history, whether that history is uplifting or heart-wrenching. Either way, knowing self brings you closer to knowing what is and IS NOT acceptable to you, as well as seeking to change that which you can and accept that which you can’t.
CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
In 2007, roughly 37% of Americans were bullied in the workforce (54 million) making a lot of unhappy people. Unhappy people at work make unhappy people at home. And the cycle repeats itself. It’s possible to break that cycle. The Spoke’n Revolutions program helps youth learn history and its impact on them, who they are, what they want, and how to get it, moving them from knowledge to action. Compassionately.
This tour “is project-based learning at its best, combining travel to powerful places with authentic experience of history and geography, collaboration towards a common goal, and intense physical activity.”1