ATLANTA (ABP) — Mercer University in Atlanta is leading a tour of the American South that will expose participants to some of the culture, history, politics, architecture, food, religion and key locations that informed and drove the nation’s civil rights movement. In other words, one of the tour’s leaders says, it’s a pilgrimage of sorts. “If the tour is successful, part of it will be that people think there’s something valuable about the South as place,” said Doug Thompson, associate professor of Southern studies with an expertise on Southern religious history and the civil rights era. “We will be connecting the dots between the places we are going — and that is something you do on pilgrimage.”
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