Going Home is a course offered by New York Theological Seminary Professors Eleanor Moody Shepherd, Peter Heltzel, and Wanda Lundy (course titled MTU200: Going Home: Civil Rights and Southern Religion).
In this course, students and faculty walk the freedom trail together, experiencing, watching and listening to the wisdom of the land and ancestors. When Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from Boston University, he had opportunities all over the country, yet decided to return to the South because of the “remarkable thing that was about to happen,” namely the Civil Rights movement.
Through identifying the tragic violence and oppression of racism, while also tapping into the sources of redemption, reconciliation, and empowerment, the Civil Rights movement demonstrates the deep problems and promise of Southern religion.
This class is a journey into the paradoxes of Southern religion, from the racist violence of the K.K.K. to the prophetic action of African American women like Rosa Parks and Fanni Lou Hamer. It will include a weeklong field trip to the Deep South, including Birmingham, Montgomery, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama to Vicksburg, Jackson, and Cinton, Mississippi and Memphis Tennessee.