Summer Day Camp

Summer Camp

In the 1950s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy, some Freedom Riders, and other civil rights leaders attended leadership and citizenship training at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee.  Highlander was one of the few places in the South where integrated meetings were permitted.  Rosa Parks attended a 1955 workshop at Highlander four months before refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus, which started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The Rosa Parks Museum’s three-day summer camp is modeled after the principles of Highlander.  The “architects of change,” or our camp participants (grades 6-8), learn from industry experts about the techniques of non-violent conflict resolution based on the principles of Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This training helps them embrace forgiveness and acceptance while inspiring them to break free from grudges and prejudices.

The camp includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch daily
  • Guided tour of the Rosa Parks Museum and other Montgomery-area historic sites
  • Interactive, character-building workshops

For further information, please contact Donna Beisel at

Last Updated: April 21, 2017

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