Sunday, April 27, 2008

bus trip: montgomery

This is where our tour started...the very imposing front steps of the Alabama Judicial Building which houses the Alabama Courts of Criminal and Civil Appeals as well as the AL Supreme Court. We visited both court chambers. Lots of dark, oiled woods and somber carpeting.

The Law Librarian actually opened up the rare book room and let all us hooligans in. I think maybe KT and I were among the few who were truly goose-pumpy :)
This is the Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial. It lists the names and details of 40 people who lost their lives to the cause of furthering civil rights. If it looks familiar to you then it may be that you have seen the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. and the same artist designed and built this one. It's nearly impossible to see in this photo, but there is a fountain in the middle of this big round table and water flows over the entire surface of it in keeping with a famous line from one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches, see the next photo below (where I did a much better job of getting the water in the picture!).
If you can't make it out or don't know the line, "...until justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream." I gives me more goosebumps even now. They have an excellent 20 minute film showing in the Center that everyone should see.
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