Pictured: Rosa Parks Statue. Credit: Travel South USA.          

Trafalgar has launched Journey Along the Civil Rights Trail, a new itinerary for 2021-22 featuring sites associated with the US civil rights movement.

The escorted tour focuses on pioneers of the period, particularly Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

It starts in Memphis where he was assassinated and ends in Atlanta, city of his birth.

Guests will meet prominent activists and speakers who will share their personal stories of growing up as African Americans in the segregated South.

The tour will visit sites along the Mississippi Freedom Trail including Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, and the site just outside Greenwood, where the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till at Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in 1955 is widely recognised as being a catalyst for the movement.

Other key sites include the Rosa Parks Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

The guests will also watch a performance by Alabama’s Carlton Reese Choir, before dinner and a live jazz performance.

This tour costs from £2,184, including eight nights’ hotel accommodation, 14 meals including a signature Be My Guest dining experience, sightseeing experiences and local encounters. Flights are extra.

Gavin Tollman, global chief executive of Trafalgar, said: “2020 made vividly clear just how harmful, hurtful, and deeply divisive racial inequality is and continues to be.

“It’s impossible to walk in someone’s shoes, but I believe one of the best ways to broaden the mind, and gain compassion and understanding is through travel.”