Organizers say a pilgrimage to civil
rights sites in Mississippi should give members of Congress a
chance to reflect on the state's painful past and consider its
possibilities for the future.
The trip takes place March 28 to 30. It is sponsored by the
Washington-based Faith and Politics Institute, and the hosts are
two of Mississippi's U.S. House members, Democrat Bennie Thompson
and Republican Chip Pickering.
About a dozen members of Congress -- Democrats and Republicans
-- will join an estimated 70 other people on the bus tour that
starts this coming Friday in Memphis, Tennessee, at the place where
the Revervend Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated nearly 40
The tour will make several stops in Mississippi.
In Clarksdale, the group will visit the Delta Blues Museum. In
the rural Delta, they will see the Mississippi State Penitentiary
In Jackson, the group is scheduled to visit Beth Israel
Congregation, Tougaloo College and the home where Mississippi NAACP
leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in June 1963.
The group will visit Philadelphia, where civil rights workers
Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were killed by
Ku Klux Klansmen in June 1964.
And, in an effort to focus on Mississippi's continuing recovery
from Hurricane Katrina, the delegation will go to the coastal town
of Waveland, which was nearly wiped off the map by the surge of the