Congressional delegation set for Miss. civil rights tour

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

years ago.

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

at Parchman.

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

2005 storm.