3 Must Visit Black History Sites!

BY: - 17 Feb '15 | Travel

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In addition to February being the month to celebrate love, it’s also the month that everyone recognizes the contributions African Americans have made to the history of our country. February is ‘Black History’ month and when we normally think of black history month, they’re a few sites that always come to mind.  For example, since the dedication ceremony, the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, DC has become the city’s most popular black history site to visit.

It is a breathtaking site to see in person and here are three more black history sites we think everyone should also visit.

  • African American Civil War Museum.  Also located in Washington, DC, the African American Civil War Museum tells the stories of the US colored troops and the contributions of African Americans to the civil war through unique artifacts, photographs, exhibits and seminars. For more information and museum hours of operation please visit afroamcivilwar.org
  • Sweet Auburn District in Atlanta.  Atlanta is well loved for its rich and vibrant African American culture.  The city is also home to a wealth of history like the Sweet Auburn District, a mile and a half of heritage on Auburn Avenue. Designated a national historic landmark in 1976, Sweet Auburn is home to the restored birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ebenezer Baptist Church and the burial sites of Coretta and Dr. King.  Click here for more information on walking history tours of he city.
  • International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.  See the original site where the sit-in movement began on February 1, 1960 when four North Carolina A&T College students sat down at the Woolworth counter starting a movement that would follow in other cities. The museum is also home to permanent exhibits that document other key human and civil rights struggles and achievements. For more information please visit sitinmovement.org.

Incorporate ‘Black History’ into your family vacations because it should be learned and celebrated all year.

BMWK, have you ever visited any of these places with your family?

 

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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4 Spring Break Tips When Your College Student Doesn’t Want to Come Home

BY: - 3 Mar '15 | Travel

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In several parts of the country it’s hard to believe that spring is coming.  The calendar says that the first day of spring is actually Friday, March 20th.  As I look out over my balcony and see the snow and ice falling, I am a little skeptical.  Spring will hopefully bring with it warm weather and fabulous spring break destinations.

Parents of college students have additional concerns when spring break arrives.  The main concern is whether or not they should let their college freshmen go on the spring break trip with their classmates or should they encourage them to come home?

A spring break trip with classmates can be the downtime your college student needs.  They’ve just finished mid-term exams and dealt with the stress that goes with preparing for those exams.  If they are a freshman, remember the entire college experience is also new and nerve wrecking.  A week or two with family is always great but a trip with friends in a fabulous destination is a great opportunity to relax, regroup and get ready for the rest of the semester while experiencing a totally new culture.

If you do agree and let your favorite college freshman go on that spring break getaway, there are a few things to do before the trip.

  • Remind them safety first. Yes, you will be nagging them but they need the reminder to be safe and aware of their surroundings at all times. Drill in them the age old rule, “We arrive together…we leave together!”  No exceptions.
  • Establish a check-in schedule. Arrange a schedule for your child to check-in on a regular basis.  Remind them that if they miss a check-in, you will embarrass them and call one of their travel buddies.
  • Can I get your phone number?! Obtain the phone numbers of all of their travel buddies and their parents.
  • Enroll them in the STEP program. The State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) lists all the current travel warnings and the locations of all the US embassies.  They may never need to use the information on this site but its valuable information to access in the event of an emergency while traveling.  Click here to enroll in the FREE STEP program from the State Department.

BMWK family what was your favorite spring break vacation when in college?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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