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Make plans now to join the Raleigh Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and the Raleigh Martin Luther King All-Children's Choir on a historic and memorable bus trip to Washington, D.C. to visit The White House and tour other notable attractions in our Nation's Capitol. The trip is scheduled for Friday, August 2nd thru Sunday, August 4th, 2013.
Because The White House requires a minimum of 60 days for visitors security clearance reservations must be received by May 30, 2013. Please print out the Reservation Form at the bottom of this weblink and mail it in to secure your seat(s).
About the Martin Luther King Memorial
The Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial is conceived of as an engaging landscape experience tied to other landscapes and monuments, not as a single object or memorial dominating the site. The composition of the memorial utilizes landscape elements to powerfully convey three fundamental and recurring themes of Dr. King's life: justice, democracy and hope. The circular geometry of the memorial, juxtaposed within the triangular configuration of the site, engages the Tidal Basin and frames views to the water.
The central opening through the arc on the axis of the Jefferson and Lincoln Monuments places this memorial directly in line with larger democratic ideals that form the context for King's words and deeds. The memorial is envisioned as a quiet and receptive space, yet at the same time, powerful and emotionally evocative, reflecting the spirit of the message Dr. King delivered and the role he played in society.
The King Memorial is intended to be personally transformative for visitors, building a sense of commitment to the promise of positive change and active citizenship. Drawing from Dr. King's own rich metaphorical language, the themes of "the Man, the Movement and the Message" are intertwined into a larger experience of place.
An Excellent Learning Experience For Adults and Children To Share Together
WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND VISIT
* Before You Depart Learn About The Treasures You Will Visit By Clicking The Blue Line Under Each Venue Name
The White House http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm The United States Capitol Building http://www.visitthecapitol.gov
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial http://www.mlkmemorial.org/ Smithsonian Museum of African American Art http:http://www.nmafa.si.edu/
Mount Calvary AME Church http:www.mtcalvaryame.org
This historic trip is scheduled for August 2-5, 2013, 2012
Trip prices start at only $410.00 per person which includes luxury bus transportation, entrance to 5 historic sites and 2 night hotel lodging. Citizens from any city or location in North Carolina can participate. There will be room for 160 riders (3 buses). Those who confirm first will be guaranteed seats. To secure your seat(s) 1/2 deposit must be made by June 20th and full payment MUST received anytime before July 10, 2012.
Quad Package, $175.00 per person (4 to a room)
Triple Package, $195.00 per person (3 to a room)
Double Package, $245.00 per person (2 to a room)
Single Package, $395.00 per person (1 to a room)
Interested individuals and groups are asked to contact either Martin Luther King Committee representative to reserve space.
Mr. Bruce Lightner (919) 834-6264 E-Mail Bruce
Ms. Anita High (919) 862-4240 E-Mail Anita
Mr. Randy Shepard (919) 971-5997 E-Mail Randy
Ms. Ruby Turner (919) 332-1632 E-Mail Ruby
Please be advised to eliminate and/or avoid last minute confusion and to offer you more flexibility in planning, please know that the MLK Committee is pleased to announce that an official Cancellation Refund Policy has now been established.
- Payments which are canceled 45 days prior
to the trip will be cheerfully refunded at 100%
- Payments which are canceled 30 days prior
to the trip will be refunded at 50%
- Payments which are canceled 15 days prior
to the trip will not be refunded.
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
10:00 PM Boarding Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens, Raleigh
11:00 PM Boarding Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham
11:30 PM Buses Leave for Chicago
Thursday, August 1, 2013
7:00 AM OYO Highway Breakfast Stop
10:00 AM Tour Underground Railroad Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
12:00 PM Depart Cincinnati for Chicago
1:00 PM OYO Highway Lunch Stop
5:00 PM Check In Courtyard By Marriott, Chicago, Illinois
7:00: PM OYO Dinner
Friday, August 2, 1013
7:00 AM Wake Up Call
8:00 AM OYO Breakfast At Hotel
9:00 AM Ride By Home of President Barrack & Michelle Obama
10:00 PM Take Soul Side Of Windy City Tour
2:30 PM Return To Hotel For Cat Nap Rest
5:00 PM Depart Hotel For Chicago MLK Children's Choir Concert
6:00 PM MLK Children's Choir In Concert, Trinity United Church Of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
8:00 PM Dinner provided By Trinity United Church Of Christ
9:00 PM Buses Depart Chicago for Washington, D.C.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:00 AM OYO Highway Breakfast Stop
9:00 AM Buses Arrive Washington, D.C.
10:00 AM Tour The White House
12:00 PM OYO Lunch, Saint Paradise Cafeteria, Washington, D.C.
2:00 PM Tour Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
5:00 PM Tour Martin Luther King National Memorial, Washington, D.C.
6:30 PM Check in Marriott Greenbelt Hotel, Greenbelt, Maryland
7:30 PM OYO Dinner
10:00 PM GO TO SLEEP
Sunday, August 4, 2013
7:00 AM Wake Up Call
8:00 AM OYO Breakfast At Hotel
9:00 AM Buses Depart Washington for Baltimore, Maryland
11:00 AM MLK Children's Choir Performs at Mount Calvary AME Church, Towson, Maryland
1:00 PM Lunch Courtesy Mount Calvary AME Church
2:30 PM Buses Depart Towson, Maryland for North Carolina
7:30 PM Buses Arrive at Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham
8:00 PM Buses Arrive at Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens, Raleigh
========================================================================== PRINT OUT FORM AND SEND TO TOUR COMMAND CENTER
Yes, I'm Interested. Please Hold Space For Me/Us For The Martin Luther King Children's Choir Washington D.C. Trip Mail This Form To:
MLK Children's Choir Washington, D.C. Trip
Martin Luther King Committee
Post Office Box 28696
Raleigh, North Carolina 27611-8696
City/Town: ______________________________ Zip______________
Phone: (_________) _____________________
Number Of People In My Group: ______
Names Of People In Group: ______________________________________
Recommended Tour Tips
Tibit # 1 Please know that in order to visit The White House, U.S. Homeland Security Officials require that we send them a manifest of our travelers with the following information. Please either call us or put in the mail the following information for each in your group along with your trip reservation form.
a). Full name of each rider including middle initial
b). Date of birth of each rider
c). Social Security Number (we do not advise sending SS Numbers by email)
d). Gender, Female or Male
e). City, Town and of State of residence of each rider
Tidbit # 2 - During the course of the tour there will be periods of travel time during the early morning and evening hours. It is acceptable and recommended that passengers bring along a pillow and a light blanket.
Tidbit # 3 - At your designated boarding location you will be provided a name badge and an trip itinerary packet. Your name badge becomes your "Boarding Pass". No one will be allowed to board the bus without a visible name tag. Please keep the itinerary with you at all times so that you'll know what to expect and when.
Tidbit # 4 - Some riders will choose to bring along their cell phones. No problem. A great way to stay in touch with loved ones back home. However, please remember to bring your charger.
Tidbit # 5 - The tour's webpage has the web address of each place we will visit. It would help you navigate the various venues upon arrival and allow you to be more familiar with what they have to see and do. Most venues will allow pictures to be taken. Some do not. But, it would be a good idea to bring your camera and/or video recorder. The Tour's day-by-day itinerary is here also. Please book mark this page so that you may reference it at your leisure. Please click here to review: http://www.king-raleigh.org/ncevent/detail.cfm?EVENT_ID=6505
Tidbit # 6 - Probable weather forecasts suggests that Washington, D.C. temperatures in mid August will range from 82 - 86 during the day and 65- 70 during evening hours. The long range forecast does not show any significant rain for the duration of the trip. However, it is still a good idea to pack a small umbrella ... just in case.
Tidbit # 7 - During some stretches of the tour we will be on the bus for a a couple hours between rest stops. It is permissible to bring along small coolers as long as they can fit under your seat. Coolers should not be placed in overhead compartments. Consider bringing a back pack to store plenty of bottled water from home to keep hydrated and to avoid paying top dollar for bottled water in D.C.
Tidbit # 8 - There will be no smoking on the bus. Periodic rest stops are scheduled for those who must light up can exit the bus.
Tidbit # 9 - We recommend passengers dress comfortable, casual dress attire will be appropriate for the entire tour. We especially recommend that you bring comfortable walking shoes, high heals and pumps are discouraged. One suitcase and one carry on bag are allowed per passenger. Light blankets and pillows are also recommended for traveling comfort.
Tidbit # 10 - There will be citizens of all ages on the tour including youth. One of the marvels of past MLK tours is that once we get underway there becomes a wonderful "bonding" process with fellow travelers. Please do not be shy about getting to know others on your bus. Seniors and adults are asked to keep a watchful eye on young folk to make sure they are safe and acting properly. In many respects ... we become one huge family. We do not allow disrespectful, loud or rude behavior at anytime on this tour. Parents or chaperones of young people are respectfully asked to reinforce this prior to departure. There will be no "doo- rags" or "sagging pants" on this trip and this rule is nonnegotiable.
Tidbit # 11 - This is an all important point to reinforce. Because the tour starts in the early morning hours we want to make sure no passenger becomes confused over the exact departure time, AM or PM. If you are departing from Raleigh please plan to arrive at the King Gardens by 4:00 AM (while dark) Friday morning, August 2nd . The bus will leave the King Gardens at 4:30 am sharp. If you are departing from Durham, please arrive at the west side parking lot at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Page Road I-40 Page Road Exit by 4:45 am early Friday morning, August 2nd. Buses will leave Durham at 5:00 am sharp. If there are there are any uncertainties please call us well before departure time.
Tidbit # 12 - It is recommended that you plan ahead and bring along enough money to cover your food costs and if you want to bring back souvenirs ... money for knickkacks should be factored in. There will be many street vendors on both days for you to pick up historic mementos to share with others upon returning home.
Tidbit # 13 - On Sunday monring we will be going to church. Please pack church attire. The children will be singing during a church service in Balitmore.
Tidbit # 14 - On Sunday morning you will receive a hotel "Wake Up Call" at 6:00 am. It is your responsibility to get up ...eat breakfast ... and board the bus by 7:45 am. If for whatever reason you should not be on the bus before departing the hotel please keep these phone numbers with you and call either Randy Shepard (919) 971-5997 or Bruce Lightner (919) 630-3439 and they will tell you where to join the tour.
Tibet # 15 You're going to need stamina and energy on Sunday so eat a hardy breakfast. The next scheduled feeding won't be until dinner while on the highway headed back home. Our recommendation is that on Sunday you carry enough bottled water, energy bars and food snacks in a backpack or small cooler to keep with you.
Tidbit 16 If you or anyone in your group is handicapped and should need special considerations on bus seating and/or a handicapped room at the hotel please let us know well before departure.
Tidbit # 17 - We're confident you are going to love this trip and will be amazed at the tactical precision, safety considerations, professionalism and courtesy of our bus drivers and tour organizing committee. Quite a few who are on your bus have taken previous MLK tours, so you will have experienced travelers who will make sure that your comfort and happiness is priority one.