Omega Lamplighters Stop In Birmingham For Civil Rights Institute

omega lamplighters 500 miles of freedom tour
Posted at 9:54 PM, Aug 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 06:50:52-04

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTXL)-- A group of teenage boys from Florida are traveling 500 miles to tour monumental cities in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Omega Lamplighters, a mentor group for young men, were in Birmingham Saturday to visit the Civil Rights Institute.

The Alabama city is just one of the stops on the tour. A group of more than 40 young men are stopping in several cities, all of which were prominent during the Civil Rights Era. 

One of the directors of the organization explained why this trip is not only important to the young men on the journey, but important to the organization's mission.

"It's been a blessing to see some of them experience these things. A lot of kids in our area don't get this kind of opportunity. We're very blessed that we've been able to do this for a second year. We've been in three states in three days. It's amazing to offer it to them...I'm at a loss for words," said Royle King.

The group's final stop will be in Selma, Alabama. The boys come from Quincy, Tallahassee, Wakulla and Jackson Counties, as well as, Pensacola.