Annual Civil Rights Tour

Civil — Part I

“2019 Face to Face with Black History Tour”
Leadership Development for Omaha Future Leaders

Tour Development Assets
  • BVM Youth Civic Club (History lessons, motivational messages, journaling tips)

  • True Color Personality Assessment

  • Reflection Journal Required

  • Pre-tour fun overnighter at Hope Center

  • Growth in Diversity

  • Post trip follow-ups

  • BVM Annual Tour Banquet (Awarding of participants pictures & certificates honoring funders, photo history presentation, next tour kick-off)

The Tour Bus

Preston Love, Jr.
Black Votes Matter , Founder and Director UNO Adjunct Professor, Columnist, Author, National Lecturer, motivational youth Speaker

Shelly Henderson
Tour Official Coordinator
Masters in Education, experienced youth professional

Tour Staff

Councilman Ben Gray

Rudy Smith: Photographer
Paris Spencer-Taylor: Executive Assistant

Anthony Brown: Runner
Loren Blake: Journalist

Tour Participants
40 High School Youth
Chosen from nominations from numerous North Omaha based youth Groups
Diverse in every way
Thirteen (13) carefully selected chaperones​ and alternates diverse in every way

Black Votes Matter Agenda

Voter Participation

Voter Registration 

  • Direct and collaboration

  • Deputy Registrar Training coordination

  • Voter Education

  • Providing events, Town Halls, to further voter knowledge

  • Collaboration with community and organizations to further voter knowledge

  • Distribution of the LVW Voter Guides

  • Lectures, Speeches to further voter knowledge

  • Focus on community, Seniors, Youth and Churches

  • Black Votes Matter Newspaper column (Omaha Star)

Voter Turnout Measures

  • Phone and door to door contact

  • Yard signs, buttons, billboards

  • Advocacy for increased voter participation and turnout

Election Day Measures

  • Ride to the Polls

  • Centralized coordination and Polling place monitoring

  • Post- election Day analysis and reporting

Community Development and Engagement Initiatives

  • Candidate Development workshops

  • Campaign Management workshops

  • Leadership Development workshops (Adults & Youth)

  • Civic Education Youth Club

Collaboration with the Heartland Workers Center

  • Voter Participation

  • Development Initiatives

Annual Black Votes Matter Black History Tour

  • June, 2018

  • Visits to over 15 Iconic Southern civil rights venues culminating with the African American Civil Rights Museum in Washington DC. Will announce in August, 2017

Tour Backdrop

Preston Love Jr.’s Commitment to Voter Participation and the importance of the development of youth began in 1984 after his organization and management of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s historic run for President. His continued vision and work has been directed towards the advocacy of his beloved North Omaha and to get the community to realize the importance of the vote and the need for developing future leaders. His work included the vision and showing of the Movie Selma to our youth. Preston wrote later “We provided a free movie, popcorn, drink and a after movie panel discussion for 900 north Omaha youth, wow!!”

Preston released his first book, Economic Cataracts, 2015, A Chronicle of efforts to remove the obstacles of Urban Community Engagement and Economic Inclusion.” Preston recently said, “One of those obstacles was and is, the lack of civic education at all levels, especially for our youth. My book has sold successfully in 26 states and 2 foreign countries. Additionally, I have carried the message of the need for civic education throughout Omaha middle and High School system. I have spoken to thousands, including 2000 students at Burke high alone”
Not long after his book release, Preston founded the Black Votes Matter initiative now known as Black Votes Matter Institute of Community Engagement.

Now, Planning has begun for this tour, with the objective to assist in the development of our future leaders and voters. June 18th, 2018, Black Votes Matter will be taking a bus of 40 youth (High School) and chaperones from Omaha to Memphis, to Birmingham, to Tuskegee, to Montgomery, to Selma and across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and to Atlanta. A week-long walk in black history. There will be no cost to the participants. This tour will have a lasting impact on our youth and will pay dividends for our community. 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1 – Memphis
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Hotel Mason Temple

Day 2 – Birmingham
16th Street Baptist Church
Birmingham Civil Rights Museum
Kelly Engram Park
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Rosa Parks Museum

Day 3 - Montgomery
Alabama State University
Civil Rights Memorial Freedom Shrine Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Voting Rights Museum & Institute
Edmund Pettis Bridge
Canaan Hill Primitive Baptist Church

Day 4 - Tuskegee
George Washington Carver Museum
Oaks Home
Tuskegee University
Mayor’s Visit
Day 5 - Atlanta
King Center for Non-Violent Social Change Ebenezer Baptist Church
Spelman College
Service Project

Tour Diligence

  • No cost to participants

  • Thirteen carefully selected chaperones and alternates

  • Chaperone background checks

  • Full trip liability insurance

  • Certified accounting of tour funds and expenditures (Hayes & Associates)

  • Pre-tour medical assessments

  • Trained medical assessments

  • Trained medical personnel on-board

  • Twelve passenger van will trail the bus

Youth Group Participation

Girls Inc


NEXT Movement

Boys and Girls Club

Project Everlast

Hope Center

Omega Psi Phi

100 Black Men

Black Votes Matter



South Sudanese


Avenue Scholars


New Era Baptist

Baptist Min. Group


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