Day Eight

Hello! Last night three of the other youth and I volunteered to help St. Andrew’s with their breakfast for the homeless, so this morning (Tuesday) we woke up at 5:55 am and headed upstairs to the parish hall at St. Andrew’s. We set up the tables for them and then served a breakfast that consisted of sausages, eggs, cheesy grits, biscuits, and orange juice. During this time we were also able to meet a few more parishioners from St. Andrew’s, who were all very friendly and welcoming. Afterwards, at about 8:00, we went back downstairs to the room where we had slept (and where everyone else was still asleep) and ate donuts for breakfast. Once all the other youth and adults had woken up we drove to Medgar Evers’s house in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers was an African American civil rights activist and U.S. Army veteran who helped integrate Ole Miss and was also the became the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. He assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith at his house in 1963 when he went to the trunk of his car to grab some T-shirts for an upcoming rally. I am very thankful that we had the opportunity to visit his house, for I had not heard of him before but it was a very powerful place that I will now always remember. After we visited his home, we were driven to Indianola, Mississippi where we visited the B.B King Museum. We walked through the exhibits there, and I loved hearing him sing and also seeing some of the stage outfits that he wore. We then drove to Collierville, Tennessee, where we had pizza for dinner and are staying at Church of the Holy Apostles. We will be visiting Beale Street in downtown Memphis tomorrow, which we learned a lot about at the B.B King Museum in Indianola. I am very excited, and can’t wait to write more to you tomorrow! Goodnight! -Maria Gonzalez

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