Rosa Parks Museum’s ‘Architects of Change’ summer camp focuses on non-violent conflict resolution

The Architects of Change summer day camp will run June 5 - 9 at the Rosa Parks Museum.

The Architects of Change summer day camp will run June 5 - 9 at the Rosa Parks Museum.

Helping young people to resolve conflicts peacefully is the focus of the upcoming summer day camp at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

The “Architects of Change” day camp is set for June 5-9 and is open to area students entering grades 6 through 12 in the upcoming school year. The cost of the camp is $100 per student with discounts available per child for families with more than one student participating.

“The camp’s mission is to share the techniques of non-violent conflict resolution used by Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the early Civil Rights Movement,” said Donna Beisel, the museum’s Director of Operations. “Our goal is to connect past struggles in the quest for equal rights to social justice struggles that continue today.”

Campers will take part in workshops led by New Way from the Atlanta, Ga.-based organization Something New. The training will help campers learn to handle conflict effectively, embrace forgiveness, understanding and acceptance and respond to conflict with reconciliation instead of lashing out or holding grudges.

The camp will also help participants connect past Civil Rights events to modern social justice issues. Campers will take field trips to historic Civil Rights sites in Montgomery, Tuskegee and Birmingham, including tours of the Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing, the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the George Washington Carver Museum, Tuskegee’s Moten Field, and Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Institute.

For additional information, contact McKenzie Walker at or by calling 334-241-9541.