Page Links

The 2018 Long Trip: Montgomery, Alabama

Bank Street's annual Long Trips have played a vital role in increasing our understanding of the issues that shape and challenge our country. Lucy Sprague Mitchell believed that we must not lose sight of the socio-political aim of educators in a democratic society. She believed that seeing the world from another’s eyes would bring greater empathy, caring, and a desire to engage in the world more deeply and actively.

From April 2nd-8th, 2018, The Long Trip will travel to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. We have chosen to visit Alabama's Black Belt for its historical significance as well as the rich culture and unique challenges that shape the region today. In 1965 both cities were at the center of the fight to protect African Americans from barriers that prevented them from voting. Today this fight continues in Alabama. In addition to exploring the issue of voting rights we will visit artists and craftspeople, speak with members of the religious community, and hear from educators who best understand the lived experience of the children they serve.  

~ Abby Kerlin, Fern Khan and Carol Hillman

Marchers gather on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday", the violent confrontation between activists and law enforcement at the start of the March for Voting Rights. Selma, March 7th, 1965.


Bank Street’s Long Trip, originated by Lucy Sprague Mitchell, took place each spring from 1935-1952. Faculty and student teachers would travel together to encounter the complexity of a distant environment and confront its social and political issues: the labor movement, poverty, conservation, government intervention programs, race relations—and the consequences for children, their education, and their families.  

Revived in 1996 by Fern Khan, then Dean of Continuing Education, and Carol Hillman, a Bank Street alumna and former Board of Trustees member, the Long Trip is now open to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Bank Street. 

Each trip offers exciting and heart-warming opportunities for connections with new friends and colleagues. Participants have met with the local people and learned about their culture, education, economy, and religion in places such as Savannah, Georgia, Jamaica, Finland, and Costa Rica. 

Learn more about the Long Trip History.