Changing Lives and Bringing History to Life, One Revolution at a Time!

Why a Cycling Adventure?

Why have a Cycling Adventure?

Much of the story of American history can be told as a struggle to live up to the ideals upon which this country was established. Among these ideals are the belief that everybody is created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, foremost among them, the rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

Due to history curriculums that are broad, shallow and lacking in opportunities for in-depth study, along with the pressures of standardized testing, an incomplete picture of our country’s past is presented in many of our schools. For too many schoolchildren in an increasingly diverse America, it is difficult to give sufficient coverage not so much so to the negative aspects of the past, such as slavery and oppression, but in finding time to learn about the successes of those who struggled to realize the ideals mentioned above. Yes, they learn about Frederick Douglass, the runaway slave, but rarely do they learn of his relationship with, and influence on Abraham Lincoln, or his support of women’s rights.

Too many young people in America grow up with an incomplete knowledge and awareness of positive role models from history. This bicycle trip serves as an attempt for the students to learn not only of the struggles of those attempting to escape bondage, but to learn of the hardships endured, the kind and kindred souls that helped them along the way, and the bravery, courage, and perseverance it took to reach their freedom.

It is in the learning of these stories that we see ourselves. We take from those who dared to seek freedom, not only for themselves, but also for their posterity, lessons to apply to our own lives. When life gets hard, when others put us down, when things don’t go the way we think they should, we reach back in time for inspiration. Thus, we cycle through the past as we ride toward our future.

Bob Brogden
Educator
Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools

{Bob Brogden spoke on the Underground Railroad Tour of 2011 but this can be said of any of our Cycling Adventure Tours!}

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