Category: Civil Rights

Lessons Learned from Elizabeth Eckford, Carolyn McKinstry and Annie Pearl Avery

Three civil rights photos. One of Elizabeth Eckford, one of Annie Pearl Avery, and one of Carolyn McKinstry

Over the years we at Distant Horizons have had the pleasure of introducing travelers to community leaders all over the world. Through carefully created opportunities groups have met with local politicians, activists, storytellers, makers, artists and journalists to name a few. Creating these relationships is some of the most important work we do as a… Read more »


Distant Horizons Stands with the Black Community

A vintage photo next to a recent photo, both of thousands marching for equal rights for the black community

At Distant Horizons we have always stood for promoting understanding and compassion amongst all people and across all cultures. The events over the past month have forced us to confront not only police violence against African Americans, but also catastrophic inequalities in health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination. The disregard for the dignity of… Read more »


Sitting in Little Rock, I was Transported

Elizabeth Eckford - Little Rock Nine

I was 14, maybe 15, when the raw emotion of racial injustice hit me. I remember the moment vividly. I was sitting in an English class and our beyond-hip teacher was reading a poem. I remember it as titled Landlady and it was the telephone conversation, on a payphone, between an African tenant and his prospective… Read more »


Revitalizing Jackson, Mississippi’s Farish Street One Pig Ear Sandwich at a Time

Holding a pig ear sandwich with a bite taken out. Taken at Big Apple Inn on Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi

For anyone who embarks on a trip along the Civil Rights Trail looking to better understand the civil rights movement, perhaps one of the most overlooked but telling places is Jackson, Mississippi’s Farish Street. Sitting just north of downtown Jackson, Farish Street was once a thriving African-American neighborhood known as “Little Harlem”.  By the early… Read more »


A Review of the Hu Hotel, Memphis, and much more….musings from Janet Moore

Deck of Hu Hotel with the Hernando de Soto bridge in the background

We love the boutique Hu Hotel which recently reopened, having re-branded the former Madison Hotel. You can’t beat the location and history of this former bank property. It was among downtown Memphis’ first “skyscrapers” and the first building on Banker’s Row to exceed the traditional four-story height for banks in the city.  It is an… Read more »


Mary Hoover’s Famous Rib Recipe

A smiling Mary Hoover in her chef jacket getting ready to share her secret behind her delicious ribs

One of our favorite stops on our Civil Rights trip is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta where we spend the day in Baptist Town and Greenwood with Sylvester and Mary Hoover. Sylvester is our local guide and expert in a town that became the ground-zero for the civil rights movement with the murder… Read more »


Songs to get you through Shelter At Home from Malaco Records

Photo of a wall inside of Malaco records recording studio. The wall displays various artists photos, silver or gold records, and movie posters.

Sheltering at home, while important, can be tough for everyone. Days and weeks seem to morph into a big long blur and we all seem to be looking for little things to help cure our blues. Luckily for us we have some great friends at Malaco Records down in Jackson, MS who are experts in… Read more »