The Monument of a Man

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The Monument of a Man: Cycling Through A Legacy from King Center Historic Site to King National Memorial.

The National Park Service‚Äôs National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) will partner with Triangle Bikeworks through its Spoke’n Revolutions (SnR) program and the BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia) Dream Team to engage a diverse group of youth from North Carolina and Georgia in a cycling adventure linking the King Historic Site in Atlanta with the King Memorial site in Washington, DC. They will discover America’s Great Outdoors by visiting National Parks and state parks along the way. Seeing this world up close and from the seat of a bike.

Through this meaningful and relevant experience, youth participants will not only make connections to the outdoors/public lands so that they will consider becoming future stewards, they will also engage in personal and social growth enabling them to develop important life skills.

About The Project

Established in 2010, the mission of the Triangle Bikeworks’ programs are to expand the horizons of youth by providing opportunities they couldn’t imagine. This is accomplished through a 3-4 year intensive leadership program, involving year-round cycling activities, community service projects, and preparation for continuing education and career development.

This 700-mile journey will provide the teens with the opportunity to travel across the United States by bicycle, a luxury they would not otherwise be able to afford. During their travels, they will also engage in recreational and educational activities at federal, state, and local sites that will expose them to the physical and cultural geography of the nation. The goal is that the youth cyclists will develop an appreciation for preserved and natural spaces as they cycle through and stop in them.

Focusing on the important role Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has played in shaping our country, the project will address the NPS’s challenge of engaging diverse communities. This tour will use the legacy of Dr. King to engage youth in learning the rich history of the United States by placing them in the spaces where the history was made. They will get there under their own power via the bicycle. In the spirit of the Civil Rights non-violent, passive resistance movement that was led by Dr. King, the historical theme of Freedom will be explored. The timeliness of this project is special as it is the 70th anniversary of Dr. King’s first political speech at the age of 16 in Dublin, GA when he was selected the winner of an oratorical contest.

Some of the participants come from a demographic that is disproportionately affected by obesity. They will learn the importance of health and wellness (physical, mental, and social) through cycling, hiking, and camping activities. Opportunities provided by the trip and pre-trip training exercises will encourage participants to develop an appreciation for more active lifestyles. Through outdoor recreation and camping activities within the National and state parks, participants will also become more environmentally conscious, learning how to reduce their carbon footprint.

If you believe in the program as we believe in the youth participating, take a moment and make a small contribution to ensure they have all they need. Every dollar donated goes toward youth programming. Donate Here