105th Anniversary of 'Abdu'l-Baha's Visit to Howard University - Race Amity Tour of Washington DC



Time Travel Tour to Your Ancestors Tour the Impact of 'Abdu'l-Baha's Visit


‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited Howard University's Rankin Chapel on April 23 1912.



In His historic address, 'Abdu'l-Baha, made clear in his southern most travels in America, that Racial Integration on the basis of Unity in Diversity can be established. Must be established. The effect of this talk upon its hearers was profound, summoning "them to a level of consciousness far above mere social liberalism and tolerance. One example that must stand for a range of such interventions was His gentle but dramatic act in encouraging the marriage of Louis Gregory and Louise Mathew—the one black, the other white. The initiative set a standard for the American Bahá’í community as to the real meaning of racial integration." ( Century of Light )



On this tour we will visit with those impacted by the visit of 'Abdu'l-Baha to illustrate how He impacted race relations in America, in this, his most southern stop of his 239 days in America. Together they built the first example of a Baha'i community in America - Washington DC - to arise to demonstrate a model of racial amity built upon justice, unity in diversity and equality. The 5 hour bus tour will focus upon these early 20th century champions of oneness. The tour includes a visit to the grave of one of the leaders of the first Race Amity Conference to answer the 1919 Racial Terrorism in DC, the site of first Baha'i center in Washington to host an integrated 19 day feast, the first African American Hand of the Cause of God's home, the grave of the pioneer of Race Amity in Washington DC who recorded the Howard Talk for posterity, and the home of the first African American Baha'i in Washington DC. We will meet at 1030 am sharp at the North West corner of Howard Place NW and Georgia Avenue in Washington DC at the foot of the hill to the West of Rankin Chapel. The tour bus will not wait, if you are late you are responsible to catch up. The bus will return there at 330 pm in time for the Commemorative program at Howard University.

To gain a sense of the tour experience, DC Time Travel Tour shares Jack Gordon's documentary of its 2009 Commemorative Tour of 'Abdu'l-Baha's visit to Washington DC.


'Abdu'l-Baha DC Tour
from Jack On the Road on Vimeo.



Time Travel Tours is a hands-on-tour. We encourage time travelers to experience and immerse themselves in events visited.

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Alain Locke and Robert Abbott stand out for their Race Amity work in reaction to 'Abdul-Baha's visit to America

Time Travel Tours Living Historian

Lex is our supporting Living Historian, shown here in his performance in the movie Luminous Journey documenting 'Abdu'l-Baha's historic visit to America in 1912. He has also acted in numerous community theater productions, including a Mrs. Sears production of "On Fire With The Faith," written by Hand of the Cause William Sears. His interest in American history has led to his co-founding the African American Historical Alliance of South Carolina, volunteering at the African American Civil War Monument and Museum, being a memorial member of the Sons & Daughters of the United States Colored Troops and being an active living historian with the 23rd United States Colored Troops.

LUMINOUS JOURNEY - TRAILER from Perry Productions on Vimeo.

This tour will provide a glimpse of the impact of one of the visits of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Luminous Journey provides a time travel back to 1912 to take the luminous journey across the nation with 'Abdu'l-Baha.

Reserve Your Seat on the 2017 Commemorative 'Abdu'l-Baha Race Amity Tour


April 22nd at 10:30am to 3:30pm Tour Reservation Phone: 1 (202) 838-7502
E-mail: timetraveltoursdc@gmail.com

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