Lee Sentell’s new Civil Rights Trails book features an augmented reality—check it out

Lee Sentell
Lee Sentell. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

October 12th, author and Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell will introduce his new guidebook, “The Official US Civil Rights Trails.” The book, which features important Civil Rights sites such as churches, schools and other historic landmarks, features augmented reality to set the book apart. Keep reading to find out which cities in Alabama are featured and how you can read the book!

Meet Lee Sentell

Lee Sentell
The author Lee Sentell. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Author and Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell is introducing his book at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institution (BCRI) on October 12th. To honor the role Alabama played in Civil Rights, inspirational community leaders like DeJuana Thompson, CEO of BCRI and Charles Avery, a participant of the 1963 Children’s Crusade will join him.

If you want to be there, don’t forget to RSVP.

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. CDT  
  • Where: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL
  • RSVP: Please RSVP Hanlon Walsh hanlon@perituspr.com by Monday, Oct. 11    

The Civil Rights Trails

Civil Rights Trails
Have you been to the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This book serves as a guide to all the important Civil Rights trails and landmarks. It honors the people that stood for equality and social justice during the Civil Rights Movement. You’ll want to purchase this book since it has over 120 notable Civil Rights places across 14 Southern states. In fact, Alabama has eight cities featured.

Check out which locations in Alabama are in Lee Sentell’s guidebook:

  • Anniston
  • Birmingham (Don’t miss the unique photos of BCRI and the 16th St Baptist Church.)
  • Monroeville
  • Montgomery (There are so many remarkable places mentioned, like the Legacy Museum and Freedom Rides Museum.)
  • Scottsboro
  • Selma (Check out the augmented feature on page 104 and 105.)
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Tuskegee

Augmented reality feature

Civil Rights
Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The coolest part about this book is the augmented reality feature. Wondering what that is? Using a QR code you can access interactive videos and images on certain pages—pages 52, 60 and 104. This link takes you to the iconic Civil Rights trails that changed history, including Little Rock High School, Greensboro Woolworth and Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

You don’t want to miss out this experience. The augmented feature allows you to view pics and videos just by scanning the QR code on your phone’s camera. You can share your thoughts about the feature on social media by using #ShareTheJourney.

FUN FACT: On the Selma Edmund Pettus bridge page (104), you can view President Obama’s speech from the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montogomery March.

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