Italian journalist and blogger Simona Sacri toured Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham last week as part of her trip to the southern USA. Sacri, who has the site www.simonassacri.com is one of Italy’s top bloggers. She has been selected by the Italy Visit USA Association for best travel blog and was the winner of the 2015 Media Award by the same organization.
Sacri is using the hashtag #myTravelSouthUSA during her journey. In a website posting she said that she will show the complex and authentic experience of the old South through the in-depth exploration of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Sacri started her trip in Jackson, Mississippi and then traveled to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham before traveling back to Mississippi on her way to Louisiana.
In Selma she posted a photograph of the Edmund Pettus Bridge with the message “Travel to learn. Remembering the ‘Bloody Sunday’ and all the difficult moments of the civil rights movement.” In Montgomery she posted a photo of herself in front of the downtown civil rights mural with the message “Today I’m in Montgomery, Alabama to discover the Rosa Parks Museum and the end of the trail of Martin Luther King march. Emotions and so many things to ponder, can’t wait to write about.”
In Birmingham she posted a photo from inside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with copy that read, “My journey across Civil Rights and their stories arrives in Birmingham, Alabama. I have a dream.”
The local tourism organizations of Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham helped the Alabama Tourism Department with her trip. Travel South USA and Alabama’s shared representative in Italy, Olga Mazzoni also assisted with this project.