Up to 200 young people from New Orleans will participate in a civil rights history tour of Alabama on July 22, through a program sponsored by the National Basketball Retired Players Association.

The tour will include the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

NBRPA board member Eldridge Recasner, who grew up in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans and starred at Alfred Lawless High School before going on to an eight-year career in the NBA, will join NBRPA President Arnie D. Fielkow and other chaperones on the civil rights history tour.

“New Orleans will always be my home, and I am thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to teach young people that could have been me a few decades ago,” said Recasner, who now lives in Seattle. “Programming that educates our youth about past societal struggles and the heroes that helped usher in progress are essential to the NBRPA mission, and I am proud to participate and support our civil rights history tour as a board member.”

Parents or guardians of youth interested in participating in the tour can contact Friends of King Schools at (504) 940-2243, or email Doris Roche-King at doris@dorishicks.com or Elise Adams at eadams@mlknola.org.

Also, the National Basketball Retired Players Association will present a youth basketball and mentoring clinic on Friday, July 24, at a location to be determined. The clinic for ages 10 to 16 is part of the association’s Full Court Press: Prep for Success program.