Living History Tour: 

The Black/African American Experience

New Orleans, Louisiana

October 8-12, 2020 

A cultural experience empowering YOU to close racial gaps by looking into the past.  Learn how our collective past impacts us all and what we can do NOW to create change for a positive future.

Tour Overview

Join us for this unique four-night and five-day cultural experience. Build community with a fantastic group of individuals who are open to growth through uncomfortable conversations around race and culture. This tour provides the perfect balance of intentional hands-on learning and time to explore the city on your own accord.

New Orleans is known for its food, fun, jazz, and it's tenacious spirit. Often overlooked is the amazing cultural experience that the Crescent City offers, unlike anywhere else in the United States of America. 

Stroll down the French Quarter and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer. Enjoy Cajun and Creole food, which gets its roots from and Spanish settlers and enslaved Africans. 

Take a boat ride through the mangrove swamp to learn about the important ecosystem that protects Louisiana's coastline from hurricane damage but also was used as a tool to entrap slaves onto plantations. 


Find cultural perspective under the shade of centuries-old oak trees at Whitney Plantation. Dig into the history of slavery and discover how the structures of slavery are to this day rooted in our society, much like the trees you stand beneath.

Discover the importance of unity as you learn about Mardi Gras Indians. Create your own piece of art inspired by traditions dating back to the 1800s when Native Americans helped shield runaway slaves.

Why New Orleans?




Thursday Day 1:

Arrive on your own time. 

3:00 pm Check-In at Hotel Starts

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Meet and Greet in Lobby

6:00 pm -8:00 pm Welcome Dinner


Friday Day 2:

8:00 am-3:00 pm Cultural Perspective:

Swamp Tour and Whitney Plantation Tour 

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Facilitated Discussion


Saturday Day 3:

11:45 am - 2:00 pm Cultural Expression:

Food History Tour Starts

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Facilitated Discussion 

Optional: What's Happening In Town  


Sunday Day 4:

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Cultural Mindfulness:

Sip and Sew

2:00 pm - 3:30 Facilitated Discussion

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Closing Dinner


Monday Day 5:

Free Day

Depart on Your Own Time


The Bennies

→ During this five-day experience,  you will gain tools to work through the discomfort of conversations around race, diversity, and inclusion in order to access true interpersonal growth and have better conversations with diverse groups. In order to achieve this, you will be guided on excursions to locations like the Whitney Plantation and see first hand the generational trauma Blacks/African Americans have been subjected to. 

→ Through this tour, you gain access to experiential learning through travel and activities. After each curated session, a facilitated debrief discussion is provided to dive deeper into the topics and process what you learned in a healthier way.

→ You will be able to view the city of New Orleans from a new lens and walk away with a deeper understanding of a few of the hidden gems found in the crescent city. In between music, food, and play, there will be facilitated deep conversation around our hand-selected excursions.

→ Expand your circle of people and gain a new support system to exchange your thoughts and conversations. We provide the tools to keep connected with your tour group before, during, and after the tour.

→ The knowledge learned during this tour is applicable to both personal and business growth. This will open your perspective on cross-cultural issues.


What's Included

→ 4-Star Accommodations

→ 3 Meals (1 Lunch and 2 Dinners) 

→ Cultural Mindfulness Excursion

→ Cultural Expression Excursion

→ Cultural Perspective Excursion

→ Professional Facilitator 

→ Gratuity

→ Carbon Offset Contribution

→ Enrollment Into Online Pre-Discussion 

→ Post-Trip Group Checkin and Support


What is Not Included

→ Flights

→ Ground Transportation (walking is the primary mode of transportation)

→ Meals Not Listed Above

→ Alcoholic Beverages

→ Travel Protection. (Travel Protection is Highly Recommended. Sydney Can Provide a Quote From Preferred Partner)

→This tour is not able to accommodate major mobility needs. Future tours to a different location will be more accessible. 


Elyse Sundita

Elyse Sundita is a social entrepreneur who loves collaboration and travel. Elyse has worked with non-profits, for-profits, corporations and small businesses for the past 17 years. Her work as a Diversity and Inclusion facilitator with Culture Energized, a lead mentor to youth groups around the Adams 12 district, and the CEO of her own company, Elyse has the ability to make groups feel comfortable within moments.  Her unique perspective of guiding the conversations to get to the heart of the matter while keeping the integrity of the folx from all backgrounds is a skill that she has learned throughout her career. Elyse loves traveling, knitting and building community. She is thrilled to be part of this work and can't wait to have thoughtful (and tough) conversations with you!



Sydney Jackson - Clockston is the owner of Sydney Starr Travel and a Responsible Travel and Event Coordinator. Sydney has spent the last 10+ years in the hospitality and tourism industry working on a variety of projects including festivals, weddings, historic tour, and fundraisers. Sydney uses her passion for travel and events as a tool to create transformative experiences and make a positive impact on the world. 

Sydney's excited to have you join her and Elyse for this cultural experience in one of her personal favorite cities New Orleans, LA. She is a  New Orleans Travel Specialist and is confident that whether this is your first time to NOLA or your 100th time your experience will be unique.