AmeriCorps Alum to Bring Voice of People to Next President
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
BJ Hill, an AmeriCorps NCCC alumnus (Class VII, Denver) has announced his plans to walk across America.
Beginning in San Francisco, Hill will hike through Carson City NV, Salt Lake City, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Omaha, St. Louis, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York City, his hometown of Leicester, Mass., Worcester, and finish 4200 miles later in Boston. Walking 18 miles a day, the entire trip will take seven months, from March 1 to the last week of October.
One month before the gubernatorial elections in 2006, Hill walked across Massachusetts. He hiked from Williamstown to Provincetown, asking the people he met along the way to write their hopes, concerns and ideas for their newly elected leader in a spiral bound notebook he carried with him. Shortly after his inauguration, Governor Deval Patrick met with Hill, and received the hundreds of messages as a symbol from the people of Massachusetts. Governor Patrick called the project an example of “finding common cause and pulling people together.” The book is now preserved in the gubernatorial archives.
During this walk, Hill will collect messages from Americans across the country, to deliver to the next president. Hill will be posting stories and photos from his trek on his blog; www.WalkAmerica2008.com. Until he leaves, Hill is training, arranging places to stay, and seeking sponsors/donors for the walk. For more information, please see http://www.walkacrossmass.com/, www.walkamerica2008.blogspot.com, e-mail or call BJ Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.