Online Curriculum Guides & Lesson Plans

Part of our mission at BCRI is educating the public at-large about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and the rest of the country. Our education department is dedicated to reaching individuals, young and old, from all backgrounds and cultural groups, to convey the importance of this Movement then and now.







Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM. Closed Mondays.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM


Experience Civil Rights through our online collection





Breaking Color Lines in Baseball

All across America today, last minute taxpayers are compiling financial records and preparing to file a return or request an extension. Simultaneously, American baseball stadiums are celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, an annual event to commemorate April 15, 1947...

A Teachable Moment by Andrea L. Taylor, President and CEO of BCRI

The mission of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is to enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future. We believe that human and civil rights are universal,...

PRESS RELEASE: Shuttlesworth 2017

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to Present the 2017 Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award to activist Harry Belafonte, Former Birmingham Mayor Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr. and to activist Viola Liuzzo In honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Birmingham Civil...

Spider Martin: Image and Activism by Ahmad Ward

Original Post: November 19th, 2015 10:02 BCRI is privileged to have several subject matter specialists who are great resources for the media, scholars, educators, among others.  One of the most knowledgeable and accomplished is Ahmad Ward, BCRI's Head of Education and...

The Impact of Fear by Ahmad Ward

December 15th, 2015 14:24 Fear. It causes the best of us to make problematic decisions and say regrettable things.  Historically, fear has been at the root of some of the worst examples of discrimination and oppression this country has seen.  Fear of an emancipated...

From Talk Radio to Trump by Josh Cannon

Original Post: June 22nd, 2016 12:46 In August of 2014, on a local conservative talk radio station, I heard the host of a syndicated program liken African American protesters in Ferguson, Missouri  to “beasts,”  “animals,” and “savages.” He then equated people in...

Perspective by Ahmad Ward

Original post: August 3rd, 2016 14:03 As a Black man just entering his 40’s, I freely admit that there was a time when I believed certain things would not be achievable in my lifetime.  I thought that we may eventually see a Black Secretary of State or Attorney...

Black History Month Revisited by Charles Woods, III

Original Post: February 2017 13:17 First of all I would like to pay homage to Carter G. Woodson who is responsible for starting Negro History Week and getting it recognized throughout the country which led to what we now know as Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson...

Was the Civil Rights Movement Necessary? by Charles Woods, III

       “Why did people want to treat Black people badly?” said the little girl looking up at me at my first outreach as the new Outreach Coordinator for BCRI. (This particular outreach is called Tug – o – War and illustrates the struggles between the...
BCRI is participating in the Blue Star Museums program which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members, starting Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 through Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2018.  The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.


Our mission is to enlighten each generation on civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future. 


Fred L. Shuttlesworth Statue

This bronze statue by John Rhoden (1918–2001) was unveiled on November 14, 1992 during the dedication of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. It is located on 16th Street North near the entrance to the museum, facing Kelly Ingram Park.

Human Rights Gallery

The Human Rights gallery links the struggle for equality in Birmingham to movements for human rights throughout the world.

The Armored Vehicle

A focal point for the human rights gallery is one of the restored armored personnel vehicles used by Eugene “Bull” Connor in Birmingham.

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