Informed by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s historic galleries, The Movement shares Birmingham’s history through visual narratives and self guided tours that weave visitors in and out of the Institute, Birmingham’s downtown, and neighborhood landmarks. See the truthful history through the lens of emerging social justice leaders. 

Celebrate Pride

We are proud to serve as a gathering place for the community! Pride Month at BCRI featured an onsite and virtual conversation with HRC Alabama and other experts who offered help in surmounting Alabama’s anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Through our programming, we provide a forum for dialogue and community engagement for all people. There’s no question that our LGBTQ+ community is more in need of support than ever. At this event, we investigated how the struggle for civil rights in 1960s Birmingham can serve as a case study of conflict resolution that has global applications.

History is Happening

As we navigate these difficult times in American history, you shared in our duty to preserve the Birmingham civil rights story. For this we are extremely thankful. Your kindness and compassion are great sources of inspiration. Because of your contributions, we are able to keep exploring our common past and work together in the present to build a better future. Our donors make it possible to continue enlightening each generation about civil and human rights. So, your donations are actually helping to impact the lives of so many people. You give us the strength to stand strong as the cornerstone of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an ongoing mission.

Still Making Good Trouble

Decades after the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the fight for human rights in America continued as advocates and activists gathered to collaborate for social justice and political change. Along with BCRI Interim President and CEO, DeJuana Thompson, five members of the BCRI staff joined in the planning and execution of the historic event at our nation’s capital. 

Inspiring speeches from the leaders of more than 50 organizations were calls to action – not only to those in attendance, but to elected and appointed officials as well. 

K-12 Online Learning Guides

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.





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Experience Civil Rights through our online collection








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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