ABOUT BCRI

 

Address

520 16th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203

 

Contact

1-866-328-9696 or bcri@bcri.org

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI)

Mission

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.

Vision

We stand strong as THE CORNERSTONE of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an ongoing mission.

Values

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is committed to:

  • Preserving and telling the Birmingham story
  • Being a good steward of archival and financial resources
  • Creating programs that encourage cultural awareness
  • Championing civil and human rights by facilitating an atmosphere of dialogue and understanding

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.

 

 Written by Board Chair Emerita, Odessa Woolfolk

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2005

Received American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

• Fewer than 5% of museums have this designation

 One of only seven museums accredited in Alabama       

2006

Received National Coming Up Taller Award
for After-School Program at the White House

2007

Awarded National Medal for Museum and Library Science
at the White House
Joined Smithsonian Institution Affiliation
  • One of only three museums in Alabama with designation

2009

Named Alabama Attraction of the Year by the
Alabama Tourism Department
Collaborated in Development of the
Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail

2012

 Named by BudgetTravel as One of the 15 Places in the Country That Children Should Visit Before They’re 15

 Recognized as the #1 Birmingham Attraction

(out of 31) by TripAdvisor

Named as One of the Top  10Attractions for the Nation’s Children to Visit by Yahoo®Travel

Joined the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Featured in New York Times Annual Museums Issue

Named with the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park as Alabama Attraction of the Year by the Alabama Tourism Department

2013

First Organization to Receive “I AM A MAN” Award
from the April 4th Foundation in Memphis, TN

Featured in National Geographic’s Book, “100 Places
That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Back
Yard to the Ends of the Earth”

Chosen to House the Congressional Gold Medal
Posthumously Awarded to the 4 Little Girls Killed During
the 1963 Bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church

2016

Featured as the #2 attraction (out of 79) in Birmingham by TripAdviser.

2017

Designated as part of a Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, along with the A.G.Gaston Motel, Kelly Ingram Park, The 16th Street Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.

Birmingham Timeline

1977

David Vann

David Vann

Birmingham Mayor David Vann mentions in a weekly news conference that a civil rights museum would be an appropriate project for the city.

1978

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council endorses Mayor Vann’s recommends the creation of a civil rights museum.

1979

Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr.

Mayor Vann is defeated in his bid for re-election by Dr. Richard Arrington, Jr., Birmingham’s first African American mayor. Birmingham City Council adopts a resolution authorizing the mayor to form a museum committee to conduct a feasibility study.

1981

Horace Huntley

Mayor Arrington appoints former mayor, David Vann, and UAB historian Horace Huntley to co-chair a Civil Rights Museum Study Committee. The Committee recommends that the city incorporate a Board of Directors and acquire property for a museum.  The City of Birmingham begins acquiring property for a civil rights museum.

1983

Mission Set

Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr. appoints a Civil Rights Institute Task Force to create a mission statement and plan for the new facility.  Odessa Woolfolk, Director of the UAB Center for Urban Affairs, and Frank Young, Chairman of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, serve as co-chairs of the Task Force.  The Task Force..Read More

1987

Schematics Approved

Civil Rights Institute Task Force approves schematic drawings and a program statement developed by the architectural firm Bond Ryder James and museum consultants, the American History Workshop.  Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr. authorizes plans for a Civil Rights Cultural District, including a renovated Kelly Ingram Park, a Jazz Hall of Fame in..Read More

1991

Revenue Bonds

The Historical Preservation Authority of Birmingham issues revenue bonds for financing a portion of the cost of redesigning Kelly Ingram Park and constructing the Civil Rights Institute.

1992

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the City of Birmingham enter into a funding and management agreement for both the Institute and the Carver properties, which include the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.  November 14, 1992The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute unveils a statue of Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth sculpted by John Rhoden..Read More

Grand Opening

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opens to the public.

BCRI Team

It takes a strong team of individuals to make the programs of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute available to the public.  BCRI is operated and governed by a board of directors and a staff of full and part-time professionals and interns working together to fulfill the BCRI’s mission.

BCRI Board of Directors

Mike Oatridge

Chair 

Janice Kelsey
Secretary

Thomas L. Wilder, Jr.
Treasurer

Doug Jones
Immediate Past Chair

 

Glyn Agnew
Jeffrey Bayer
Walter Body

Isaac Cooper
Bing Edwards
Michele Elrod
Rosilyn Houston
Ann Huckstep
Danny Markstein
J. John Oros, Jr.
Jonathan Porter
Isabel Rubio

W. Frank Topping
Cameron Vowell

 


Odessa Woolfolk
Chair Emerita

Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth
1922-2011

Mayor Randall Woodfin
Ex Officio
 Andrea L. Taylor
President & CEO

BCRI STAFF

 

President & CEO – Andrea L. Taylor

Vice President of Finance and Operations- Carol A. Wells

Vice President, Development Jennifer Fields Hall

Head of Communications- Melissa Snow-Clark

Development Consultant: Patrick Packer

Head of Archives and Technology- Wayne Coleman

Coordinator of Youth Programs- Angela Michelle Craig

Information Systems Administrator- Michael Holland

Building/Grounds Superintendent- David W. Davis

Operations Manager- LeRoy Simmons

Gift Store Manager- Carolyn Cunningham

Outreach Coordinator and Education Manager: Charles Woods

Group Tour Coordinator- Staci McCloud

Gallery Experience Manager Traci Jones

Membership and ticketing manager: Tamiika Smith

Education Assistant: Joi Brown

Education Consultant: Barry McNealy

 

VISIT US

Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 P.M.

Every day from MLK Day – February.

 

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BCRI will open @ 9 am on Tues.-Fri. during February. Sat. hours are 10 am-5 pm & Sun. hours are 1 - 5 pm. We are closed Mondays.