Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI)
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 stand strong as THE CORNERSTONE of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an ongoing mission.
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
Received American Alliance of Museums Accreditation
• Fewer than 5% of museums have this designation
• One of only seven museums accredited in Alabama
Awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service (IMLS), the the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Since 1994, IMLS has presented the award to institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service.
• One of only three museums in Alabama with designation
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
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
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
Featured as the #2 attraction (out of 79) in Birmingham by TripAdviser.
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.
Received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI
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.
If you are interested in working at BCRI, visit our job openings page.
BCRI Board of Directors
Isaac Cooper, IMC Financial Consulting
Cassandra W. Adams, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Danny Markstein, Markstein
Richard A. Rice, The Rice Firm, LLC
Angela D. McKenzie, Regions Bank
Carlos Alemán, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nyesha Cheyenne Black, PhD., Noire Analytics
William H. Burgess, III, The Burgess Group
Yolanda Clayton, Alabama State University & Alabama A&M University/Clayton and Associates, LLC
Robert Dickerson, Birmingham Resource Center
Daryl R. Grant, KPMG Advisory Services
Rosilyn Houston, BBVA USA
J. John Oros Jr., Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jonathan Porter, Alabama Power
John D. Saxon, John D. Saxon, P.C.
David A. Thomas, Starbucks
Rev. Gwendolyn C. Webb, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church/Foot Soldiers International, Inc.
Rev. Thomas L. Wilder Jr., Bethel Baptist Church
Immediate Past Chair
Special Director of Transition
Mayor Randall Woodfin
Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 P.M.