About The Institute
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
Received American Alliance of Museums Accreditation
- Fewer than 5% of museums have this designation
- One of only seven museums accredited in Alabama
Received National Coming Up Taller Award
for After-School Program at the White House
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.
Joined Smithsonian Institution Affiliation
• One of only three museums in Alabama with designation
Named Alabama Attraction of the Year by the
Alabama Tourism Department
Collaborated in Development of the
Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail
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
First Organization to Receive “I AM A MAN” Awardfrom t he 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
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 30th anniversary in 2022, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.