About The Institute

About the Institute

Our Mission

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.

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


  • Alabama Attraction of the Year
  • American Alliance of Museums Accreditation
  • Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Designation
  • International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
  • National Medal for Museum and Library Service
  • Smithsonian Institution Affiliation


Our Team

It takes a team of experienced and motivated professionals with a belief in our mission to enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to building a better future.

To reach our staff, please email bcri@bcri.org. 

DeJuana L. Thompson
President & CEO

Samantha E. Briggs, PhD
Vice President, Education

Wayne Coleman
Head of Archives

LaBarron McClendon
Vice President, Human Resources

Tiffani Saxton
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Katina Smith
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Carol Wells
Vice President, Finance & Operations

Charles Woods, III
Director, Education & Training

Board of Directors

Isaac Cooper
Chairman, IMC Financial Consulting

Danny Markstein
Vice Chairman, Markstein

Angela D. McKenzie
Treasurer, Regions Bank

Nyesha Cheyenne Black, PhD
Secretary, Noire Analytics

Carlos Alemán, PhD
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

Alice Bowsher
Alice Bowsher Consulting

William H. Burgess, III
The Burgess Group

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Robert Dickerson
Birmingham Business Resource Center

Deontée Gordon

Daryl R. Grant
KPMG Advisory Services

Anthony Hood, PhD
First Horizon Bank

Rosilyn Houston
Santander Bank, N.A.

Natalie Kelly
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Jonathan Porter
Alabama Power

John D. Saxon
John D. Saxon, P.C.

Arian Simone
The Fearless Fund

Mashonda Taylor
Woodlawn United

David A. Thomas
David Thomas Consulting

Rev. Gwendolyn C. Webb
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church

Nick Willis
PNC Bank

Odessa Woolfolk, Chair Emerita

Mayor Randall Woodfin, Ex Officio

Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, 1922-2011

2023 Annual Report