BCRI provides free educational programs to K-12 students thatintroduce and explore the lessons of the civil rights movement. Incorporating interactive programs such as “Tug-of-war” to describe the events of 1963 (Children’s March and Sixteenth Street Church Bombing), role-play, oral histories and documentary films, BCRI empowers students with a better understanding of the civil rights movement’s complexities. BCRI Outreach programs reach an audience of 20,000 people annually in area schools, churches, club meetings and other venues.  For more information, contact the Education Department at  (205) 328-9696, ext. 246.

Legacy Youth Leadership Program

The Legacy Youth Leadership Program utilizes BCRI’s mission, collections, programs, and partnerships to engage area high school students in a series of training experiences and internship opportunities that will help them develop into lifelong learners, productive citizens, and community leaders. 

The objective of LYLP is to: 1) promote student confidence, self-esteem, character, and community involvement through active participation, and (2) involve students as leaders in project planning and implementation.  Upon acceptance into the program, students are expected to attend a series of 12 weekly participatory workshops. The workshops will help build students’ knowledge base of BCRI’s permanent galleries, archival holdings, and public programs through three segments: BCRI exhibitions, African American history and culture, and leadership development. Students will also be expected to attend BCRI public programs as well as participate in college visits. In the summer, students who successfully complete the program will serve as Docents (tour guides) at BCRI. LYLP alumni are expected to continue to serve as BCRI volunteers throughout their high school tenure.

BCAP (Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership)

The Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership (BCAP) is BCRI’s award-winning collaborative project of seven of the city’s major museums and the public library to provide after-school learning opportunities designed to enhance the cultural literacy and academic achievement of students and their parents. The purpose of the project is to create a positive community learning environment that will enhance student achievement, increase student participation in enrichment activities, involve families in learning and enrichment activities and build partnerships between the school and community organizations.  BCAP Partners include Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Public Library, McWane Science Center, Southern Museum of Flight, and Vulcan Park and Museum.

BCAP is funded by the Alabama State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

Community of Readers

The Community of Readers program at BCRI aims to bridge the gap between literacy and parental involvement by instructing families about better reading habits, promoting local parents’ belief in their own capabilities as educational mentors, and using books to enhance the time that families spend together.


Heritage Alive! is a series of FREE 45-minute programs designed by BCRI that engage young learners with weekly interactive activities.

Heritage Alive! features one book each month with new activities presented each week. Lead teachers attending the program will receive a copy of the book, the month’s syllabus and a bibliography of related books for young readers

Benefits of Heritage Alive!:

  • Improves students‘ literacy skills through the introduction of books and stories written and illustrated by African Americans
  • Helps foster children’s understanding of other cultures and people
  • Increases students’understanding of similarities and differences of people
  • Encourages students to enjoy reading and to become life long learners

Reserve Your Place Today! Contact our Education Department at (205) 328-9696.


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