Past Events

PAST EVENTS

January 2023
Jan 24
January 24, 2023
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Bring your lunch and join in a discussion of ancient African tradition of “Remembering your Soul” based on the book Duma’s Song by Author Jenny Lewis. Register today.

Free
Jan 16
January 16, 2023
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Join us for a day of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a number of engaging activities & performances from Birmingham artists! The event is free. Please register to reserve your time slot. Day's Activities Scavenger hunts & quizzes … Read More

Free
December 2022
Dec 22
December 22, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Join the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on December 22nd for a celebration of the origin and history of Kwanzaa through the arts. The event will open with drummers and dancers, followed by a presentation from Legacy students highlighting the history … Read More

Free
Dec 10
December 10, 2022

Our reader is Sandra Henderson. She is a retired Library Director from Lawson State Community College. She has also served  as librarian in the Birmingham Public School System and the Birmingham Public Library. Ms Henderson loves reading  and children’s books. She loves sharing her unique oral creative skills with students and children of all ages.

Free
November 2022
Nov 19
November 19, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Open for viewing November 19, 2022 until January 8, 2023. This special exhibit will travel across the country to educate families on what has happened in the past in hopes of fostering racial harmony and reconciliation today.

$15.00
Nov 18
November 18, 2022

Don't miss the commemoration of The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's grand opening in 1992! Culminating a week of festivities, our celebration will feature a night of great conversations, performances, reflection and a one-night-only special exhibit featuring thirty years of archival acquisitions and exquisite programs.

$250
Nov 13
November 13, 2022
Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States

Produced by Theater MSU, Anne and Emmett is a stage production depicting an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred. Anne Frank, the 13-year-old Jewish girl hose diary provided a gripping perspective of the Holocaust. Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy whose brutal 1955 murder in Mississippi sparked the Modern American Civil Rights Movement. The one-act play opens with the two teenagers meeting in Memory, a place that isolates them from the cruelty they experienced during their lives.

$18
Nov 01
November 01, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

BCRI and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeastern United States proudly present a panel discussion with members of Sharaka - a nongovernmental organization that showcases the people-to-people diplomacy made possible the the Abraham Accords, the peace and normalization agreements between Israel, The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. Our president and CEO, DeJuana Thompson, and the panelists will discuss the impact that civil society and individuals can have in bringing peoples together through the process of peace and collaboration.

Free
October 2022
Oct 27
October 27, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Ms. Odessa Woolfolk, founding president of BCRI will bring opening remarks and Dr. Calvin Briggs (Southern Center for STEM) will moderate the panel, which will include African Americans who grew up in Birmingham and pursued careers in the sciences during the civil rights movement. Light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served and all those interested can take part in telescope and virtual reality observations.

Free
Oct 15
October 15, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

"It is my hope that the reading of this book will result in casual as well as in-depth discussions about this topic. I hope it will alleviate the awkwardness and discomfort many children (and adults) feel when in the presence of a person with disabilities. I hope that parents and others with special needs kids in their lives will be encouraged as they see Noah and his mom focus less on the limitations of what they cannot do and more on the endless possibilities of what they CAN DO. And that can make a world of difference."

Free
September 2022
Sep 17
September 17, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors — it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities.

Free
August 2022
Aug 27
August 27, 2022
Carver Theater, 1631 4th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States

Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare in the U.S. and how COVID-19 exposed the tragic consequences of this inequity.

$15.00
Aug 20
August 20, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Black authors from all over the nation will gather to share their literature, stories, and inspiration. Come meet them and purchase signed copies of their books!

Free
July 2022
Jul 28
July 28, 2022
Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203 United States

This discussion will examine how the mid-1960s were a turning point not only for the Civil Rights movement, but also the history of free speech in the U.S. From the Civil Rights Act to landmark Supreme Court decisions, the boundaries of the First Amendment were tested in ways that affected civil rights in the decades following.

Free
Jul 16
July 16, 2022

Microsoft and The Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM will be onsite presenting STEAM Sporting Saturdays for kids July 9th and 16th from 11:00am until 2:30pm.

Free
Jul 09
July 09, 2022

Microsoft and The Southern Center for Broadening Participation in STEM will be onsite presenting STEAM Sporting Saturdays for kids July 9th and 16th from 11:00am until 2:30pm! This special addition will feature a gaming lounge, virtual reality exploration, coding, robotics, … Read More

Free
Jul 07
July 07, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Race to Freedom: African Americans in Sports & The Marathon for Progress will be an interactive display bringing into focus the powerful symbol of the wide-ranging challenges and triumphs in the nation’s history of race and racism - sports.

$10.00
June 2022
Jun 25
June 25, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

Through this series of events, we investigated how the struggle for civil rights in 1960s Birmingham can serve as a case study of conflict resolution that has global applications. These Pride Month programs helped us to answer the call to champion diversity and inclusion by acknowledging the contributions of all social justice leaders.

Free
Jun 18
June 18, 2022
Birmingham Civil Right Institute, 520 16th St N.
Birmingham, Alabama

We’ll see you on June 18th at The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute! The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is pleased to invite you to take part in our 2022 Juneteenth (Freedom Day) Celebration on Saturday, June 18th. We’ll host a series of exciting features for … Read More

Free
April 2022
Apr 26
April 26, 2022

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was pleased to partner with The Birmingham Association of Realtors (BAR), the Birmingham Realtist Association, Barnes & Associates Realtors, Bancorp South | Cadence, and Arkadia One Studios for the premier of a short documentary film … Read More

February 2022
Feb 01
February 01, 2022

This year's Black History Month theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explored the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States. We featured an interactive virtual town hall surrounding our nation’s history of housing discrimination … Read More

December 2021
Dec 26
December 26, 2021

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute presented a free community event to celebrate and learn more about the history and etymology of Kwanzaa! Families were offered fun crafts, hot cocoa, West African drumming, and great books about the annual celebration of … Read More

November 2021
Nov 15
November 15, 2021

In 1992, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was founded with a charge of preserving and promoting the legacy of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. In joyful commemoration of our 29th anniversary, we invited the community to join us … Read More

September 2021
Sep 15
September 15, 2021

Ten years ago after Alabama's HB56 anti-immigration bill shook us to the core, BCRI invited the community to gather for a weekend of Latinx heritage, celebration, and reflection. Our free community activities included Spanish interpreted tours of our historic galleries … Read More

August 2021
Aug 24
August 24, 2021

So many interesting and important personalities have come out of Birmingham but none more so than the individuals whose likenesses adorn the exterior wall of the Firehouse Community Arts Center located in Avondale. Sun Ra, the Rev Fred Shuttlesworth, Angela … Read More