Race To Freedom
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), in partnership with The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, NASCAR, Honda, Southern Custom Exhibits, Microsoft and The Southern Center for Broadening Participation, is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit this July in conjunction with The World Games. 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.
The exhibit takes visitors through an observation of the space within society where African Americans have engaged in inventive ways to incite change and advocate for equality. The narrative and full-sensory experience will encourage visitors to consider the harrowing intersection of racism in sports and sports as conduit for progress. The points of reflection, or marks on the track of progress, include Segregation, Discrimination and Stereotypes, Activism and Change.
Microsoft and The Southern Center for Broadening Participation will be onsite presenting STEAM Saturdays at BCRI in support of these activities commemorating The World games, attracting elementary, middle and high school students to enhance and enrich STEM experiences. Our aim is to increase STEAM literacy enabling students to learn more deeply and think critically in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEAM).