Check out this outdoor classroom series inspired by an Avondale mural

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Know Your History mural outside of the Firehouse Community Center. Photo via Carmen Waldrop for Bham Now

If you’ve walked through Avondale recently, you’ve more than likely passed by the mural of Sun Ra, Fred Shuttlesworth, Spider Martin and Angela Davis. It’s no secret the significance the city of Birmingham played during the Civil Rights Movement. However, did you know that four of the most powerful figures during this movement have roots right here in the city of Birmingham?

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How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities

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Students from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Every February we celebrate Black History Month—a time to reflect, celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans. What was originally “Negro History Week,” turned into a month-long celebration of Black history because DUH! Black is beautiful, courageous, inspiring and so many other adjectives that I don’t have room to list. Before I start bragging about my heritage, here’s how you can observe the month in Birmingham and around Alabama.

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Week-long Juneteenth celebrations begin with 2nd annual parade at Kelly Ingram Park on June 13

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1963 Foot Soldiers meeting with 2019 Foot Soldiers in Kelly Ingram Park. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Mark your calendars Birmingham.  The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute have scheduled numerous Juneteenth events beginning the morning of Saturday, June 13th a parade and ending with a solemn candlelight vigil on June 21.

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18 organizations that help build bridges between young people in Birmingham

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These girls from Girls Rock Birmingham mean business. Photo via Girls Rock Birmingham’s Facebook page

One of the most powerful ways for young people to build bridges is by getting involved in organizations designed to promote friendship, common purpose and cross-cultural understanding. We found 18 such organizations here in Birmingham, and we know there are countless others. Keep reading to find out what we learned and then let us know what we missed.

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United Way Supports Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Community of Reading Program and young superhero

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Meet Ethan Hill and his parents David and Ebony Hill. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham, let me introduce you to a 9-year-old reader, superhero and budding philanthropist. His name is Ethan Hill.

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3 reasons to check out Taste of Freedom, with food from Bham’s best African-American chefs–Nov. 2

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Shrimp and grits from Simone’s Kitchen ATL. Photo via Facebook.

If there is one thing Birmingham loves, it’s food. On November 2nd, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is showing off soulful culinary creations from the top African-American chefs at Taste of Freedom. Check out what it’s all about.

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First time in the south! Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow opens October 18th at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow – Exhibition Poster. Via New-York Historical Society

Maybe you’ve heard personal stories from your grandparents? Or studied civil rights in school. Understanding the struggles many faced before you isn’t an easy task, but it’s worth trying. For many African Americans, the struggle for rightful treatment as a U.S. Citizen was significant and heart-breaking. Presented for the first time in the south, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow will offer an immersive exhibit from October 18 to December 31, 2019 so you can see the challenges for yourself. Plan your visit now.

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Students tour Alabama’s African American Heritage Sites with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with an eye on preserving them

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Students from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Twenty students in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program returned last week from a three-day tour in Alabama of historical sites critical to the African American community between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights era through today.

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Birmingham celebrates 65th Anniversary of A.G. Gaston Motel and designates A.G. Gaston Blvd. (Photos)

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Unveiling of the A.G. Gaston Boulevard signs at the A.G. Gaston Motel on July 1, 2019. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin was joined by Sen. Doug Jones and community leaders today in the courtyard of the A.G. Gaston Motel to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the landmark’s opening.

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is opening a new exhibit honoring the legacy of A.G. Gaston on July 2

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A.G. Gaston Exhibition at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opens July 2, 2019. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) will open a new exhibit Tuesday, July 2nd honoring the legacy of A.G. Gaston (1892 – 1996), among the most successful African American businessmen and entrepreneurs in Alabama history.

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Live music. Dance. Basketball. Don’t miss Juneteenth celebration with Birmingham Civil Rights Institute at Kelly Ingram Park on June 15.

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Celebration of Juneteenth at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. Photo by Larry O. Gay with permission

Get out and celebrate the 20th annual Juneteenth with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). Juneteenth commemorates the freedom of enslaved African-Americans in the U.S. This year’s event will be Saturday, June 15, 11:00AM to 6:00PM at Kelly Ingram Park. It’s free! Here’s why you need to go.

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