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.Continue reading “How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities”
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.Continue reading “Week-long Juneteenth celebrations begin with 2nd annual parade at Kelly Ingram Park on June 13”
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.Continue reading “18 organizations that help build bridges between young people in Birmingham”
Birmingham, let me introduce you to a 9-year-old reader, superhero and budding philanthropist. His name is Ethan Hill.
Hang out with us as Bham Nower Chaise shows you 6 museums in the city that bring people to Birmingham from all over the world.
Check out this video! ⬇️Continue reading “Tag along with Bham Now to 6 of Birmingham’s coolest museums (VIDEO)”
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.Continue reading “3 reasons to check out Taste of Freedom, with food from Bham’s best African-American chefs–Nov. 2”
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.Continue reading “First time in the south! Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow opens October 18th at 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.
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.
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.
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.
56 years ago this month they changed the world.
It is a part of the history of Birmingham we shall never forget.
Today, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement’s most treasured landmarks – the A.G. Gaston Motel.
Despite that, we did find some glaring omissions.