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

1963 Foot Soldiers meeting 2019 Foot Soldiers
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

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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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)

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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Restoration of Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston Motel, a “sacred” civil rights landmark, is underway

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Odessa Woolfolk speaking at the announcement of the restoration of A.G. Gaston Hotel. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Today, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement’s most treasured landmarks – the A.G. Gaston Motel.

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Birmingham area dominates state’s top tourist attractions rankings, but we found some huge omissions

Birmingham’s beloved Vulcan, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The Alabama Tourism Department released their 2018 annual lists of top state attractions by attendance, and once again the Birmingham metro area made a strong showing.

Despite that, we did find some glaring omissions.

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5 Birmingham museums to offer free admission on Museum Day, including McWane Science Center, on Saturday, September 22

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Arts and culture were celebrated in August 2018 at Birmingham’s annual Art on the Rocks. Photo via Art Birmingham Museum of Art

From art to science to fire engines, Birmingham is home to an incredible list of museums. Plan a visit on Museum Day happening Sat., Sept. 22 and get you and a friend in free! Continue reading “5 Birmingham museums to offer free admission on Museum Day, including McWane Science Center, on Saturday, September 22”