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”
In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham rose to national and international fame as the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the efforts of Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Birmingham’s own Fred Shuttlesworth, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made all men equal in the eyes of the law. During Black History Month, we honor these leaders and more for their struggle toward equality. Here are must-see places and events you should check out in Birmingham during Black History Month.Continue reading “Your guide to Black History Month in Birmingham, including events and where to visit”
Who inspires you? Who motivates you to reach higher and achieve your dreams? If you’re a high school senior or a college student, you can turn your inspiration into education. Regions Bank is awarding scholarships for top essays that highlight inspirational African-Americans.
To kick off Black History Month, Vulcan Park and Museum commissioned and hosted Washington & DuBois: Two Opinions, One Goal, a two-man play as part of their educational series “Birmingham Revealed” and the state’s Alabama Bicentennial celebration.
Birmingham offers many ways to learn more about the Civil Rights movement, and to celebrate Black History Month. A visit to Birmingham can be a sobering, reflective and finally an uplifting experience for anyone interested in this period of our country’s history.