How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities

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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Birmingham author on U.S. quarters praises choice of Tuskegee Airmen featured on Alabama coin

Design via the U.S. Mint featuring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program as

It took 10 years to unveil Alabama’s quarter as part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Program, but its selection of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is a “terrific choice” according to Jim Noles, Birmingham author  of  “A Pocketful of History”  stories behind the U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program.

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