CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY 2013: BCRI, Reaching out and Beyond - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY 2013: BCRI, Reaching out and Beyond

By Bettina Boateng

  The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a nationally recognized research center and museum with a goal of keeping hard civil rights lesson learned in the past relevant, now and in the future.

"It's not just black history, this is American history and the events that happened here in Birmingham changed the entire world," said Head of Communication Ahmad Ward.

A world, where 50 years ago, focused on Birmingham as riots, violence, protests and bombings, all unfolded around the current site of the BCRI.  As the Institute, along with the City of Birmingham and multiple community partners, commemorates and honors those who took part in efforts during the civil rights; the institute is even more committed to educating the masses, not only during Black History month but everyday on race relations, positive civil and human rights for all.

"We want to show the impact of human rights issues all over the globe; so our goal is to push all events. It is not just a black and white thing, it's not just a race thing; we are talking about gender relations, religious relations and so much more. Wherever we can show where young people, old people, regular folks have a specific change and can take action to yield positive results, we want to highlight it," said Ward.

When it comes to educating young minds, the push to keep important historical lessons, relevant, relatable and resonating is the aim of educators. Currently BCRI experts are using creative ways outside of the institute... in sharing tough lessons to younger minds and communities across the state.

In our Alabama's 13 Black History report, Bettina Boateng takes you inside the BCRI and shows how Civil and Human rights experts are reaching beyond the institute's doors in efforts of keeping the hard learned lessons endured not to long ago, as a motivating catalyst for progressive and positive change for all.

Please click on the video player above to view the report.

For more information on the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute or the 50 Years Forward Initiative, please visit the web site links listed below.


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


50 Years Forward





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