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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI)
To enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future.

We stand strong as THE CORNERSTONE of the civil rights story, a living memorial with an ongoing mission.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is committed to:

Preserving and telling the Birmingham story
Being a good steward of archival and financial resources
Creating programs that encourage cultural awareness
Championing civil and human rights by facilitating an atmosphere of dialogue and understanding
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.