Visit the Martin Luther King Center!
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the official, living memorial to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here, your students will learn more about his work.
The organisation was founded by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., in the year following his assassination. Originally operating out of the King’s family home, the centre moved to its current location in 1981.
The centre is dedicated to research, education and training in the principles, philosophy and methods of Kingian nonviolence.
Did you know?
The Martin Luther King Jr. Center lies within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Other important buildings here include his boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was baptised and where both he and his father served as pastors.
Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute!
Learn all about Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and gain a deeper understanding of human rights issues worldwide at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute!
Located in the city’s famous Civil Rights District, the institute focuses on using the lessons of the past to help to chart a new future free of discrimination.
Your students will also learn more about the lives of African-Americans before and during the Civil Rights Movement.
Did you know?
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is located in the city’s Civil Rights District, a downtown area of the city where many significant events took place during the 1950s and 1960s. As well as the institute, the district is home to the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was the target of a racially-motivated bombing in 1963 and Kelly Ingram Park, where many civil rights protests were held.
Visit the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site!
Learn all about the pioneering Tuskegee Airmen who were the first African-Americans to fly in the US military!
Prior to 1940, African-Americans weren’t allowed to fly in the US Air Force, but that changed in 1941 due to considerable pressure from civil rights movements. A military ‘experiment’ to see if African-Americans could be trained to fly was set up at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. Of course, they could and they went on to be one of the highest regarded fighter groups of the Second World War.
The Tuskegee Airmen’s story of overcoming segregation and discrimination paved the way for other African-Americans to join the US military.
Did you know?
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-Americans to fly in the US military, but they weren’t the first African-American fighter pilots. It’s believed that honour goes to Eugene Bullard, who flew for France in the First World War.