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Birmingham, Alabama
Developing Young Leaders Through Civil Rights History
Developing Young Leaders Through Civil Rights History

Participants in the Youth Leadership Program visit Washington, D.C. Image courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

With the support of a challenge grant from the NEH, the Legacy Youth Leadership program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) trains local high school students to become certified docents at BCRI over the course of a summer. Through the training, 20 to 25 students learn about BCRI’s permanent galleries and archival holdings. They also delve into American history from Columbus forward with a specific focus on the Civil Rights Movement. The summer program offers leadership training, preparing participants to lead tours for BCRI visitors of all ages and become community leaders in the longer term.

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