Civil rights

Myrlie Evers-Williams honored as Birmingham Civil Rights Institute celebrates 30 years

Friday’s Birmingham Civil Rights Institute awards ceremony recognized the impact the city of Birmingham has had on civil rights throughout history. Some call this city the cradle of the movement and many take advantage of the celebration of thirty years to look to the future. “Its mission remains more relevant than ever – that it is still here after 30 years – still continuing the mission on a larger scale,” Michelle Clemon, a participant at the BCRI awards ceremony. Many who celebrated civil and human rights on Friday said thirty years was no small feat. said Ahmad Ward, former BCRI Vice President for Education and Exhibitions. “This organization has been waving the flag on why this matters for 30 years.” Ward said the top winner at the awards ceremony is a woman who has been waving that same flag for more than 60 years. Medgar Evers was a key figure in historical civil rights society. He fought for the right to vote and helped overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. In 1963, Evers was brutally murdered outside his own home. He was only 37 years old. His widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, received the Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award at the ceremony. Since her husband’s assassination, Evers-Williams has dedicated her life to advancing social causes for all. “She took over to make sure this movement was passionate — that her efforts would continue,” Ward said. “Over the past 60 years, she has been at the forefront of every movement. Daphney Portis said Alabamians still carry Medgar Evers’ legacy to this day — protecting voters’ rights at the polls. speaks to this urgency that voting is not simply dead or that voting is a thing of the past and still impacts our lives today. civil and human rights. Ward suggests that if you couldn’t make it to tonight’s ceremony or haven’t been to institute in a while, do so. There are plenty of traveling and special exhibits to see about the institute’s 30-year history.

Friday’s Birmingham Civil Rights Institute awards ceremony recognized the impact the city of Birmingham has had on civil rights throughout history. Some call this city the cradle of the movement and many take advantage of the celebration of thirty years to look to the future.

“Its mission remains more relevant than ever – that it is still here after 30 years – still pursuing the mission on a larger scale,” said Michelle Clemon, a participant at the BCRI awards ceremony.

Many who celebrated civil and human rights on Friday said thirty years was no small feat.

“We had the children’s crusade, the church bombing — those things help change the world — not just America,” said Ahmad Ward, former vice president of education and exhibitions. of the BCRI. “This organization has been waving the flag on why it matters for 30 years.”

Ward said the top winner at the awards ceremony is a woman who has been waving the same flag for more than 60 years.

Medgar Evers was a key figure in civil rights history. He fought for the right to vote and helped overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. In 1963, Evers was brutally murdered outside his own home. He was only 37 years old.

His widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, received the Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award at the ceremony. Since her husband’s assassination, Evers-Williams has dedicated her life to advancing social causes for all.

“She took over to make sure this movement was passionate — that her efforts would continue,” Ward said. “Over the past 60 years, she has been at the forefront of every movement.”

Many participants agree that Dr. Evers-Williams during this political season is no coincidence, especially in Alabama.

Daphney Portis said Alabamians still carry Medgar Evers’ legacy to this day — protecting voters’ rights at the polls.

“As we continue to fight for these rights,” Portis said, “to be able to honor the person we honor tonight speaks to this urgency that the vote is not simply dead or that the vote belongs to the past and still has an impact on our lives today.

That’s why Friday’s attendees believe the institute is still needed – building on a rich legacy of frontline fighting for civil and human rights.

Ward suggests that if you couldn’t make it to tonight’s ceremony or haven’t been to institute in a while, do so. There are plenty of traveling and special exhibits to see about the institute’s 30-year history.