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BCRI History (continued)

"The Healing of a City by Design" is the title the Birmingham Business Journal used in a 1992 cover story about the newly revitalized Civil Rights District, regarded as 'sacred ground' by supporters of the Civil Rights Movement. The district is home to the historic Black business district including the old Carver Movie Theatre; the Kelly Ingram Park used as a gathering place for protest marches; the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where four little girls died in a hatred-inspired bombing; and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

As summarized in its Mission Statement, the Institute sets out to "focus on what happened in the past, to portray it realistically and interestingly, and to understand it in relationship to the present and future developments of human relations in Birmingham, the United States and perhaps the world."

From its inception the Institute founders recognized the universality of human conflict. After all, Dr. Martin L. King had been deeply influenced by the religious and ethnic conflicts in India, parts of Africa and Eastern Europe earlier in the twentieth century. In time these and other nations drew positive lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement. Given this broad historical context, the Institute perceived human rights as a universal striving. The events that occurred in Birmingham, Alabama in the mid twentieth century provided a relevant case study of conflict resolution with global application.

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