The Bending the Arc project seeks to build awareness of the lessons of history, not only to help avoid repetition of past mistakes, but also to inspire activism today to address ongoing injustices.

Birmingham, Alabama, and the surrounding areas have a vast array of organizations working to promote social justice. There are also many talented Birminghamians who have written books, produced films, and created other resources that shine a light on social-justice issues from their unique vantage points.

The Bending the Arc project has curated this library so that you can learn more and get involved. We will continue to add resources to this list and invite you to contact us to suggest additional organizations.

Feature Stories

Local Group on the Move to Battle Racism

Local Group on the Move to Battle Racism Gail ShortIn 1963, the day after a bomb exploded at the Sixteen Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four Black girls, a young, white attorney named Charles Morgan, Jr., delivered a speech before the all-white Young...

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Alabama Books

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1963

 

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A Time To Speak

 

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Behind the Magic Curtain

 

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Birmingham Foot Soldiers

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Birmingham Revolutionaries

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Call to Selma

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Carry Me Home

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Foot Soldiers for Democracy

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Four Spirits

 

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From Selma to Sorrow

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Last Chance for Justice

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Leaving Birmingham

 

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Mattie C’s Boy

 

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Miracle in Birmingham

 

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Selma 1965

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Shaking the Gates of Hell 

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Shattered Glass in Birmingham

 

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Southern Witness

 

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The 5th Little Girl

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The House By The Side of the Road

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The Informant

 

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The Newspaper Boy

 

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The Road South

 

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

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Walk to Freedom 

Ways to get involved

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Justice Committee

Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

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Alabama Arise

 

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

 

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The Birmingham Urban League

 

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Black Lives Matter

Birmingham Chapter

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The Equal Justice Initiative

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Greater Birmingham Ministries

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The Jefferson County Memorial Project

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Kids in Birmingham 1963

 

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Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity

city of birmingham

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Interweaving efforts with peace and justice

Birmingham Black Economic Alliance

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Voters Legal Justice Watch Group

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Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity

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UAB Institute for Human Rights

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Be a Blessing Birmingham

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Offender Alumni Association

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Margins

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The People’s Justice Council

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Our Firm Foundation

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Faith in Action Alabama

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The Grassroots Coalition of Birmingham

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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

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Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership

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Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

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working to promote social justice in Birmingham