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, books, and films.

Feature Stories

The Bending the Arc website will be regularly updated with a variety of feature stories that relate to topics and people featured in our films. Gail Short, a freelance journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, and other writers will use an investigative journalism approach to bring to light stories from the past and present that resonate with today’s social-justice movements.

Feature Stories

The Bending the Arc website will be regularly updated with a variety of feature stories that relate to topics and people featured in our films. Gail Short, a freelance journalist based in Birmingham, Alabama, and other writers will use an investigative journalism approach to bring to light stories from the past and present that resonate with today’s social-justice movements.

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Alabama Books

We have put together a resource library featuring a variety of books on topics that relate to the Bending the Arc project. The first twelve books listed below are our top picks, since many of these books feature voices we highlight in our films. Beyond that, the books are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Behind the Magic Curtain

 

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Shaking the Gates of Hell 

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The 5th Little Girl

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The Newspaper Boy

 

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Shattered Glass in Birmingham

 

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From Selma to Sorrow

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A Time To Speak

 

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Birmingham Foot Soldiers

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Carry Me Home

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Last Chance for Justice

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Four Spirits

 

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

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1963

 

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Birmingham Revolutionaries

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Call to Selma

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Foot Soldiers for Democracy

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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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Southern Witness

 

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The House By The Side of the Road

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The Informant

 

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The Road South

 

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Walk to Freedom 

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Justice Committee

Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

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Alabama Arise

 

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Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Greater Birmingham Ministries

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Kids in Birmingham 1963

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The Beth El Civil Rights Experience

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The Jefferson County Memorial Project

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The Morgan Project

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UAB Institute for Human Rights

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Interweaving efforts for peace and justice

Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

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Be a Blessing Birmingham

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Birmingham Black Economic Alliance

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Black Lives Matter

Birmingham Chapter

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Faith in Action Alabama

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Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

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Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity

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Margins

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Offender Alumni Association

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Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity

city of birmingham

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Our Firm Foundation

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The Birmingham Urban League

 

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The Equal Justice Initiative

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The Grassroots Coalition of Birmingham

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The People’s Justice Council

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Voters Legal Justice Watch Group

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working to promote social justice in Birmingham

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