AHF’s Young Professionals Board presents
“What’s Your Legacy: Impacting Our Communities 50 Years Later”
April 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Carver Theatre in Birmingham
As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alabama Humanities Foundation encourages and promotes appreciation of literature, history, law, philosophy and the arts through programs, events and grants to help others discover and share the meanings of life found through the humanities. Founded in 1974 as a vehicle for awarding grants to grassroots organizations in Alabama, the AHF now offers all Alabamians opportunities to explore the humanities through funded public programs such as seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, documentary videos and films. The Young Professionals Board of AHF promotes the mission of the foundation and creates an awareness of their programs through social and cultural events targeted at Alabama’s young professional community.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, the YP Board is hosting the event “What’s Your Legacy?: Impacting Our Communities 50 Years Later.” This program seeks to encourage young people and the young professional community to reflect on the role and history of youth activism during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) and spark a call to action for youth leadership and civic engagement. This event is a documentary viewing and panel discussion on Black Power Mixtape, 1967-1975 – a film that provides a global perspective of the events of the CRM and how it impacted the development of the Black Power Movement in America. It also looks at the legacy of those activists and how contemporary Black artists are inspired by their message through film, music, and the arts. Panelists will personally speak to their involvement in the CRM in Birmingham, but also allow young professionals to give voice to the impact the CRM and its activists have on their role in civic engagement. The panel discussion hopes to lay the historical and socio-cultural foundation for young professionals who may not know the stark realities and political push and pulls of this era, but also provide a framework for how activists positioned themselves in the Movement and found their voice. Admission will not be charged for this event; however, donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit AHF programs.