Alabama Humanities mourns loss of Winston Groom

Alabama Humanities Foundation joins fans and friends around the world in mourning the loss of Winston Groom, who died Sept. 16 at age 77 in his hometown of Fairhope. A noted author and journalist, he is perhaps best known for writing the 1986 novel, Forrest Gump, a 21-week bestseller that spurred a movie adaptation starring […]

Bestseller Just Mercy focus of Virtual Book Club series in September

Beginning Sept. 3, Alabama Humanities Foundation will present its Virtual Book Club, focusing on bestselling author Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. Each Thursday in September, the club will gather via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Stevenson’s essential account of his time spent representing death row inmate Walter McMillian. Through the lens of McMillian’s case, we’ll […]

AHF receives NEH grant to support three-week civil rights institute for teachers

On July 29, 2020, The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $30 million in grants for 238 humanities projects across the country. The Alabama Humanities Foundation received $214,955 to support “Stony the Road We Trod…”: Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy—a three-week institute for 30 schoolteachers on the history and legacy of the civil rights movement […]

Alabama Humanities awards more than $53,000 in grants in latest round

Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded nonprofit organizations around the state $53,338.50 in its latest round of grant giving. Much of the programming focused on the growing trend toward digital projects as humanities-based programs face the challenges of delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these grants are virtual field trips, museum tours, webinars, lectures and other online […]

Alabama Humanities mourns loss of Congressman Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights icon nearly beaten to death on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in a peaceful march for voting rights, died Friday at the age of 80. Following is a tribute to the life and legacy of Congressman Lewis from Trey Granger, chair of the Alabama Humanities Foundation: “Today we honor the […]

Alabama student filmmakers featured in Smithsonian Documentary Showcase

An Alabama student documentary film is among 35 produced by middle and high school students across the country competing in the 2020 National History Day® Contest to be featured in an online showcase. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture selected Breaking Barriers in Journalism: Dorothy Butler Gilliam by Noah Littleton and […]

Just Mercy & Systemic Racism

Join Alabama Humanities Foundation for a movie and conversation on June 24 at 3 p.m. on ZOOM. Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy, has been adapted for the screen, and it will be shown, followed by a conversation about Systemic Racism facilitated by Dr. Mark Wilson on the faculty of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. […]

“Reflect, Alabama” coming soon

We are in a time of great confusion, pain and uncertainty, but we believe communication is one of the keys to forging human bonds and understanding. On June 18, join the Alabama Humanities Foundation Young Professional Board, in conjunction with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the […]