Birmingham-based Regions Bank has donated $75,000 to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a tenth of the total goal set by BCRI to keep its programs alive during the pandemic.
Although its research and education initiatives have continued, BCRI has been closed to help prevent the spread of the disease, thereby losing its ordinary operating revenue.
“A visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is an experience like none other, and we owe it to current and future generations to ensure the BCRI is well positioned to continue fulfilling its mission,” said Leroy Abrahams, head of community affairs for Regions Bank. “Seeing the images, touring the galleries, watching the videos, and hearing the voices of leaders from the Civil Rights Movement as they recount history leaves a lasting impression. In turn, it helps us shape a brighter future as we honor those who fought for equal rights by making sure we are upholding the principles of justice and opportunities for all.”
A downtown Birmingham landmark for nearly 30 years, the BCRI is part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.