The Morgan Project is an educational effort rooted in Birmingham’s unique role in America’s civil rights struggle and inspired by the social justice movement of 2020. Founded by members of the YMBC, it seeks to introduce evidence-based lessons into classrooms and lead public conversations in meeting spaces to present a fuller picture of the country’s history, with a focus on Alabama.
On September 16, 1963, the day after the horrific bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, attorney Charles Morgan, Jr., a YMBC member, stood before the members of YMBC and delivered a powerful speech in which he indicted all present for being silent against racism, making them as guilty as the hateful people who threw the bomb into the church, killing four innocent, young, black girls and maiming many others. Charles Morgan’s words still ring true in 2020, as Black lives are repeatedly taken, violently and unjustifiably, in America.
In June 2020, in the wake of civil unrest and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, several members of the YMBC, a long-standing civic group in Birmingham, AL, realized that it was time, yet again, take a stand against racism.
The Morgan Project, and its fundraising arm The Morgan Fund, was founded to provide active and meaningful programs that work to eradicate systemic racism, develop a place for citizens to discuss the effects of racism on society, and champion for equal justice for all.
The Morgan Project is a social-justice initiative founded by YMBC members and rooted in Birmingham’s unique role in America’s civil rights struggle. The Morgan Project's mission is to implement programs to address the unique and long history of racism in America.
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