The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is being honored for its work to educate the public about civil rights and bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community with the 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.
President and CEO of BCRI Andrea Taylor will represent the institute during an award presentation in Washington D.C. April 20.
“We are honored to receive this award from the FBI,” stated Taylor, “Strong relationships with local and federal law enforcement are crucial to our community and we are grateful for the FBI’s partnership in this endeavor.”
FBI officials recognized BCRI for it’s work to teach the public about civil and human rights through facilitating an atmosphere of dialogue and understanding, exploring the past and working to build a better future.
The institute has partnered with the Birmingham FBI office for a conference on civil rights and law enforcement for more than a decade. Officials say the conference is focused on bridging the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“BCRI truly embodies the meaning of this award,” FBI Special Agency in Charge Johnnie Sharp said. “It’s a privilege to be able to recognize BCRI for their partnership, their work in championing civil rights, and for working side by side with the FBI to connect law enforcement and the community.”
The BCRI celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.