The JCMP 2021 Fellows’ fall research focused on telling the long history of Linn Park. JCMP Fellows worked from digital primary source archives and published their report in February 2021. In the spring semester, they switched to becoming advocates on their campus and in the community to help us understand and act on their findings. You can view the 2021 JCMP Fellows’ report here.
The JCMP Fellows Program
In the fall of 2018, JCMP launched its first fellow cohort. These Fellows studied at Birmingham-Southern College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Miles College, Lawson State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, and Samford University. During the fall semester, they completed research on the 30 documented victims, culminating in the report, “Jefferson County’s 30 Residents.”
During the spring semester, they became campus ambassadors, helping to teach others about their research. Some events they hosted included:
Presenting information on JCMP to more than 500 visitors at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on King Day
At Jeff State, fellows gave lectures on this history on the Pell City, Center Point, and Clanton campuses. They also presented to upper classmen at nearby Pinson Valley High School.
UAB students manned tables at events hosted by the African American History department, and a class partnered with JCMP to learn how to have intentional conversations around this history.
Samford graphic design students created sample JCMP material, hosted Anthony Ray Hinton on campus, and held discussions with fellow students around this history and its legacies.
Applications are accepted from juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending the following schools: Birmingham-Southern College, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Miles College, Samford University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
No prior research experience is necessary to participate. We welcome applications from students across all majors and disciplines!
Students are expected to dedicate 2-4 hours a week to archival research and must attend a meeting one Thursday of every month. The fall semester will be dedicated to research and the spring semester to outreach and planning. In the spring semester, we will host a weekend-long retreat for the fellows to prepare for spring advocacy.
All Fellows are eligible for a $250 financial stipend per semester for their participation in the fellowship.
Some Photos of Our Fellows
JCMP Fellows at the Birmingham Public Library learning how to complete primary research
JCMP Fellows leading discussions with their community about their work
JCMP Fellows at their Report Release Event in February 2019
Mayor Randall Woodfin met with JCMP Fellows on a tour of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice