We celebrate thinking. We encourage inquiry. We live for surprising discoveries. We exist to join together those who hunger for knowledge and create a sense of belonging among those who desire to learn. We are more than an organization — we are an alliance of thinkers. We are the Alabama Humanities Alliance.Get to know us
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AHA gives all Alabamians opportunities to explore the humanities through funded public programs such as seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, documentaries, and more.Learn More
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On February 28, 2022, we celebrated our two newest Alabama Humanities Fellows: Bryan Stevenson (pictured, with NPR's Michel Martin) and the late John Lewis. The sold-out event took place in Montgomery and featured a conversation with Mr. Stevenson, a tribute to Representative Lewis, and an original poem for the occasion by Alabama's new poet laureate, Ashley M. Jones.
The Alabama Humanities Alliance bestows its highest honor to Alabamians who have made our state and nation a smarter, kinder, and more vibrant place to live. All through the humanities. Since 1989, we’ve honored writers and historians, community leaders and big thinkers, civil rights icons and storytelling legends. Alabamians who challenge us to examine what it means to be human. And who help us see our state’s diverse communities, rich cultures, and fellow neighbors more clearly — and with more empathy.Learn more
Alabama’s waterways reveal a more complex story of our state’s history.
"Fifty years ago, as a newly hired history prof at Samford University, my specialty was supposed to be Russian history. It was the rivers of Alabama, as much as anything else, that changed the focus..."Read the full story
A reflection on the Freedom Rides of 1961.
"If they can do what they did, we can do what we need to do today. Even when it's hard. Even when we're tired and exhausted. Even when others don't care."Read the full story
Episode One of our new podcast, "Why It Matters: Black Alabamians and the Vote."
"It's in these women's clubs and in the National Association of Colored Women where she's able to bring forth suffrage as a real issue..."Listen to Episode One
Siblings offer their perspective on why they compete in Alabama History Day."Bringing history to life by performing someone else's story allows me to experience a part of that individual's struggle and courage." Read the full story
Conversations and poetry that explore Black Alabamians' long fight for full participation in the electoral process.
"...mason dixon is an imagined line — you can theorize it, or wish it real, but it’s the same old ghost — see-through, benign. all y’all from alabama; we the wheel turning cotton to make the nation move. we the scapegoat in a land built from death..."Read the full story
AHA Executive Director Chuck Holmes offers an open invite to all Alabamians:
"We are an Alliance seeking and encouraging allies — anyone who treasures our shared culture, history, storytelling, lifelong learning, and sense of community."Read the full column