Guest, Barry McNealy

Guest Name: 
Barry McNealy
Barry McNealy, Historian, Lecturer
Guest Occupation: 
Historian and Program coordinator for, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Legacy Youth Leadership Program
Guest Biography: 

Mr. Barry McNealy of the Birmingham Civil Right Institute. Mr. McNealy serves as program coordinator for, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Legacy Youth Leadership Program an educational program where teens are trained to be docents.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he has special insight into the Civil Rights Movement in both the city and surrounding areas. As a historian Barry has been featured on local television and radio stations. Mr. McNealy has also been featured nationally on Lifetime Television’s “the Balancing Act” and C-SPAN’s American History Television.

The completion of his internship at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute led to his being offered a position as the Institute’s Education Assistant. During his tenure in the Institute’s Education division Mr. McNealy established its outreach program expanding the narrative of the Institute throughout Alabama and beyond. While serving as an Education Assistant Mr. McNealy was also responsible for the founding of Birmingham, Alabama’s Juneteenth celebration. In 1998 while continuing to consult for the Institute on out-reach and educational programs Mr. McNealy took on the challenge of teaching Advanced Placement United States History. He is an experienced lecturer and tour guide registered with the Birmingham Convention Bureau as well as the Alabama State Department of Tourism and Travel. Coalescing years of research and interaction with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. Author of the “Milestones Walking Tour that details the significance of the Birmingham Alabama, in the struggle for human equality.