The Alabama Chapter of the Fulbright Association recently hosted Fulbright scholars (both international and local) attending Martin Luther King Day activities in Birmingham. The Biggio Center provided logistical support for Auburn University Fulbright scholars Dr. Sukhamoy Bhattacharyya from India (Physics) and Ms. Nonkonzo Pamela Makhubu from Swaziland (Fisheries). Dr. Stacey Nickson, a Fulbright associate, led the group through two days of activities. They attended the MLK Unity breakfast, where they met historic figures from America’s civil rights era and learned first-hand about the leadership role of Birmingham and Alabama in American history. In addition, they toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and participated in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) 50th observance of the tragic bombing at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church.
Also in attendance were Fulbright associates representing six other countries and colleges throughout Alabama. The event provided a unique opportunity for international, historical, and cultural exchange.