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Carolyn Maull McKinstry

Carolyn Maull McKinstry is an associate minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Her book, While the World Watched, tells the story of her life growing up in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement. McKinstry is an alumna of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. She served as the senior program manager for the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative [SRBWI], a Ford and Casey-funded initiative. The SRBWI spans the boundaries of the Black Belt in Alabama, Southwest Georgia and the Mississippi Delta. The mission of the SRBWI is the attainment of economic and social justice for rural women. Carolyn Maull McKinstry

McKinstry served for 10 years as president of the board of directors of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, Inc., whose mission is the ongoing maintenance of the historic church facility. McKinstry has served as second vice president and program committee chair for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for the last six years, along with numerous other volunteer and community organizations. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Samford University and the Beeson Divinity School Advisory Board. She received her master of divinity in 2008 and an honorary doctorate of divinity degree in 2013.

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