The City of Birmingham is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham with a week of special events. FOX6 will have continuing coverage of the events as well as a special newscast Sunday, Sept. 16 at the culmination of Empowerment Week.
Several streets will also be closed during these events:
6th Avenue North between 15th Street North and 17th Street North
15th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
16th Street North between 4th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
17th Street North between 5th Avenue North and 6th Avenue North
These streets will re-open at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
Check out the many special events for this week:
Wednesday, Sept. 11:
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Volunteers take part in Day of Service projects.
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Local musical acts take the stage in Kelly Ingram Park.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TBN Concert at Kelly Ingram Park with Donny McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Clifton Davis
Thursday, Sept. 12:
9 a.m. - noon Morning panels "Reaching Economic Justice" and "Building Tolerance" at 16th Street Baptist Church
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/Legal Impact at 16th Street Baptist Church
3:10 p.m. - 4:25 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/Education at 16th Street Baptist Church
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Premiere screening of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Road Trip of a Lifetime" at the Alabama Theatre
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. "A Walk to Freedom: We Remember" concert at Linn Park
Friday, Sept. 13:
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Panel on Civil Rights/National Impact, composed of U.S. Congressional Representatives lead by Rep. Terri Sewell at 16th Street Baptist Church
1 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/International Impact by Dr. Condoleezza Rice at 16th Street Baptist Church and simulcast from Regions Bank
3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Panel on Civil Rights/Human Right Impact at 16th Street Baptist Church
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. U.S. Conference of Mayors Uptown Cityfest at Uptown Entertainment District
Saturday, Sept. 14:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street Diversity Fair at the BJCC and 9th Avenue
Noon A discussion with Bill Cosby at the BJCC
8 p.m. BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights with Jamie Foxx, Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson at the BJCC
Sunday, Sept. 15:
Noon Premiere of 4 Little Girls documentary hosted by Spike Lee at the Alabama Theatre
3 p.m. Commemorative program for the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing at the church
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Birmingham Originals' Taste of Birmingham Food Festival on First Avenue South
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Power Hour with Rod Parsley and Pastor Greg Matthews at Kelly Ingram Park
6:30 p.m. American Idols Concert with Taylor Hicks and guests at Railroad Park
8 p.m. Alabama Symphony, Red Mountain Theatre Company and other in concert at Railroad Park
9 p.m. Closing ceremony with fireworks show at Railroad Park
For more information on the 50 Years Forward effort, please visit http://50yearsforward.com/events/.
To learn more about the worship events Sunday at 16th Street Baptist Church, please visit http://www.16thstreetbaptist.org/.
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