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Empowerment Week continues with amazing events in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Empowerment Week continues today in Birmingham. It is to celebrate and remember the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

Today's events will kick off with a mayor's conference and continue this afternoon with several discussion panels about civil rights education.

Tonight at 5 p.m. will be the premiere screening of "The Watsons go to Birmingham: Road Trip of a Lifetime" at the Alabama Theater. Following the film will be a concert at Linn Park called "A Walk to Freedom: We Remember."

On Wednesday night, TBN Network had a concert downtown at Kelly Ingram Park. It brought hundreds of people together. Cece Winans and Donnie McClurken performed. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was there too.

During the concert, some of the civil rights foot soldiers were brought on stage for a round of applause and recognition.

Fox6 spoke with Jacqueline Ross, who was inside the 16th Street Baptist Church when the bomb went off. Ross hopes Empowerment Week will help Birmingham remember a painful past but also look forward to a bright future.

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.

 

Here's the entire event list for the 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://www.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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