Wells Fargo announces plans to support a wide variety of programs and events as part of Birmingham's 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. They plan to help seven specific groups this year as part of the city's "50 Years Forward" effort.
Representatives from the different organizations were at the press conference this morning. Some of their plans this year include providing college scholarships through the 16th Street Baptist Church Foundation, sponsoring the re-print of the A.G. Gaston book "Green Power," supporting educational programs at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and sponsoring Juneteenth Culture Fest at the BCRI on June 1st.
Wells Fargo has also commissioned high school senior Kristalyn Robinson from the Alabama School of Fine Arts to paint a picture of the four girls killed in the 16th Street Church bombing in 1963. Robinson has not started on the painting, but plans to use several different mediums and textures.
"I have the vision in my head. I want it to be powerful because they were powerful and this was a special time for Birmingham and I was to show that in the piece," said Robinson.
The painting will hang at the BCRI later this year and then it will be moved to Birmingham City Hall where it will stay permanently.
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