This week could prove to be one of the most significant for Birmingham's national image in a long time; Wednesday marks the official start of Empowerment Week.
Wednesday will be a day of service with more than 5,000 volunteers fanning out around the city to perform community service projects. Thursday through Saturday, the city hosts the National Conference on Civil Rights. On Saturday, the memorial statue for the 4 little girls killed in the 16th Street Church bombing will be unveiled.
Actor Jamie Foxx will also host a concert at the BJCC, featuring Jill Scott and several other artists. On Sunday, we will have live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the bombing, including an afternoon memorial service expected to be attended by several national leaders.
In preparation for Empowerment Week, the city says 6th Avenue North between 15th Street and 17th Street North will be closed starting at 6 a.m.
For complete coverage of Empowerment Week, stay with Fox6 News and MyFoxAL.com.
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