The 50 Years Forward campaign continues today with Empowerment Week and lot of celebrities will hit town.
The event kicked off Wednesday and continues to build momentum to Sunday's anniversary of the 16th Street Church Bombing. Events for today include panel discussions on the impact of civil rights on the nation and globe. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Representative Terri Sewell are slated to speak. Events wrap up with the U.S. Conference of Mayors "Uptown Cityfest" in the Entertainment District tonight.
Panel discussions were also held yesterday and last night marked the premiere of the film "The Watsons go to Birmingham: Road Trip of a Lifetime." It is set in the summer of 1963 and follows an all-American family on a trip to Birmingham from their home state of Michigan. Viewers lined up at the Alabama Theatre to experience the film, which is adapted from an award-winning book.
A concert helped wrap up Empowerment Week events last night. The theme was "A Walk to Freedom: We Remember." It was held at Linn Park and was free to the public. An all-star cast of southern musicians performed songs inspired by the Civil Rights Movement.
Here are the remaining events for Empowerment Week:
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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