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    An afternoon at a lunch counter. A thousand arms linked at the elbows. A firing line of water hoses. A pack of German Shepherds. A letter from a Birmingham jail. A devastating explosion. A world that would never be the same. The year was 1963, and as the world watched, events in Birmingham sparked an unstoppable surge toward equal rights for people of all races. As Birmingham enters 2013, the city will mark the 50th anniversary of pivotal events of 1963 in America’s Civil Rights Movement.

    Over the next year, the city of Birmingham will be filled with events, exhibits, and people from all over the country celebrating 50 Years Forward. We hope you’ll join us for the 50th commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement’s most pivotal year, and walk in the footsteps of those brave souls who changed the world forever.

    There’s so much to experience in Birmingham during the 50th commemoration, and it’s not all rooted in the past. As we celebrate how far we’ve come, we encourage you to also enjoy the fruits of progress: from tours and attractions rich with history to world-class hotels and a nationally-recognized culinary scene.

    If you have an event that is a part of 50 Years forward, we encourage you to submit it.

    16th Street Baptist Church

    Presented by 16th Street Baptist Church at 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham


    Sixteenth Street Baptist Church holds a significant place not only in Alabama history, but also in United States history. We welcome everyone to come and tour the church campus and learn more about who we are and what we represent as a church family. Tours can be scheduled during the hours listed below. To schedule individual or group tours of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, please call ...more

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