Presented by The City of Birmingham
September 11 - September 15, 2013
September 11th through the 15th, the City of Birmingham will host a week of events that are sure to leave you feeling EMPOWERED. To commemorate Birmingham’s civil rights movement of 1963, the City of Birmingham is inviting everyone to take part in Empowerment Week. During this occasion they’ll host a dynamic collection of speeches, panels discussions, entertainment showcases, community service initiatives and educational activities that will engage, educate, and empower the masses of the Magic City.
More than 100 organizations and $1 million have been invested in this year-long commemoration, and it's one that you will not want to miss.
Wednesday, September 11th - Day of Service
More than 5,000 volunteers from the faith-based community, companies, colleges, universities, the city and civic organizations will clean up city parks, libraries and communities in this citywide event.
Volunteers will gather at Kelly Ingram Park and share stories of “restoration and renewal’’ at 4:00 pm as Trinity Broadcasting Network collects footage to telecast to an international audience of 2 billion. The broadcast will feature appearances by Grammy award-winning gospel singers CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin, the Rev. Bernice King, famed actor Clifton Davis and a host of others.
Thursday, September 12th - Day of Reflection
The U.S. Conference of Mayors will join nationally-known civic and opinion leaders to discuss events surrounding the 1963 movement and the progress that has been made in the United States. Panel discussions will be held at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church throughout the day. The day also includes a Premiere Screening of “The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Road Trip of a Lifetime’’ at the Alabama Theatre and concert in Linn Park by the Black Jacket Symphony.
Friday, September 13th – Day or Restoration
Internationally-known civic and opinion leaders and mayors from around the world will join U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell to address the movement and its effects on international human rights at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will address the movement’s impact in afternoon sessions. Members of the National Conference of Black Mayors will lead civil rights and human rights panel discussion at the church.
Saturday, September 14th - Day of Reconciliation
Dr. Bill Cosby and other national arts, culture and entertainment figures will host a day filled with conversations and a screening on the movement and its effects at the BJCC. A diversity fair, complete with career workshops, cooking demonstrations, a Kids’ Zone, art display and vendors and entertainment from various cultures, will also be held at the BJCC. The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights, co-produced by Live Nation, will include an all-star list of musicians and comedians at the BJCC at 7:00 pm.
Sunday, September 15th - Day of Commemoration
This day marks the 50th anniversary of when four girls were killed in a bombing at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. A 3:00 p.m. worship service to commemorate the day will be held at the church.
Once church services end, live theatrical events will be held at Kelly Ingram Park, Linn Park and Railroad Park. The importance of the parks is to mark the past (Kelly Ingram), the present (Linn Park) and the future (Railroad Park.)
Special presentations that salute Birmingham’s civil rights foot soldiers and the four girls will be made in Kelly Ingram Park. Spike Lee’s documentary “4 Little Girls” will be shown and followed by a panel discussion.