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Civil Rights events on tap in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Since our feature on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Birmingham last August, several exhibits and events have been finalized or further defined. Here are five that groups might like to attend.

Marching On:
The Children’s Movement at 50

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Sponsored by Birmingham Coca-Cola, this exhibit tells the story of the Children’s Crusade, when young black students took to the streets for the cause of civil rights. Through November 30.

Etched in Collective History

Birmingham Museum of Art  

Artists will gather at the museum to discuss, depict and memorialize the civil rights movement and pay tribute to the four young girls who were killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. The deaths of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were the turning point for many who came to support the movement. August 18-November 17.

Taste of Fourth Avenue

Jazz Festival and Sidewalk Film Festival
Historic Carver Theatre and Fourth Avenue Business District  
Birmingham’s historic black business district will join forces with its USA Today Top 10 award-winning film festival to present activities and films for the public. August 24-25.

Race: Are We So Different?

McWane Science Center 
Interactive exhibits, historical artifacts, photographs and displays will explore this ever-present topic in America. May 18-September 2.

Official Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Bombing of
the 16th Street Baptist Church

16th Street Baptist Church National Historic Landmark  
Pastors of many denominations will gather at the site for a commemoration to honor the lives of the four young girls who have come to symbolize the movement. September 15.

www.50yearsforward.com

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