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50 Years Forward: Birmingham prepares to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement

By Kalisha Whitman

Next year marks half of a century since Birmingham’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

The City of Birmingham announced the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be part of its 50 Years Forward campaign.

It was an extremely different time in Birmingham during 1963 - segregation, violence and tension. Many people said Birmingham needed to change.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Interim UAB President Richard Marchese talked about what to expect next year. The campaign will reflect the time, show the progress and lay out a plan to continue moving forward.

Alabama’s 13 spoke to one student at UAB who said she is thankful for all the work people did then so she can have equal opportunities today.

“I do think it is a great opportunity to be able to be here as a young black woman, because there aren't a lot of women engineers to begin with." Deidra Atkinson said, “But to be able to go here to the college of my choice and not have to chose based on my race is a big advantage.”

There will be a series of speakers and artistic presentations to celebrate 50 Years Forward.  The events are open to the public.

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