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Waymond Jackson from the Birmingham Business Alliance talks to children at the YMCA Youth Center in Birmingham during the LIVE Movement celebration Waymond Jackson from the Birmingham Business Alliance talks to children at the YMCA Youth Center in Birmingham during the LIVE Movement celebration
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BIRMINGHAM, AL - The first-ever LIVE Movement Summer celebration was held this morning at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center downtown.

The celebration was a partnership between Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson, the YMCA Youth Center and the Birmingham Police and Fire Departments.

Councilman Roberson said today’s event was designed to promote positivity in area-youth, specifically while they are on a break from school.

"The summer months present opportunities for our youth to get involved in senseless violence and other activities,’ said Roberson. "Before they ponder the negative, it is the community's job to flood their minds with the positive. That's what this kick-off celebration is all about."

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Today’s event featured special guest speakers including Birmingham Judge Nyya Parson-Hudson and Waymond Jackson with the Birmingham Business Alliance.

“I think it’s good to put examples of those persons or individuals that can give back who lived in Birmingham, may have gone off to school, but came back to this city to work, raise their families and make a living,” Roberson said. “So we’re providing examples from all sectors of the community to share with these young people.”

It was also a day of fun for the children at the YMCA Youth Center. Members of the Birmingham Police Department participated in a flag football competition and Birmingham firefighters challenged the youth in a basketball game. Some UAB cheerleaders also stopped by to share some of their cheerleading expertise with the children.

Click through the photos above to see more images from today’s event.

For more information about the LIVE Movement and how you can volunteer, click here.



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