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      50 Years Forward: Empowerment Week Schedule of Events

      50 Years Forward:{} Schedule of events during Empowerment Week in Birmingham from September 11-15.

      September 13

      A Day of 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.{}10am-11:30am:{} Panel on Civil Rights/National Impact- Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

        Composed of U.S. Congressional Representatives led by the Honorable Terri Sewell (AL-07)

        1pm-3:10pm:{}

        Panel on Civil Rights/International Impact

        Led by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Web cast from Regions Bank.

        3:45pm-05:45pm:{}

        {}Panel on Civil Rights/Human Rights Impact -- Sixteenth Street Baptist Church{}

        7pm-10pm:{}

        U.S. Conference of Mayors Uptown Cityfest{}

        Come out and enjoy live music{}from{}around the{}US as the City of Birmingham Welcomes the U.S. Conference of Mayors{}at Birmingham's Uptown Entertainment District. Bands representing Sacramento, New Orleans, Birmingham and Philadelphia will fill the night air with tunes as citizens dine at Todd English Pub and various food trucks. This event is FREE and open to the public!

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        September 14A 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 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, 7 p.m.

            10am-4pm:

            A diversity fair, complete with career workshops, cooking demonstrations, a Kids' Zone, art display and vendors and entertainment from various cultures, will be held at the BJCC.

            {}Noon:

            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.{}

            8pm:

            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, 7 p.m.

            September 15

            A 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 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.{}Noon:Premier of 4 Little Girls Documentary -- Hosted by Spike Lee -- Alabama Theatre.

              3:00pm:

              Commemorative Program for the{}50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church- 16th Street Baptist Church

              3pm-6pm:

              Birmingham Originals' Taste of Birmingham-Food Festival on First Avenue South Edge of Railroad Park.

              5pm-6pm: {}{}{}{}

              TBN entertainers - The Power Hour - Kelly Ingram Park - with hosts Mayor William Bell, Arthur Blessitt and Mayor {}William Bell; guests Rod Parsley and Pastor George Matthews; and singers.

              6:30pm:

              American Idols Concert- featuring Taylor Hicks and special guest Gip Gipson at Railroad Park.

              8pm:

              Alabama Symphony, local youth choirs, and Jeremy Rosado in concert- Railroad Park{} special performance by Red Mountain Theater Company.

              9pm:

              Closing ceremony with fireworks show at Railroad Park.

              Click here to download a printable Empowerment Week schedule of events.

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