Birmingham Civil Rights Sites in running for global recognition


All of the City of Birmingham's Civil Rights sites are on the short list of nominees that could be named a World Heritage site. There are just 14 nominees in the country vying for this international designation.A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place listed by the "United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization" that has special cultural or physical significance. City leaders want to include other civil rights sites from around the state in the nomination.They are in the process of preparing the admission package, and it will be presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2016.Here are what some elected leaders said in a news release:"I am excited that the City of Birmingham is being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Such a designation would solidify Birmingham's place as a site of historic and cultural significance around the world. This designation would emphasize Alabama's rich civil rights history and the role it played as a catalyst in the world's pursuit of social justice," said Congresswoman Terri Sewell.{}"We are working to establish Birmingham as an international destination for Human Rights. The World Heritage Site list is step one to that goal. Birmingham has a rich Civil Rights history. The peaceful protest model first perfected in Birmingham during the Civil Rights movement has been duplicated a cited around the world. We continue to embrace our past to build our future. This sort of designation will bring in more visitors from around the world and that translates into cultural tourism and a significant economic impact," said Mayor William Bell.