Council approves funding for Miles College, 16th Street Baptist Church

Birmingham City Councilors voted Tuesday to support two major events commemorating the Civil Rights Movement.

Miles College and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church will each receive $50,000. Miles College is hosting an educational forum, and the church needs the money to make building improvements, including some to support disabled visitors.

The pastor of the iconic church says that the building must be re-modeled, to handle crowds expected later this year.

Councilors have discussed the amount of money that has already been spent on commemorative activities. But in the end they agreed to support both programs.

"Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was pivotal to the Civil Rights Movement not to single that out," Councilor Johnathan Austin says.