Dalai Lama coming to Birmingham

The city of Birmingham is preparing for a visit from the Dalai Lama this fall.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to arrive in Birmingham on Friday, October 24th and will be in to town through Monday, October 27th. Public and private events are being planned culminating with an address on Sunday, October 26th at Regions Field. The entire weekend will take on a human rights theme with area schools, libraries, and museums participating. "We are honored to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama visit our City. With our shared legacy of Human Rights, Birmingham continues to establish herself as the cradle of Human Rights for the United States. The peaceful protest model first established here has been used around the world to enact real and significant change.{} The Dalai Lama has mentioned Dr. King's 'Letter from the Birmingham Jail' as a significant inspiration of his. This visit will continue the work of presenting Birmingham on a national and international stage as 50 years forward," said Mayor William Bell. More details expected to be released next month.