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      Harry Belafonte helps plan Civil Rights commemoration

      2013 is the 50th anniversary a pivotal year in the Civil Rights movement.{} Plans are underway for a year-long commemoration.{} Wednesday, Mayor William Bell announced the latest member of the advisory committee--singer and Civil Rights icon, Harry Belafonte. Belafonte says he has a strong history in Alabama. In 1963, he helped raise money to get people out of jail, who were a part of the Selma to Montgomery march.{} In a conference call, Belafonte talked about his ties to Birmingham and his commitment to what he calls an ongoing struggle.{} Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has also been named as an advisory board member.

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