Photo: Prototype of 2013 Civil Rights Commemorative Coca-Cola Bottle

Prototype of 2013 Civil Rights Commemorative Coca-Cola Bottle

Birmingham will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in 2013, and the Coca-Cola Classic Bottling Company has released a commemorative bottle for the special occasion.

The city is calling the celebration "The Year of Birmingham", and it will host a series of events this spring to remember the historic movement to promote racial equality, and one that ultimately led to the abolishment of segregation in the South with the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The commemoration plans were announced in May of 2012 in a news release. Below is a portion of the release, which you can read by clicking here.

"The year was 1963, and as the world watched, events in Birmingham sparked an unstoppable surge toward equal rights for people of all races.{}

"In the year leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Birmingham's bravest men,women and children risked their lives to abolish segregation and gain equal footing in a society of inequality.{}Not all the Birmingham stories leading up to 1963 are grim; stories of heroism and triumph also have their place in the history of the movement."As Birmingham enters 2013, the city will mark the 50th anniversary of pivotal events of the 1963 campaign.{}Plans for the commemoration call for a yearlong multi-city promotion to include a Civil Rights Trail linking cities with significant ties to the movement.{}Other cities participating in the salute to 1963 include Jackson, MS, Selma and Montgomery, AL, Columbia SC, Memphis, TN, and Washington, DC. "