Thousands gather for the end of Empowerment Week

Empowerment week has officially come to a close, and many people showed up at the railroad park for the closing ceremonies. The ceremonies began around 6:30 in the evening.

Celebrities like American Idol, Taylor hicks performed.

Thousands showed up to celebrate the future and Birmingham's progression since 1963.{}

Mayor William Bell said they look forward to what's yet to come in Birmingham. {}"Tomorrow we start building a new Birmingham. Tomorrow you will see a lot of things happen. It's not going to happen overnight. {}It's going to be a gradual step by step process," said Bell.

The ceremony ended with fireworks{}around 9:30pm.