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Civil Rights anniversary events
• May 2, 2013 – Birmingham’s Civil Rights District
On May 2, 1963, more than a thousand black students gathered at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to begin an unprecedented march downtown, facing police lines and arrests. The “Children’s Crusade,” as it was dubbed internationally, is to be re-enacted with public participation on its 50th anniversary. In conjunction, the “Children’s March” exhibition opens at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
• May 24-25, 2013 – Beginning at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Grand Foot Soldier Reunion Parade with participants from across the nation
• June 1, 2013 – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States.
• August 18 – November 10, 2013 - Birmingham Museum of Art
“Etched in Collective History” is an exhibition of 60 works by 30 artists who interpreted the 1963 church bombing and racial violence through photography, paintings and sculpture.
• August 23, 2013 – Lyric Theater
(Birmingham’s only existing theater that allowed blacks and whites to attend performances at the same time during segregation era)
Presented by the Birmingham Museum of Art, mixed media artist Jefferson Pinder proposes to create an art performance to capture the era of segregation through poetry and music.
• September 1-7, 2013 – Historic Fourth Avenue Business District/Carver Theater
The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival and the Civil Rights Film Festival bring traditional and contemporary jazz street performances together with a festival featuring civil rights-themed films.
• September 8 – December 2, 2013 – Birmingham Museum of Art
“The Dawoud Bey Project” is a new body of work by acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey. It symbolically commemorates the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
• September 12-15, 2013 – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Empowerment Week includes the 2013 National Conference of Civil Rights.
• September 12-22, 2013 – Virginia Samford Theater
“To Kill a Mockingbird”
• September 15, 2013 – Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
• September 19, 2013 – UAB Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
“4” – Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Eric Essix performs songs that commemorate the 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in which four young girls were killed.
• September 21, 2013 – UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
“A More Convenient Season” – Composer Yotam Haber created this orchestral work to address the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. The score will be performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church youth choir.
• October 6 – December 2 – Birmingham Museum of Art
“Question Bridge: Black Males” is a transmedia art project that counters notions of black masculinity in the U.S. Men from Birmingham are included in this dialogue about race, class, sexuality and economic status.
• November 3 – December 27, 2013 – Birmingham Public Library-Downtown
“Unseen, Unforgotten: The Civil Rights Photographs of The Birmingham News”
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