National Press Club

Birmingham 63 Fifty Years Later

Birmingham 63 Fifty Years Later

January 20, 2012 9:30 AM

Location: Bloomberg Room

Mayor of Birmingham Joins with Mayors of Other Southern Cities to Launch Civil Rights 50th Year Commemoration
Mayor of Birmingham, William Bell, to announce 2013 event series

WHAT: Press Conference with the Mayors of Birmingham, AL, Washington, DC, Jackson, MI, Memphis, TN, Columbia, SC, and Selma, AL.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, these six cities will launch a series of events focused on sharing the stories of triumph and struggle from the Civil Rights Movement with a new generation, improving individual and collective identities through education, encouraging cultural exchange, and strengthening relationships that ultimately drive economic development.

The announcement will include local and state convention and visitors bureau(s) campaigns, public/private grant and partnership opportunities and master schedule of year long activities and events. The action plan calls for a tourism experience with a "heritage trail" that links each city through existing landmarks and a traveling exhibit with artifacts and multi media. Additionally, a Mayors’ Exchange Program will have each Mayor will visit each other’s cities to support on-going cultural activities to advance best practices and technologies in the US as well as internationally seeking the assistance of the Sister Cities Program.

WHO: Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. of Birmingham, AL, Mayor Vincent Gray of Washington, DC, Mayor Harvey Johnson of Jackson, MI, Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr. of Memphis, TN, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC, and Mayor George Patrick Evans of Selma, AL.

WHERE: National Press Club, Bloomberg Room
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC
*refreshments provided

WHEN: Friday, January 20

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Mary Elizabeth Margolis