Civil rights pioneer celebrates 50 year anniversary

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1365824306&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4016603&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1365824306 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Dr. Virgil Wood knows Birmingham well.  He visited the Magic City in 1963 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom he worked side-by-side with for a decade.  He’s back in town this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.  His mission isn’t all about reflecting, however.  “When you make some progress, sometimes you take intermission,” he said Friday night before a speaking engagement.  “And you stay in intermission too long.  I think we’ve stayed in intermission too long.”

Dr. Wood is part of the “Free the Dream” group.  He has several events lined up through this weekend to spread his message of re-igniting the passion that led to so much progress in the 1960’s.  The “Remembrance & Re-Dedication: The 2013 Civil Rights Jubilee Celebration,” includes stops at an economic summit Saturday morning at 9:00am for “WhereToGo411″ at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and concludes Monday at 3:00pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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