Mayor Bell announces Empowerment Week set for September

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham leaders are calling on local churches to get involved in a 50 Years Forward commemoration.

On Monday, Mayor William Bell announced plans for a week of events highlighting the peak of the Civil Rights movement.

On the week of September 11, 2013, the city will host Empowerment Week. The week will begin with a day of service.

Mayor Bell is asking all churches to assemble volunteers to give back to the community in a number of ways – from cleaning parks to helping neighbors.

He says he hopes the week will be an opportunity for the city to recognize the sacrifices made during the Civil Rights movement.

“We would not be standing here today were it not for the courageous efforts of men and women of all color, of all religious backgrounds, to come together and say, ‘We must change our society and our system of government,” Mayor Bell said.

The week’s events will conclude on September 15th – the anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

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