Former Secretary of State Rice featured as panelist for Mayor’s Scholars Conference

FILE - This 1977 file photo shows a memorial plaque at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. for Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins and Carole Robertson, the four girls killed in a bombing at the church in 1963. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – As Birmingham participates in Empowerment Week as a way to commemorate and remember the brave men and women who fought for civil rights in Birmingham in 1963, the city will welcome a host of guests to town for panel discussions on a wide variety of topics as a part of the Mayor’s Scholars Conference.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, a day of reflection will be held at 16th Street Baptist Church beginning at 9 a.m.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell will be on hand for the event, which includes two panel discussions: Reaching Economic Justice and Building Tolerance.

The moderator for the Reaching Economic Justice panel is Kevin Johnson, the Mayor of Sacramento and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Panelists include New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Michael Nutter, the Mayor of Philadelphia.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the event will continue with restoration as the theme of the day.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will help lead a panel discussion on civil rights and its international impact beginning at 1 p.m.

Topics the panel will discuss include lessons that can be learned from 1963 as the world looks to move beyond civil rights and embrace a broader perspective and definition of human rights.

For a full list of the panelists and the events, click here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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