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December 13, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College partners with city to mark anniversary of civil rights movement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College, in conjunction with the City of Birmingham, announced its “Forward, Ever Birmingham!” program to commemorate Birmingham’s pivotal role in the global struggle for human freedom.“Forward, Ever Birmingham!

The college will host a series of events throughout 2013 to mark the 50th anniversary of 1963, the year the nation’s eyes turned toward our city and awakened to the ongoing civil rights movement. The highlight will be a march planned for April 24 that will begin on the Birmingham-Southern campus and end in downtown Birmingham; details are still being confirmed for the event.

The march was inspired by the courageous actions of Marti Turnipseed—a young BSC student who defied authorities in 1963 to join seven African-American students at a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Birmingham—as well as the countless others who sacrificed for the movement. But the real goal is to bring the entire community together, said BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak.

“This is not about what happened yesterday. It’s about what’s happening today and what will happen the day after tomorrow,” Gen. Krulak said. “We know how important Birmingham was in moving this nation to do the right thing. Now it’s time to show that we’re continuing to move forward, and that BSC is ready to go to the next level in terms of its commitment to the community.”

The “Forward, Ever Birmingham!” program—Forward, Ever! is BSC’s traditional motto—will mesh with the City of Birmingham’s “50 Years Forward” celebration and will also include a full slate of events throughout 2013, including panel discussions on the history of the civil rights movement and the role of the media, a free jazz concert on campus, and a celebration honoring BSC’s first African-American graduates. BSC students will also participate as docents in the city’s Civil Rights Freedom School Ambassadors program.

Planned events include:

  • March 7, 6 p.m., Panel Discussion: “Civil Rights in Alabama Today”
  • April 7, 4 p.m., Jazz on the Hilltop, free community concert
  • April 24, Forward, Ever Birmingham! march and celebration
  • Sept. 17, 11 a.m., best-selling author Sena Jeter Naslund, “Four Spirits: Presentation and Reading”
  • Nov. 2, halftime of BSC Homecoming football game, ceremony honoring Ulysses “Skip” Bennett

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at

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