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Forward Birmingham

For most Birmingham-Southern students, 1963 was ancient history. But that year was a turning point for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, for the country, and for the world, which watched as Birmingham’s bravest residents fought to bring everyone fundamental rights.

The tumultuous events of 1963 changed America forever and opened the door to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now, while many around the world still struggle to ensure their basic human rights, the world’s eyes are again turning to Birmingham.

Birmingham-Southern is proud to partner with the City of Birmingham in its commemoration of the historic events of 1963 and in its continuing efforts to move our city forward. Forward, Ever! is the college’s slogan—and this year we tie it to the city that has been this college’s home since the founding of Birmingham College in 1898. 

Commemoration events:

  • 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, , 9:30 a.m., Forward, Ever Birmingham! march and celebration in honor of Marti Turnipseed
  • 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