50 Years Forward

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50 Years Forward is the theme of the City of Birmingham's year-long program of events during 2013 recognizing the semi-centennial anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign and the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.

Planning and funding for official events was originally to have been coordinated by a non-profit foundation called Birmingham63, Inc.. That group dissolved before taking any notable action, and Mayor William Bell's office proposed to the Birmingham City Council that funding requests from existing organizations be handled through the city.


For an up to date listing of events related to 50 Years Forward that includes directions, time, and ticket information, visit this site.


  • Williams, Roy L. (August 15, 2011) "Birmingham mayor William Bell plans major nod to city's civil rights history." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 17, 2012) "Birmingham council members question civil rights anniversary plans and motives." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 19, 2012) "Birmingham civil rights anniversary funding foundation dissolved, mayor seeks $250,000 in city cash." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (December 31, 2012) "Banners going up around Birmingham for 1963 commemoration year." The Birmingham News

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