Beyond MLK Day: UAB events commemorate 50 years of Civil Rights movement

Civil Rights Movement - Birmingham, Alabama - 1963-2013Birmingham is rich in Civil Rights history, and this year the city, partnered with UAB, is celebrating 50 Years Forward, a commemoration of the year leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Events are planned throughout 2013 around Birmingham, but here are a few highlights happening on campus -- all of which are free for UAB students.

UAB Honor Choir - "Songs of Freedom" musical performance
Saturday, January 19, 3 p.m., Alys Stephens Center

Alabama Symphony Orchestra - "Reflect & Rejoice: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr."
Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m., Alys Stephens Center

Michael Franti - public lecture and concert
Thursday, January 24, 7:30 p.m., Alys Stephens Center

"A Celebration of UAB Diversity" - discussion on our university's role in Birmingham's history
Friday, January 25, 4-6 p.m., Sterne Library

Common - "One Day It'll All Make Sense" public lecture (free for students, faculty and staff; $5 public tickets in advance; $10 public tickets day of event)
Monday, February 25, 7 p.m., Bartow Arena

Also, remember that there are no classes January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. But instead of relaxing on your day off, you might consider joining hundreds of other students to participate in the 2013 MLK Day of Service, taking inspiration from the civil rights leader to give back to the community.