As new students begin their journey at UAB, they are encouraged to join the 2013 Freshman Discussion, "Civil Rights: Looking Back and Moving Forward."

"You are part of a special Freshman class, entering UAB at an exciting and significant time for the University and the City," Provost Linda Lucas wrote in a welcome letter to incoming freshmen. "2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of civil rights events in Birmingham that changed the city and the nation. There will be many events—music, lectures, art, theater—on campus, and around the city, to celebrate and commemorate these anniversaries."

The Freshman Discussion branches from those events in a series spanning your first month at UAB:
Thursday, August 29
5:00-6:30 p.m., UAB Campus Green
Freshman Dinner and Music on the Green

7:00-8:00 p.m., Bartow Arena
An Evening with Ambassador Andrew Young

Tuesday, September 10
7:00-8:30 p.m., Alys Stephens Center Sirote Theatre
Birmingham Movement: A Screening of Student Films

Tuesday, September 24
6:30-8:00 p.m., Birmingham Museum of Art
Art, Culture, and Civil Rights: 50 Years Forward
Before classes begin, students should review the Freshman Discussion media package, which includes texts from Mahatma Gandi and Dr. Martin Luther King and music videos from Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, and the Samples Singers.

For more events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement, check out