AL.com / The Birmingham News Launches Traveling Photo Exhibit on 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail

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AL.com / The Birmingham News is hosting a free public event on Tuesday, April 16 to unveil its traveling photo exhibit featuring photos from the historic year, 1963.

AL.com | The Birmingham News is hosting a free public event on Tuesday, April 16 to unveil its traveling photo exhibit featuring photos from the historic year, 1963. The exhibit, dubbed “I Am Going All The Way”, was inspired by the book 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World.

The book, written by AL.com | The Birmingham News journalist Barnett Wright, also features photos in the upcoming exhibit. Photos include images from a variety of well-known 1963 events, including the 16th Street Church bombing, children’s marches, and George Wallace’s stand in the door at The University of Alabama. The exhibit is sponsored by The University of Alabama’s College of Continuing Studies.

“We have received a tremendous, positive response to the photos from the community,” said Cindy Martin, President of Alabama Media Group. “We want to inspire citizens of Birmingham, the state and the nation by showcasing the photojournalism captured by The Birmingham News in 1963. It’s a tribute to the Civil Rights movement that began right here in Birmingham fifty years ago. What happened here changed the world.”

The event, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s stay in a Birmingham Jail, will include a brief excerpt from the Red Mountain Theatre Company play, The MLK Project. The play is based on Dr. King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail.

The event will also include remarks from Birmingham Mayor William Bell, civil rights foot soldiers, Myrna Carter Jackson and Jeff Drew as well as Homewood High School student, Madison Collins, who was selected as the winner of Birmingham’s 2013 Unity Breakfast Essay Contest.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 16, at Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre. Doors open with a reception and public viewing of the photo exhibit beginning at 5:00 pm. A presentation will begin at 6:15 pm and is free to members of the public. RSVP is required at http://www.al.com/rsvp.

For more information, please contact Vicki Applewhite at vapplewhite(at)al(dot)com.

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