BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A variety of leaders including faith leaders, radio personality and elected officials came together Sunday evening at Kelly Ingram Park for the “Birmingham, the World is Watching" Rally to highlight the importance of the city of Birmingham in the push for social justice and peaceful protest.
“During the current national protest concerning the death of George Floyd, Birmingham’s history serves as a beacon to the nation on nonviolent protest to build our community and bring about positive change. It was in Birmingham where local and national civil rights leaders coordinated a key nonviolent campaign in the civil rights movement as the nation witnessed police brutality and violence in the city in 1963,” reads an official statement from the city.
Faith leaders from across religions encouraged unity regardless of color.
“I believe that when every voice is lifted, it is then an only then that the states in America will be united. When every voice is lifted it is then and only then that you’ll see America become one nation under God,” said Rev. Thomas Beavers of Star Church.
The rally was a passionate reminder of the differences Birmingham has made in the history of civil rights in this county.
“Birmingham as a city and a community has always been a blueprint for a nation ailing from racism,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.
The rally was coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and also provided opportunities to register to vote and get counted for the Census.