BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Nearly 5,000 volunteers hit the streets of Birmingham picking up trash, planting trees, reading with kids or participating in other projects around the city for Wednesday’s “Day of Service.”
Wednesday marked the start of the five-day Empowerment Week event, part of Birmingham’s 50 Year’s Forward Campaign.
Aaron Kirk, a teen participant in the JCCEO’s Positive Pathways Program says he hopes others learn by example. “I really want people to see what we’re doing and just get the idea themselves to just want to be a part of their city,” said Kirk
Words from one young man that embody everything that the week long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement is all about.
With the city’s historic Kelly Ingram Park as the stage and the 16th Baptist Church as the back drop, history was all around those who came out to honor those who gave all 50 years ago.
“What happened to them is a tragedy, nonetheless and nothing can be made up for that but as far as being a part of it, I feel like I am Birmingham. When you think of that church you think of Birmingham, when you think of them, you think of Birmingham, I am Birmingham,” said Kirk.