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Birmingham will have a benefit concert for human rights in support of 50 Years Forward.  That is the celebration which commemorates 50th anniversary of what many see as the turning point in the civil rights movement.  Today, a local branch announced sponsorship of the concert.  

The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights, co-produced by Live Nation, will take place at the end of a week-long remembrance of the events of 1963 including the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. The incident helped galvanize the civil rights movement and change the course of history. The benefit will be held at The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on September 14 with an all-star line-up.  The list of artists and groups that will be on that line-up will be announced later this spring.  

"The concert will be a joyful celebration of how far this country has come," said Alan Register, BBVA Compass Birmingham city president. "We expect people to come from across the nation to commemorate an important chapter in our history - and to also honor Birmingham for the pivotal role the city played. The hope is that the concert's message will inspire the next generation of innovators, risk-takers and leaders to make a difference in our communities."

Musicians and comedians will perform during the three-hour event. Community, human rights and civil rights movement leaders will also make special appearances.  "50 Years Forward: The Movement that Changed the World" is an ongoing commemoration of the profound and sometimes tragic events that took place in Birmingham in the '60s. The concert serves as a global call-to-action to propel human rights issues forward with the goal of equality for all.

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