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"Its good to go to a protest. It's good to sit in," said Marquelon Sigler, a local realtor and active member of the Birmingham Urban League of Professionals.  

"Its good to make a lot of noise but at the same time its even better to control resources and go in and say, 'Hey we own this many shares of stock we demand you do this." 

Sigler, 34, is characterized as a rising leader in the Civil Rights Movement who supports the National Urban League and its efforts to develop programs benefiting the community. 

"The big issue we're trying to push right now is economics and gathering our resources," said Sigler, in an interview with ABC 33/40. 

In the midst of the city celebrating 50 years of progress since the Civil Rights Movement, a new generation of leaders have to think ahead in order to empower the African-American community in Birmingham. 

"African Americans are more educated and have better jobs than they ever had before, but at the same time, poverty and the state of living is the worse than it has ever been before," said Sigler. 
 
The young leader said those fighting for the empowerment of black people have to think about their work in a more economical and commercial fashion. 

Sigler said creating and supporting more minority businesses helps elevate victims of discrimination and racism. 

"I think progress is being made. I'm a black man and I have more opportunities than my father or my grandfather ever had." 

Seasoned and younger leaders in the Civil Rights Movement haven't always seen eye to eye in their approach to fighting injustices. 

Emory Anthony, a prominent attorney in Birmingham, said people of all ages can learn from one another. Since the two groups have a common purpose, it's best they work together to secure a better future for minorities in the next 50 years. 

 

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