The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help it mark next year's 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, marches and boycotts that brought national attention to segregation in 1963.
The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/RWuYnn ) the gift came from the charitable arm of financial holding company BB&T. The money will go toward education and outreach for the anniversary.
The institute says it plans a human rights symposium, teacher workshops, an exhibition and other programs to celebrate the 1963 Birmingham Campaign. Spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, the campaign led to an agreement with Birmingham business to desegregate lunch counters, stores and water fountains.
Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews
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