Auburn University students to join Birmingham’s Civil Rights celebration

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University students will participate in “The Mayor’s Scholars Conference” in Birmingham Sept. 12-14.

The War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, the Black Student Union, Auburn University Student Government Association and the Auburn University Lobby Board will serve as ambassadors for the Reaching Economic Justice and Building Tolerance panels during the morning session on Sept. 12.

As part of the 50 Years Forward Civil Rights celebration, the city of Birmingham is commemorating the anniversary of the civil rights movement with various events and programs throughout 2013. The city has partnered with business, civic, government, educational and faith-based communities to recognize this significant time in history.

Auburn University has worked with Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr. to coordinate the Civil Rights/Education Panel on Thursday from 3:10 – 4:25 p.m. at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. The series of scholarly panels will focus on the events from 1963 and how they connect with today’s human rights issues and efforts.

Among the panelists are Thom Gossom, the first African-American athlete to graduate from Auburn University; former Mayor Richard Arrington, the first African-American mayor in Birmingham; and Birmingham-Southern University President  Charles “Chuck” C. Krulak, retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The panel will be moderated by Auburn graduate Marcita Thomas, news producer at NBC affiliate WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Ga.

(Written by Jourdan Cooper.)

Contact: Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)