The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

August 14, 2013

Actor Jamie Foxx to host human rights show in Alabama


Associated Press

— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Actor Jamie Foxx will host a concert next month in Birmingham to help mark the city's role in the civil rights movement.

The BBVA Concert for Human Rights will be held on Sept. 14, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the deadly bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

The show will include singer-songwriter Jill Scott and R&B performer Charlie Wilson.

Foxx says in a statement he is looking forward to participating in the event, which will be held at the BJCC Arena.

Ku Klux Klansmen detonated a bomb outside the downtown Birmingham church on Sept. 15, 1963, killing four black girls. The city is marking the 50th anniversary of the attack with a week of events.