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Camp promotes peace, takes look at Civil Rights

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Camp participants re-enact the march of Foot Soldiers from the 16th Street Baptist Church in downtown Birmingham.

Photos by Stephonia Taylor Mclinn

Camp participants re-enact the march of Foot Soldiers from the 16th Street Baptist Church in downtown Birmingham.
Camp participants re-enact the march of Foot Soldiers from the 16th Street Baptist Church in downtown Birmingham.

The second annual Civil Rights Youth Day Camp was held in Birmingham last week with the theme “Non-Violent Approach to Justice, Peace, and Self Respect.”

The Civil Rights Activist Committee, founded in 1991, hosted the camp to recognize the role played by foot soldiers in the 1950s and 1960s and to preserve the contribution of the men and women to the Movement.

A diverse group of young people from all over the city of Birmingham attended the camp with the assistance of local groups such as the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District and the YMCA.

Officer Lawrence Billups with Chelsey  Cooley, of Hoover High School; Jada Repp, of Homewood High School and Brooklyn Kirksey, of Helena Middle School.
Officer Lawrence Billups with Chelsey Cooley, of Hoover High School; Jada Repp, of Homewood High School and Brooklyn Kirksey, of Helena Middle School.

“Knowledge is power and we are to embrace wisdom and teach our young people to do the same so that each generation of people can be more loving, understanding and kind,” said Paulette Roby, chairman of the Civil Rights Activist Committee.

The camp raised awareness and offered critical educational seminars that promote non-violence, knowledge of high self-esteem, and individuality.

Roby said the camp helps is important to move closer to eliminating ignorance, discord, and inequality. The Civil Rights Activist Committee can be reached at http://www.civilrightsactivist.org/ or contact Paulette Roby, Chairman of the Board, at civilrightsactivist.fs63@yahoo.com or 205-518-0321.