Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Birmingham, Alabama was the place to be last night for the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights. The celebration was held at the city’s BJCC Arena and was hosted by multi-award winning comedian Jamie Foxx.  Musical entertainment was provided by R&B legend Uncle Charlie Wilson and singer-actress Jill Scott.

According to, the Live Nation produced fundraiser was one of many events supporting Birmingham’s “50 Years Forward” campaign, which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of events of the civil rights movement that occurred in the city in 1963. Other scheduled highlights included a Spike Lee Film Festival, The Four Little Girls Foundation gala and sermons from the historic 16th Street Church.

Award presentations were made last night to Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Elder Bernice A. King and Myrna Carter Jackson with a special appearance by the Rev. Jessie Jackson and Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, CA.

Earlier that day, Reverend Lowery participated in the city’s official statue dedication to honor the lives of the “Four Little Girls” who were killed on September 15, 1963.

Take a look at a few photos below:

Rev, Jamie and Mayor

 Jamie Foxx with honoree Rev. Joseph Lowery and Birmingham Mayor William Bell

Jill Scott

Grammy-winner Jill Scott thrilled the audience with her amazing vocals

Uncle Charlie

 Uncle Charlie Wilson rocked the house with his ole school R&B classics

Rev. Lowery

 The Rev. Joseph Lowery was honored for his contributions to the civil rights movement

King, jamie and Mayor

Jamie Foxx with honoree Elder Bernice A. King and Mayor Bell

Jessie jackson

 The Rev. Jessie Jackson made an appearance

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 Rev. Lowery at the dedication of the statue to the Four Little Girls

Photography Credit: and Facebook/Imara Canady