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The Birmingham community will honor one of its living legends, Bishop Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr., for his nearly six decades of tireless service for the cause of American civil rights. Having been involved in the Civil Rights movement since 1956, Bishop Woods was a pioneer for justice and an active and highly respected community leader.
Among his many roles, Bishop Woods was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the SCLC City Convener for Birmingham Ministers Leadership Conference. Bishop Woods also served as an Executive Board Member of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and as a leader on the Transition Committee charged with helping to integrate the City’s business sectors. Furthermore, in 1963, he took legal action to uphold the rights of youth, including his own daughters, to be reinstated to school after they were unfairly suspended after being jailed for taking part in a demonstration. He, himself was arrested for preaching on civil rights and fired from his job for his involvement in the fight for justice for people of color. Bishop Woods is also the recently retired President of the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He is truly a man to be admired and celebrated.
We are requesting your presence and support in giving tribute to Bishop Woods as “The Drum Major of Change” on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Birmingham Museum of Art at 1:00 p.m.
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All support contributions will be documented in the program souvenir booklet. Proceeds from this effort will support scholarships awarded to high school seniors through the Calvin Wallace Woods Sr. Foundation.