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Jamie Foxx to Host BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Birmingham Civil Rights movement, where Martin Luther King Jr. —  one of the movement’s defining figures — penned his highly regarded ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights will be held in Birmingham to help commemorate the event, and the star-studded concert will be hosted by Jamie Foxx.

Foxx, who’s slated to play villain Electro in the upcoming ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,′ will be the master of ceremonies in an event that will feature performances by Grammy award-winning singer Jill Scott and the legendary Charlie Wilson — who recently received the BET Lifetime Achievement Honor.

“Dr. King has always been a hero of mine,” Foxx said on hosting the event. “His achievements for the civil rights movement inspire me on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to coming down to Birmingham to host such an important event as CR50.”

The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights is part of Birmingham’s year-long “50 Years Forward” celebration of the civil rights movement. The event will be held on Sept. 14 — at the end of a week-long remembrance of the tragic 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four girls — at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.

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