Press Release - Detail
For Immediate Release Monday, January 11, 2021

CONTACT: Roy L. Williams
Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 572-1359

2021 Brothers & Bow Ties Panelists to Give Inspiring Words for Boys on January 16

Birmingham, Ala.- As part of a citywide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, the Birmingham Public Library will host a panel discussion online on Saturday featuring African-American men sharing inspiring words of encouragement for youth.

Brothers and Bow Ties: A Vision Cast Virtual Event” will take place at 10 a.m. this Saturday, January 16, 2021, on the BPL Facebook page. Cedric D. Sparks, Chief of Staff for the City of Birmingham, will serve as host and moderator of the event.

Brothers & Bow Ties is part of a citywide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, and will include a panel of black men offering words of encouragement to young boys and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18. The program will provide donations for those in need on MLK Day Monday, January 18, 2021, commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day of Service.” Click below for details

Brothers and Bow Ties is designed to motivate adolescent males between the ages of 11 and 18. The event is to promote positive character, establish long-lasting relationships with positive adult male figures, and to cast visions that promote a brighter future.

The 2021 Brothers and Bow Ties host and 10 panelists are as follows:

Host Cedric D. Sparks, City of Birmingham Chief of Staff

· Clinton P. Woods, District 1 Councilor, Birmingham City Council
· Judge Cuck Price II, Birmingham Municipal Court
· Derrick Gray, Senior Pastor of the Freedom Church
· Emory Edwards, Senior Pastor of C2 Nation
· Earl Patton, Associate Pastor of C2 Nation
· Toby Carter, Chief Photographer of CBS 42
· Jonathan T. Moore, Founder of “Word on Wheels”
· Eric D. Jones, Founder of D.I.G. Mentoring
· Timothy Alexander, Author/Public Speaker/Founder of “Inspired by T.A.”
· Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations for the Birmingham Public Library

BPL is seeking donations of hats, gloves, coats, masks, tote bags, soup, sandwiches, and other items to be distributed to those in need on Monday, January 18 at the Central Library downtown as part of the Day of Service activities taking place on MLK Day. For details on how to donate, click here
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Created by BPL Outreach Librarian Candice Hardy, “Brothers and Bow Ties” made its inaugural debut MLK Weekend in January 2020, partnering with the historic Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, The Birmingham Mayor’s Office: Divisions of Youth Service, and several organizations across the City of Birmingham. Timothy Alexander, an author and motivational speaker served as the 2020 keynote speaker. Alexander is the author of Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal, a memoir about how he overcame a car accident that left him confined to a wheelchair at age 17.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 18 locations and serving the community for over 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in
the Southeast.
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