Brothers & Bow Ties: A Vision Cast Virtual Event to Take Place Saturday, January 16

What: Brothers & Bow Ties: A Vision Cast Virtual Event  

When: Saturday, January 16, 10:00 a.m. 

Where: Birmingham Public Library Facebook Page

Details: As part of a citywide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, the Birmingham Public Library will host “Brothers and Bow Ties: A Vision Cast Virtual Event” on Saturday, January 16. 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 Birmingham Public Library downtown as part of the Day of Service activities taking place on MLK Day

The Birmingham Public Library is preparing to host “2021 Brothers and Bow Ties: A Vision Cast” virtual event, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021. 

The event is part of a citywide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, and will include a panel of black men offering inspirational 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.”

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

"Brothers and Bowties” 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. As a non-profit organization, much of the library’s success depends on the generosity of others.

 For more information or to make a donation, contact BPL Outreach Librarian Candice Hardy by calling (205) 226-3741, (205) 568-4359 or by email at

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