- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is discussing both the past and future of civil rights during its national meeting in Birmingham.

The group will begin its 2014 convention on Monday morning with a round-table discussion involving participants in the civil rights movement from years past.

Later, Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd and actress Robin Givens are scheduled to participate in a luncheon with a theme of empowering women for the future.

Also, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will participate in a discussion of so-called “stand your ground” laws.

The SCLC national convention began Sunday in Birmingham and concludes with a breakfast Wednesday.

The late Martin Luther King Jr. served as the first president of the Atlanta-based civil rights organization.

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