- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Dalai Lama will visit Birmingham this fall.

The mayor’s office says the spiritual leader of Tibet will arrive in the city for a four-day weekend visit beginning Oct. 24.

Public and private events are being planned, including an address by the Dalai Lama at Birmingham’s minor league baseball park on Oct. 26.

The visit will feature a theme of human rights. Schools, museums and libraries will participate.

Mayor William Bell says it’s an honor for the Dalai Lama to visit Birmingham, the scene of large civil rights protests in the early 60s. Bell says the appearance will help Birmingham continue presenting itself as a city moving forward.

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