Coca-Cola bottles to mark civil rights era
by Associated Press Wire
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Coca-Cola officials say they're releasing a limited-edition glass bottle in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights events of 1963.

The Atlanta-based company made the announcement Monday in Birmingham, where several key events of the civil rights era took place.

The bottles will be available only in Birmingham initially, The Birmingham News reported.

They list seven cities in which key events in the movement took place. At the center of the list the bottle reads: Civil Rights Movement - 1963 - 50 - 2013 - Birmingham, Alabama."

The company also is providing grants to historically black colleges and universities for scholarships, and will sponsor events and service projects in Birmingham, the Birmingham paper reported.

"Through each of these activities, Coca-Cola honors a movement, begun in Birmingham, which changed the world and celebrates a future of hope and equality," the company said in a statement.

Coca-Cola also will be the presenting sponsor of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's exhibit, "Marching On: The Children's Movement at Fifty."

The commemorative bottles will be available in Birmingham stores starting July 1 and elsewhere over the next several months.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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