Birmingham mayor passes the civil rights movement torch to North County

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama came to St. Louis Friday to meet with African American mayors in North County where he called for dialogue and action.

William Bell is president of the African American Mayors Association.

In the 1960's, his city played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement where peaceful protest was met with violence and hatred.

Mayor Bell described his meeting as a passing of the torch.

Bell says his association plans to put together a plan to help cities address the issues facing African American youth here and across the country.

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