Mark Zuckerberg tours Alabama


Mike Finnegan

Arriving in Birmingham Monday, Zuckerberg experienced some of the city’s history on civil rights as he toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and met with Anthony Ray Hinton, a man who was on death row for 30 years for to a crime he never committed because of his race.

Zuckerberg stopped by The University of Alabama on Tuesday to see the energies that go into building a community. The billionaire met privately with Nick Saban and several Crimson Tide football players to discuss what it takes to build a championship program.

According to Saban, Zuckerberg sought advice from the national championship winning football coach on how to build a world-class program driven with a type of inspiring leadership.

“We all need to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. “Communities can form around all kinds of things – churches, schools, teams – and it’s clear that for a lot of folks in Alabama, college football is an important part of their community.”

Birmingham mayor William Bell said Zuckerberg was seeking to get an idea of what Alabama was like and how he could be helpful to the state.