We’re going to take Samford to the NCAA Championship–and we’re going to win

Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University
Bucky McMillan, Head Coach Samford University

Today’s guest columnist is Bucky McMillan.

My love for the game of basketball runs deep. So does my love for Birmingham.

When I first became the head basketball coach at Mountain Brook High School some people would have laughed at the thought of Mountain Brook becoming a perennial powerhouse in the state of Alabama and a nationally recognized program.

At the time, it would have sounded a bit farfetched.
Continue reading We’re going to take Samford to the NCAA Championship–and we’re going to win

A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

Graham Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art

Today’s guest columnist is Graham C. Boettcher.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is home to nearly 27,000 works of art encompassing cultures around the globe, created throughout human history. Continue reading A pioneering painter portrays an Alabama politician

The Birmingham story we never expected to tell

Protective Stadium
Protective Stadium

When I was Board Chair of Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), in 2005, we hired an economic development consultant.

He flew to town the night before our first meeting and stayed at the Tutwiler Hotel. While sitting at the bar that evening he engaged in conversation with one of our locals. Continue reading The Birmingham story we never expected to tell

It shouldn’t be this difficult to help harassed and bullied students

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Charity Jackson
Charity Jackson

Today’s guest columnists are Michael Wilson & Charity Jackson.

Charter school application denied.

Appeal to the state commission denied.

A new application, this time written directly to the state commission, denied again.

Appeal the denial, finally victorious. Continue reading It shouldn’t be this difficult to help harassed and bullied students

We can do something about raw sewage and hookworm problem in Alabama

Catherine Coleman Flowers
Catherine Coleman Flowers

Today’s guest columnist is Catherine Coleman Flowers.

I was born in Birmingham and lived briefly in the city as it went through changes associated with the modern-day civil rights movement.

Eventually, my family moved to Lowndes County, which is where my father was born. Continue reading We can do something about raw sewage and hookworm problem in Alabama

Stunning that Amazon’s groundbreaking union vote is in Birmingham

Eli Cohen
Eli Cohen

Today’s guest columnist is Eli Cohen.

When I first saw that Amazon’s biggest unionization effort to date was taking place here in Birmingham, I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

I grew up in Birmingham. Even as a child, I was politically involved, travelling to Montgomery to visit lawmakers at the capital, and later to learn the dark sides of our history at the Equal Justice Initiative. Continue reading Stunning that Amazon’s groundbreaking union vote is in Birmingham

Hopeful even though my sister was killed by white men

Lisa McNair

Today’s guest columnist is Lisa McNair.

My earliest memory is that white men who didn’t like her just because of the color of her skin, killed my sister.

My older sister, Denise McNair was the youngest of the four little girls killed by a bomb placed at 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. Continue reading Hopeful even though my sister was killed by white men

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