Posts by davidsher:

    Startling observation from my quarantine drive

    August 6th, 2020
    The Rev. Jon Chalmers
    The Rev. Jon Chalmers

    Today’s guest columnist is The Rev. Jon Chalmers.

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    Judging from the license plates along the gravel road to Hargrove Shoals along the Cahaba River in Bibb County, my quarantine driven desire for a road trip was shared by many in our community. Read the rest of this entry “

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    B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

    July 28th, 2020
    J. Mason Davis J. Mason Davis

    Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

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    There is one incident in my life that I have always remembered and told and retold to audiences that had an interest. It occurred during summer break between my second and third years of Law School. 1958. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham’s bright young future

    July 23rd, 2020
    Birmingham Regions Field Sign
    Regions Field Sign (Mark Almond al.com)

    I’m regularly asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about Birmingham?

    I always respond, ‘optimistic.’

    The reason I’m optimistic is because we have a unique advantage.

    Read the rest of this entry “

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    High stakes–How to open Alabama schools

    July 14th, 2020
    Dr. Karim I. Budhwani, CEO CerFlux,

    Today’s guest columnist is Dr. Karim I. Budhwani.

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    Many parents, teachers, and administrators are agonizing over the safety of students and ultimately their loved ones as Alabama schools open in the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Black bodies falling in the streets–Does B’ham have the will to act?

    July 7th, 2020
    Onoyemi Williams
    Onoyemi Williams

    Today’s guest columnist is Onoyemi Williams.

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    What if there were a proven vaccination for the Coronavirus and our government chose to ignore it?

    Gun violence is ravaging neighborhoods in Birmingham, leaving families devastated, communities torn asunder.

    We have a proven strategy to reduce gun violence in Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Hoover and Mountain Brook not immune from Coronavirus

    June 26th, 2020
    Frank McPhillips
    Frank McPhillips

    Today’s guest columnist is Frank McPhillips.

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    If you live in a leafy over-the-mountain community, you might think you have nothing to worry about when it comes to COVID-19.

    The argument goes like this: the coronavirus won’t bother me because I don’t belong to an at-risk population. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Pollyannish white man: ‘B’ham has reached a tipping point’

    June 24th, 2020
    Maury Shevin
    Maury Shevin

    Today’s guest columnist is Maury Shevin.

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    A few weeks have passed since our nation and our city erupted in righteous revulsion to the killing of George Floyd.

    Like many, I am still putting events into perspective, but  Floyd’s death can only be described as a 21st Century lynching. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Birmingham surprised me!

    June 16th, 2020
    Jeff Barrett
    Jeff Barrett

    Editor’s note: On January 17th, Jeff Barrett, a highly respected business writer, wrote a piece for Entrepreneur saying Birmingham, Alabama was the most interesting place he visited in 2019. He’s not done bragging on Birmingham…

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    When you spend two years traveling to 50+ cities, 40+ states for Inc and Entrepreneur you gain a very unique perspective about the country. There isn’t a bad trip; everyone is putting their best foot forward.

    Still, Birmingham has surprised me. This isn’t another article. This is a thank you letter to Birmingham. Read the rest of this entry “

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    The Talk

    June 10th, 2020
    Thom Gossom, Jr.
    Thom Gossom, Jr.

    Today’s guest columnist is Thom Gossom, Jr.

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    (Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on Facebook and is being  published with permission of author)

    I remember “the talk.”

    The talk that black fathers gave and probably still give to their sons. It was time. I was probably getting closer to driver’s license age and that meant I could venture further from the nest on my own.

    The talk was serious. No! It wasn’t the sex talk. We had that one too. It was like the sex itself. Quick and… well you know. Read the rest of this entry “

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    Is this the end of Birmingham’s future?

    June 2nd, 2020
    Alabama & Lyric Theatres (Photo courtesy of Birmingham Landmarks Inc.)
    Alabama & Lyric Theatres (Photo courtesy of Birmingham Landmarks Inc.)

    Moments after the violent unrest rocked Birmingham the following Twitter messages appeared.

    “David Sher’s Comeback Town doesn’t look too nice this morning!

    “So much for David Sher’s ComebackTown.”

    Is this the end of our Birmingham renaissance? Read the rest of this entry “

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To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham