Category Archives: Alabama

Do good or make money? Now Alabama entrepreneurs can do both

Patrick J. Murphy
Patrick J. Murphy
Jonathan Murphy
Jonathan Murphy

Today’s guest columnists are Patrick J. Murphy and Jonathan Murphy.

In January 2021, a law went into effect in Alabama that allows the formation of a new kind of business entity called a “benefit corporation.” Continue reading Do good or make money? Now Alabama entrepreneurs can do both

Hypocrisy backfires on State of Alabama

J. Mason Davis
J. Mason Davis

Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

I graduated from Talladega College, a small liberal arts college located in Talladega, Alabama, in June 1956.

Talladega College had been founded in 1867 as one of the first, if not the first, school for educating the former enslaved black man, though not limited to  his or her race. Continue reading Hypocrisy backfires on State of Alabama

Saving babies and moms in Alabama

Client baby of ShaTaura Lewis, Photo is courtesy BirthWell Partners.
Client baby of ShaTaura Lewis, Photo courtesy BirthWell Partners

Today’s guest columnist is Jennifer L. Greer

Last year, when I got the news that my great nephew had been born in Birmingham, AL, at the height of the pandemic, that he was healthy, and that his mom was healthy, I cried. And not just happy tears.

I cried tears of relief. Continue reading Saving babies and moms in Alabama

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

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

Alabama vaccine distribution worst in the nation

Frank McPhillips

Today’s guest columnist is Frank McPhillips.

When a deadly pandemic collides with exponential growth, the result is frightening. We have reached that point in Alabama, and we must speed up the distribution of vaccines.  

During October, roughly 30,000 Alabamians contracted COVID-19. By November, the number rose to 42,500 in one month. In December, the number of cases more than doubled to 111,000. And, January’s cases are rising even faster than December’s. Continue reading Alabama vaccine distribution worst in the nation

Alabama’s Klansman Supreme Court Justice

Roger Newman
Roger Newman

Today’s guest columnist is Roger Newman.

Few justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have ever become household names.

To most people they are a gray, anonymous lot, toiling in obscurity despite their obvious importance.

Only one justice has come from Alabama, Hugo Black.  He was more than a great judge and public servant, he was one of the relatively few people whose ideas have truly shaped our country and are still with us. Continue reading Alabama’s Klansman Supreme Court Justice