Category Archives: Race relations

It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

Rotary Trail
Rotary Trail

You know about the Birmingham haters if you read the comments on al.com, ComebackTown, or any other Birmingham media.

Who are these people?

Why are they so antagonistic towards Birmingham?

And why are they against their own city, county, or region? Continue reading It must suck to be a Birmingham hater

Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know

Robert Milam
Robert Milam

Today’s guest blogger is Robert Milam.

If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

My heart sank when I read  the piece, “Elitists, racists, and snake-oil salesmen built Birmingham,” published on ComebackTown.

My reaction was one of frustration and some embarrassment because it was so focused on the negative parts of Birmingham’s history. Continue reading Our negative history is not the Birmingham I know

Birmingham: “City of Churches”?

Peter Leithart
Peter Leithart

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Peter Leithart.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Between 1947 and 1965, white vigilantes dynamited fifty black homes and churches in Birmingham.

On one ghastly night in May 1963, assassins tried to kill Martin Luther King, Jr. by bombing his brother’s home and the Gaston Motel, touching off an all-night riot. Continue reading Birmingham: “City of Churches”?

A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom

Reverend. John Bagby
The Reverend John Bagby

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Reverend John Bagby.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Margaret Brown lived in Titusville, a neighborhood in Birmingham. Two months before I was born in 1949, she was hired to come and live with my family, and work in our home six days a week as a maid, or “the help,” as folks in Mountain Brook would have said back then. Continue reading A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom

Let’s galvanize behind a community effort to grow the Black Business Class

Bob Dickerson
Bob Dickerson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous metro Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Bob Dickerson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

If we close Birmingham’s racial wealth gap we all benefit.

If you’re black and you’re reading this then you know exactly what I mean by the racial wealth gap. If you’re white there’s a chance that you might not realize and worse, might not have ever focused on the problems that this gaping disparity cause.  Continue reading Let’s galvanize behind a community effort to grow the Black Business Class

Look out divided Birmingham: Here come the Millennials!

BirminghamI live in two different worlds.

The world of my contemporaries—folks 50, 60, 70 years old who are generally happy with the status quo.

And the world of 20, 30, and 40 year olds—who are desperate for change.

I make some of my contemporary friends nervous. Continue reading Look out divided Birmingham: Here come the Millennials!

What I’ve learned about Birmingham, Mtn. Brook, & people

Mountain Brook Village
Mountain Brook Village

It’s been a wild ride publishing ComebackTown.

I never dreamed publishing a weekly blog about how to create a more prosperous Birmingham could be so challenging—but so DARN interesting!

I’ve learned so much about human nature, Birmingham, and our suburban neighbors. Continue reading What I’ve learned about Birmingham, Mtn. Brook, & people

Director reckons with Art Museum’s ugly past

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

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Graham Boettcher.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to serve the people of our city.

Through the generosity of our community, we’ve built an exceptional collection of more than 27,000 works of art, and last year, welcomed 123,000 visitors through our doors.

It wasn’t so long ago, however, when we failed many of our citizens, writing a shameful chapter in the Museum’s history that we are still striving to overcome. Continue reading Director reckons with Art Museum’s ugly past

My dad’s struggle to do the right thing in racially charged Birmingham

Morris Sher, 1915-1970
Morris Sher, 1915-1970

I grew up in the South in the 1950’s.

‘Negroes’ drank from water fountains labeled ‘Colored’; used separate restrooms from whites; and were relegated to sit in the back of buses.

My father owned a small retail store in downtown Birmingham. Continue reading My dad’s struggle to do the right thing in racially charged Birmingham