Category Archives: Race relations

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

David Carrington: ‘My most embarrassing moment’

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington
Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington

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

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

(Comments of Commissioner David Carrington at the unveiling of the new mural at Jefferson County Courthouse April 24th)…

Today is my 70th birthday – and I’m closer to my journey’s end – than I am to its beginning.

I’ve seen so many new things in my lifetime – from air conditioning – to indoor plumbing at my grandparent’s house – to color television sets – to images of a man walking on the moon – to microwave ovens – to a personal computer that conveniently fits in my shirt pocket – and is insultingly called a phone. Continue reading David Carrington: ‘My most embarrassing moment’

Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses

Gardendale High School
Gardendale High School

Rarely do you have an opportunity to read an article that clearly shows why we’ve had virtually no job growth in our metropolitan area.

Erin Edgemon of al.com recently wrote a piece about how a Jefferson County municipality took a big gamble and lost.

Continue reading Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses

Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

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

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

Earlier this year, it was announced that Food & Wine magazine would be relocating to Birmingham. For weeks, there were articles highlighting what a wonderful move this is for Birmingham and the food industry. Continue reading Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Time for Birmingham to embrace our civil rights past

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham’s been called the ‘city of perpetual promise.’

But that potential seems to elude us.

Destiny, however, has dealt us a hand and it’s up to us to grab it.

If we want to make our mark on the world then we must identify how we’re unique and how we can exploit that uniqueness. Continue reading Time for Birmingham to embrace our civil rights past

Why politics in Birmingham default to race

William Mohammad, member Birmingham Water Works Board
William Mohammad, Birmingham Water Works Board
David Carrington, member Jefferson County Commission
David Carrington, member Jefferson County Commission

I’ve never met William Muhammad, the newly reappointed member of the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB)—so I’m unable to comment on his character.

However, I’ve known Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington for many years and can strongly testify that he’s not a racist.

In fact, Commissioner Carrington is a poster child for ‘inclusiveness.’

Continue reading Why politics in Birmingham default to race

How Trussville mucked up Birmingham’s future

Veterans Memorial in Trussville
Veterans Memorial in Trussville

Okay, I should have titled this column, “How Trussville, Adamsville, Hueytown, and Pleasant Grove mucked up Birmingham’s future.”

I’m repeatedly surprised by the animosity between our suburbs and the City of Birmingham.

The lack of trust between our City and its suburbs continually plays havoc with our progress. Continue reading How Trussville mucked up Birmingham’s future