Tag Archives: Alabama

Alabama: It’s time for our children to be taught the truth

Billy Field (Photo by Joe Will Field)

Today’s guest columnist is Billy Field.

What’s the first history lesson you ever had?

For me, it was the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. “Yes, mother, I did chop down the cherry tree. I cannot tell a lie.”

Turns out, that story was not true. But parents didn’t tell it for historical fact, they told it for the moral lesson, the importance of telling the truth. Continue reading Alabama: It’s time for our children to be taught the truth

So much distrust and suspicion in Alabama–Are we about to see a new day?

Ryan Hankins

Today’s guest columnist is Ryan Hankins.

I don’t think Paul Ricœur, the French philosopher, ever visited Alabama.

It’s his loss. Had he come to the Yellowhammer State, he could have seen remarkable examples of his most famous philosophical idea– the hermeneutic of suspicion. Or more simply, an approach to life grounded in suspicion, to assume there is always some hidden meaning or ulterior motive at work. Continue reading So much distrust and suspicion in Alabama–Are we about to see a new day?

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

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