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Did it take a pandemic to ignite Birmingham’s economy?

Another gorgeous autumn day in Vestavia Hillls
Another gorgeous autumn day in Vestavia Hills

The pandemic hit and unexpectedly a few of my friends’ children moved back  home to Birmingham—some temporarily and some permanently.

Cities like New York were in lockdown leaving many unfortunate souls imprisoned in their apartments or condominiums. Continue reading Did it take a pandemic to ignite Birmingham’s economy?

85 year old attorney muses about his youth, slavery, white flight, and Alabama constitution

J. Mason Davis
J. Mason Davis
Today’s guest columnist is J. Mason Davis.

I entered high school in January of 1948, at A.H. Parker High School.  I would have entered in September 1948, but the Principal, Bertrand H. Hudson, felt that I had accomplished all I would during the first semester of the Eighth Grade.  Hence, a social promotion, then known as “skipping”. Continue reading 85 year old attorney muses about his youth, slavery, white flight, and Alabama constitution

Mountain Brook dad ponders white privilege and special needs son

Trotter Cobb
Trotter Cobb

Today’s guest columnist is Trotter Cobb.

I grew up in Tuscaloosa in the 1950s and 1960s. I see now I lived a life of white privilege. My father had a successful business; we lived comfortably and we had a Black maid and a Black yard man.

I grew up thinking of them as if they were members of our family and content to be in such roles. Continue reading Mountain Brook dad ponders white privilege and special needs son

Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Teresa Thorne
Teresa Thorne

Today’s guest columnist is Teresa (T.K.) Thorne.

One of the confusing calls today is the one to “Defund the Police.” My thoughts on the subject are seasoned with a career in law enforcement, a master’s in social work, some research, and a couple of decades of contemplation. Continue reading Former B’ham police captain: Should we defund the police?

Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

Celestia Morgan
Celestia Morgan

Today’s guest columnist is The Bill Ivey.

Have you ever heard of Birmingham artist Celestia Anne (Cookie) Morgan? I hadn’t until a friend insisted that I check out her “REDLINE” exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. And I certainly knew nothing about the practice of redlining. Continue reading Discrimination exposed by brilliant Birmingham black artist

B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

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. Continue reading B’ham black attorney gets last laugh

Birmingham’s bright young future

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.

Continue reading Birmingham’s bright young future

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

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