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Do You Have a Woodlawn in Your Past?

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Gordon Bennett

Woodlawn is based on the true story of Tony Nathan. Nathan was a gifted African American high school football player, who in 1973, was bused, along with other black students in the name of school integration to Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire -- To Fall in Love in Birmingham, Alabama

Perry Brass | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

At the Met show, I didn't want to leave it. It opened up my brain like an act of exploration, where it remained there, someplace in my eyes. I have rarely had this experience with a work of art. It made so much other stuff look like bullshit.

Tomorrow: This Season's Best Baseball Game

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports
Keith Thomson

On Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m., the Birmingham Barons, currently 21-24 in the Southern League (AA-level minors), will host the last-place Jacksonville Suns. In and of itself, no, it's not the Game of the Year. Still, if you can see just one game in 2015, this is it. Because it's the only game of the year at Rickwood Field.

Reflections on Selma

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are hearing a great deal from those in our society who would like to turn the clock back on voting rights, civil rights, and the right to peaceably assemble. But I believe there are many more people of good will among us than various news reports might lead us to believe. Hopefully, more of them will raise their voices in continuance of our search for "a more perfect Union."

Alabama 5-Year-Old Surprises Family, Recites 'I Have a Dream' Speech at Dinner

Karen Shepard | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Karen Shepard

On it's "Meaning of The King Holiday" page, The King Center of Atlanta declares " is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of [Dr. King's] dream." Nico, 5, who attends pre-school in Birmingham, Alabama, lends credence to that hope.

Samantha Lachman

Why Birmingham's Mayor Thinks His City Has A Shot At Landing The DNC | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When skeptics ask William Bell, the Democratic mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, why the 2016 Democratic National Convention should be held...

5 Free Activities In Alabama's Most Up-And-Coming City

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest city is making a comeback after decades of dormancy, and there's plenty of free stuff for visitors to see ...

Airport Reopens After Threat Prompts Evacuation

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham airport reopened Sunday after a threat prompted an investigation by bomb technicians...

'My Students'

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

As someone who has spent his adult life surrounded by young people -- whether in the military, international banking, or professional sports -- one of the principle reasons I chose to take on the position of college president was to get back to my "roots."

The Story Of The Shards Of Stained Glass From 16th Street Baptist Church

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls — three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old ...

Church's Sign Makes Furious Accusation Of Zimmerman Jury

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion

Pastor Michael R. Jordan is outraged about the Trayvon Martin case and "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman, and he's pointing the finger at the ...

How The Civil Rights Movement Was Covered In Birmingham | Posted 06.19.2013 | Black Voices

As the Civil Rights Movement was unfolding across the US in 1963, the entire nation had its eyes on climactic events taking place in Southern cities l...

Tales from the 'Magic City'

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Children played a critical role in demonstrations that defined the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Fifty years later, we remember another leader, the late Dr. Michael Froning, for helping Birmingham's children, families and teachers develop a sense of their own stake in education.

Birmingham's Renaissance

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It feels like Birmingham finally is emerging from the shadows cast by the ugly racial violence of 1963. Long haunted by black-and...

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Birmingham, Alabama

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Black Voices

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 31 (Reuters) - Birmingham is honoring its turbulent past by commemorating the 50th anniversary of...

Birmingham Church Bombing Families Split Over Honor

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 06.12.2013 | Black Voices

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Relatives of four black girls killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed an Alabama church are split over how to mark the crime 50 ye...

Mississippi, Again! Between Lil' Wayne and Nina Simone

William H. Turner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The publicity of rapper Wayne's decidedly vulgar reference to Emmett Till -- whose scandalous murder in Mississippi in 1955 was considered by many as the impetus to the modern civil rights movement -- was, or so I thought, a teachable moment in my sociology classes at a black college.

HB 56: How the People of Alabama Fought Back Against the Worst Anti-Immigrant Law in the Country

Victor Palafox | Posted 07.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Victor Palafox

Alabama has an opportunity to right a wrong and ridding ourselves of HB 56 is our only solution.

HB 56: How Alabama Won the Anti-immigrant Race by Beating Arizona at Its Own Game

Victor Palafox | Posted 05.03.2012 | Latino Voices
Victor Palafox

I remember having to sit down with my brother and mother, looking up apartment prices, schools, universities, and humorously sitting aghast when I noticed the lack of Southern restaurants. My family was not the only one.

Prosecution Flounders In Scuba Honeymoon Trial, Case Dismissed

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 02.24.2012 | Crime

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Prosecutors encountered legal hurdles just getting Gabe Watson into an Alabama courtroom to face a murder charge in the death of h...

Gabe Watson Trial Timeline: Honeymoon Scuba-diving Death To Acquittal In Alabama

The Huffington Post | Kyle McGovern | Posted 05.04.2012 | Crime

Gabe Watson, 34, stands accused of murdering his first wife, Tina Thomas Watson, on their October 2003 honeymoon in Australia. Watson served 18 months...

Fred Shuttlesworth: Much More Than A Footnote

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Troy Jackson

A few hours before I learned of Steve Jobs' death, I got a text message from my wife on my Steve Jobs-inspired iPhone: civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth had died.

Hispanic Students Vanish From Alabama Schools Following Controversial Immigration Law

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 07.20.2012 | Education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough n...

6 Illegal Immigrants Arrested During Georgia Protest

AP | By KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA -- Six young illegal immigrants were arrested Tuesday after they sat down and blocked traffic near the Georgia state Capitol to publicly decla...

Witness Heroes

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

I heard Martin Luther King's dream that hot day in August and was never the same. Growing up in the civil rights era without being able to participate as a young child felt like a reed being buffeted by the wind.