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MAP: Where American Students Are Pepper-Sprayed At School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

In 2011, a 17-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed by a school resource officer at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama, after getting in a dispute...

Terminally Ill Man Raised $750,000 For Daughter With Cancer Before He Died

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.01.2015 | Good News

This loving father served as his ill daughter’s hero up until the day he died. After raising $750,000 for 6-year-old Kelli’s cancer treatm...

Birmingham Shakes Up the Deep South with an Increase in the Minimum Wage

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

Like the civil rights movement of the 1960s that spread throughout the south, organizers hope their push to increase the minimum wage will spread to other cities. They are already planning efforts in other Alabama cities.

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

HuffPost UK | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

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Atticus Has Left the Building

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

With people spray-painting rebukes on statues of John C. Calhoun and Robert E. Lee across the South, who would have thought the first icon to be pulled off his pedestal would be Atticus Finch?

94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect recent church burnings that have occurred in the week since the shooting in Charleston. When Dylann...

In Charleston, Echoes of Birmingham and a Call to Action

Riley Roberts | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

"White Gunman Sought in Killing of 9 at Black Church in Charleston, S.C." It reads like a headline from another age. From 1963, to be precise -- the year another appalling hate crime was carried out against a strikingly similar target.

Daniel Marans

How Media Covered A Heinous Attack On A Black Church 50 Years Ago | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

As Americans mourn Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, it's perhaps worth looking back at the co...

The Whole World Is Watching

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

The McKinney incident was but the latest in an ever-growing string of caught-on-tape (although we don't use tape anymore) acts of police violence and webcast or broadcast to the world by average people using smartphones.

Terminated UAB Football Program Set To Return To Action In 2016

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports

A formal announcement from UAB is expected at 4 p.m.

I'm Going to Make You a Beef Sandwich, or If You'll Excuse Me While I Install This Toilet

Timothy Braun | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Timothy Braun

As my new plumber opened a box filled with porcelain pieces I learn he is from Chicago, and a Bears fan. He spends the season in what he calls "The Bus", an old '74 school bus in the parking lot of Solider Field, and has invited me and my dog to the Windy City for tailgating.

Ducks In England Get Their Own Walking Lanes So Humans Don't Ruffle Their Feathers

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.21.2015 | Good News

Make way for ducklings. Literally. The waterside walkways of England and Wales get tons of foot traffic as it is, but now these thoroughfares are ...

Historic Churches From Civil Rights Era Hold Service of Reconciliation

Jack Alvey | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Alvey

Much has changed in Selma in 50 years, and the local faith community has taken the lead in trying to bring together a city once defined by its resistance to integration.

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."

The Powerful Message That Helped Condoleezza Rice Thrive Amid Racism In The '60s

OWN | Posted 01.27.2015 | OWN

Long before Condoleezza Rice served as America's first female National Security Advisor and the first African-American female Secretary of State, she ...

Inside The UK's Thriving Muslim Drag Queen Scene

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices

There is no shortage of queer-friendly establishments in Londontown, but a rising group of drag queens -- pioneered by Muslim men -- is taking over ci...

Fox News Guest Apologizes After Calling U.K. City 'Totally Muslim'

AP | By SYLVIA HUI | Posted 03.14.2015 | Media

LONDON (AP) — A news commentator who told Fox News that the British city of Birmingham is "totally Muslim" has apologized for the comments, which dr...

Movie Review: Selma -- The March Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.

How One Public Artwork Is Redefining The Family Outside The Nuclear Norm

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts

A radical new sculpture by Turner-prize winning artist Gillian Wearing was revealed outside the newly transformed Library of Birmingham in the United ...

The Middle-earth Similarity We've All Been Ignoring

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Travel

We already knew New Zealand -- and its Hobbit-inspired airline video -- were an 'LOTR' junkie's paradise. But England? Nobody told us the real Middle-...

What to Expect From Wray

Johnny Nevin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Johnny Nevin

Wray is a three-piece band out of Birmingham whose album is a driving but dreamlike adventure through the collective musical imagination of David Brown, David Swatzell, and Blake Wimberly.

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...

Public Monument to Rape Survivors Garners Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Even though I am around it constantly, the power of the quilt still surprises me at moments.

Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero.


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission. If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. So said Emma Goldman more than 100 year...