A Requiem For Rev. Ronnie Williams: Poverty, Public Health and the Good Fight

Reading "Poverty and Public Health," a great article by colleague Mark Kelly in his Weld for Birmingham newspaper, was bittersweet for me. It made me think of my friend Rev. Ronnie Williams. He should have...

The Magic of the Magic City Classic

I am a sports ignoramus. It's my blind spot, a subject for which I have little interest, a very scary attitude for someone in the media business to have. So when I came...

Blog Post: Wanted- Inspired Children To Change The World (Again)

Fifty years ago yesterday marked the beginning of what historians call “The Children’s Crusade,” when several thousand African American students took to Birmingham’s streets during the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign. Fifty years ago...

Blog Post: Alabama Needs to Stay On Its Voting Rights Medications

Thank goodness that in 2013 we’re commemorating the Civil Rights milestones achieved through the sacrificial work of brave men and women who forfeited the pursuit of their own happiness to defend their constitutional...

Blog Post: The Meaning of Black History Month

A Facebook acquaintance asked on his page, “is (Black History Month) still necessary or has it reached the point where we no longer need to recognize the month of February as such?” Apparently,...

Blog Post: Voting Today

The line at the Jefferson County Courthouse this morning was deceptively short when I arrived at 7 a.m. When I went, I saw another, massive line that stretched as far as the eye...

Blog Post: Dreams Do Come True

I sat with three older ladies at the Harambe Room in Downtown Birmingham tonight when Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party’s 2008 nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America. Mary...

From the Publisher’s Desk

It seemed like an easy enough assignment. I stopped by to visit my friends at Operation New Birmingham (ONB), asking them to provide me a list of all the residential loft developments they...

From the Publisher’s Desk

Have you heard Birmingham’s urban myth? It goes something like this: A little more than 40 years ago, Delta Air Lines officials considered making Birmingham a hub city from which they would coordinate...