LaMonte’s speech still talk of metro Birmingham

02.1.2010 by André Natta · → 1 Comment

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An evening view of Birmingham's west side from VulcanOne of the highlights of this year’s MLK Unity Breakfast was the speech given by Ed LaMonte, a former Howell Heflin Professor of Political Science at Birmingham-Southern College. The former interim superintendent of schools for the City of Birmingham took the opportunity to discuss the severe divisions that still exist in Birmingham and its metropolitan area during his remarks (made one day before the special election to select the city’s new mayor).

Reaction to the speech has been mixed, with some believing that it was appropriate while others wondered if it was the right time, place or if it was even necessary.

Current interim Birmingham City Schools superintendent Barbara Allen was one of the people who felt that she had to say something about the comments made.

It only seems to make sense that both voices be looked at and for you to decide. LaMonte’s comments have been posted to our editorial section while this link to AL.com will take you to Allen’s comments published in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) paper.

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Dystopos
Dystopos

Clearly Lamonte's motive was not to degrade the employees of the school system, but to plead for the region's public to address the quality of public education as an issue of justice and fairness. His point was not that the school system is failing the students, but that the metropolitan area's voters and politicians are failing the system.