Category Archives: Community

Honoring Healthy Action Transforming Sistas

SCL_FOUNDATION_NEW_LOGOLate this morning a crowd will gather in downtown Birmingham to honor some of the civil rights movement’s most unsung heroes – women – while welcoming prominent author, television host, and motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant to the city. Harry Belafonte, fresh off his honorary induction into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame last night, will also be in attendance at today’s Power Belle Hats Tea at the BJCC south ballroom.

Belafonte will be representing the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation (SCL) , a non-profit organization established in 1966 by Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to “promote and impact sustainable and healthy communities through development and implementation of wellness, and educational initiatives.”

He and Vanzant will hand out several awards at the $80 per person awards ceremony. The recipients of the nine Power Belle Legacy Awards and the Power Belle Lifetime Achievement Award range in age from 75 to 102 according to the media advisory sent out earlier this week. The eight recipients of the Power Belle Bold Hat Awards, were selected due to their “ following the tradition of courageous and gallant action that improves the lives of others.”

Considering this description of the event shared by the SCL, it’s a powerful honor indeed.

UAB’s The Edge of Chaos officially opens

Johnson at The Edge of Chaos. acnatta/bhamterminal.comThis evening folks from across the city gathered for the official opening of The Edge of Chaos, a new collaborative multidisciplinary space at UAB on Birmingham’s Southside.

It wasn’t the first event held in the space, located on the fourth floor of the university’s Lister Hill Library and under construction since late last year. Since its soft opening during the summer, it’s hosted the most recent edition of Ignite Birmingham in addition to one of three Design for Good initiativeinspired workshops held across the country by AIGA. They’ve also given an opportunity for interested companies, thought-leaders and academics a taste of how the space could function not only during construction last October, but online as October 22 approached via video.

The reception was an opportunity for Steven Johnson (pictured above, standing), whose book “Where Good Ideas Come From”  inspired the space, see what his words led to in advance of his Samuelson lecture tomorrow at UAB’s Alumni House. It starts at 12 p.m. at is open to the public.

This video courtesy of the RSA Animates series may help some understand where the space is coming from, though you may also want to consider following its progress via Twitter or its blog.

Coverage of the mayor’s prescription plan

ABC 33/40 recently posted new details about Mayor Langford’s proposed drug prescription plan, providing slightly more elaborate details than those first available when he announced it last week. The amount of money he’s requested each councilor contribute to the program has not changed from the $150,000 reported by Fox 6 on October 7. According to numbers in the newer piece, more than 53,000 people would be eligible for the program. It’s one that Birmingham city councilors think is a great idea, while still worried that the city is not in the right financial position to move forward with it. BTW, both stations have video associated with their stories.

Talk about a local hero

For those of us that don’t normally check CNN as much as we used to, thanks to Melanie for reminding us as we prepare to stand in long lines to watch one superhero’s return to the big screen that some of the best heroes in our community are right under our nose. Check out this video over on about Kid One Transport founder Russell Jackson, nominated to be one of their CNN Heroes (it was first posted on July 10).

Five citizens to be inducted into the Gallery today

Five citizens are being honored for their contributions to the history of the city of Birmingham by being named the latest additions to the city’s Gallery of Distinguished Citizens. The annual induction ceremony is being held at Vulcan Park this afternoon beginning at 12 p.m. and it’s open to the public.

Oscar Adams, Jr., Colonel Stone Johnson, Nina Miglionico, Steve Orel, & J. Richmond Pearson will be honored with bronze statues and a new interactive kiosk when their likenesses are place in City Hall. Check out the News’ coverage from earlier this week as well.

United Way launches new campaign, blog

Living United screenshot - United Way of Central Alabama (Birmingham)

Screenshot of Lving United blog for the United Way of Central Alabama.

For those of you that missed the launch of the United Way of Central Alabama‘s Live United campaign last week Thursday on top of the former Kress Building in downtown Birmingham, you can still keep up with their plans through their new blog, Living United.

This is the latest grassroots movement for emerging leaders to emerge here in Birmingham so check it out, find out how to get involved and let them know what you think.

Five Points West’s businesses are getting organized

The hopes and dreams for Birmingham’s western area have been front and center in recent months, including plans to revitalize the Five Points West commercial district with the proposed redevelopment of Fair Park and the opening of new businesses nearby (e.g., the city’s newest Applebee’s restaurant).

The Five Points West Business Association has been reactivated by city councilor Steven Hoyt to help unify the voice of the business community through the planned changes. Tonight he, Main Street Birmingham and Regions Bank are hosting their membership reception and organizational meeting at the BPL’s Five Points West branch beginning at 7 p.m. They’ll go over future plans for the area and ways that they can help themselves, including cooperative marketing. We look forward to seeing what happens next…