Category Archives: Community

A reason to bundle up today

It may be too late to put one on this morning, but we thought you’d be interested in knowing what some folks across the world are doing today to honor Fred Rogers on what would have been his 80th birthday. It comes from a place that many consider one of our sister cities:

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The Women Gather: An Evening of Poetry and Music, BCRI

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will pay tribute to women of strength, courage and excellence with “The Women Gather: An Evening of Poetry and Music” Thursday in the Rev. Abraham L. Woods Jr. Community Meeting Room.

The event, hosted by BCRI’s Vice President of Institutional Programs Priscilla Hancock Cooper, will feature Shirley Ferrill, Willandra Mahand, Sonovia Muhammad, Thelma Scott Nance, Laura Secord, La’Quita Singleton, LaShanna Price Tripp, Evelyn Dilworth-Williams and Asha Binta Xulu.

This is the first of two Women’s History Month presentations. The next one, “The Inequality of Equality: The Struggle of Women in Mass Movement,” is March 20 at the same time. The BCRI is located downtown at 520 16th St. North.

Cost: Free

Random Shots: That’s a big box to fill up

The view looking at the IN sign

We figured you’d enjoy these images from this afternoon’s installation of the first of several large “IN” Birmingham ballot boxes across metro Birmingham.

NOTE: There are more images from the installation available for viewing – just click on the image to see them.

We’ve talked about this project late last month when it was officially announced. This one is located in front of the Belk at Brookwood Village. Based on what we learned today, you’ll have several chances to make sure your suggestions are heard.

There will be about 50 (much smaller) boxes located throughout the area (and a few more big ones), allowing participants to share their favorite “in” spot. The collected results will be used to create a guide that will be distributed to visitors to the city and its surrounding area.

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Friday, it’s the women’s turn

10 in 30 women only logoThe mayor’s office has already announced the next 10/30 Summit dealing with crime in the city of Birmingham. This time it will be a women’s only crowd at Fair Park Arena on Leap Year Day, February 29, beginning at 6 p.m.

Mayor Langford has issued his call to African-American women in the City of Birmingham on the city’s website (it’s currently item #3 in the newsroom loop on the front of the site), saying that “the women of this city have a fearless determination and we need their help and support to change our community.”

Let’s look at the people, they are the city

It’s Nice to Have you in Birmingham signSo what does this classic Birmingham, AL sign have to do with The Terminal? Everything…

I teased in this week’s newsletter about the beginning of a new series over on my Birmingham that focuses on this classic sign and the words written over the doors of the Birmingham City Council chambers – The People are The City.

Click here to read my reasons for introducing this unique way to spotlight individuals in The Magic City.

Birmingham Urban League celebrates 40 years

Birmingham Urban LeagueThe Birmingham Urban League will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this Friday at the Harbert Center. Both the Urban League and the Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals (BULYP) advance their missions through the delivery of programs that empower area racial and ethnic groups.

Both groups focus specifically on education, housing, workforce development and youth services. They are working together to close gaps by addressing the problems that racial and ethnic groups face in the areas of education, economics, health, civic engagements and civil rights.

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Birmingham Urban League’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, The Harbert Center

The Birmingham Urban League is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exciting event called Journey Through the Decades. The evening will feature Top 40 music from past the four decades from party band Total Assets and special dance performances from local performers. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

The evening will kick off with an awards ceremony honoring various corporate, nonprofit, faith based, government and municipal organizations that have made an impact on the community and helped the Urban League further its mission of assisting all racial and ethnic groups, in achieving social and economic equality.

Cost: $80 (they are offering a $40 discounted ticket for young professionals – if they use the code “YP”.)

The Harbert Center
2019 4th Avenue North (directions)

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