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City Councilor Miriam Witherspoon dies

witherspoon-91City flags fly at half-staff today as we learn that Miriam Witherspoon, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore, passed away last night. The first-term representative for Birmingham’s District 7 was 48. According to BhamWeekly’s Twitter profile, Birmingham City Council President Carole Smitherman confirmed the news in City Council chambers earlier this morning. 

The Birmingham News‘ breaking news blog has more details, with the city website’s bio and BhamWiki entry providing a glimpse of what she was able to accomplish.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Odetta dies

Odetta - gee hue/Flickr

Photo: Odetta. gee hue/Flickr

The Voice of the Civil Rights Era, Odetta Gordonwill not get the chance to perform at President-elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration as she and others had hoped. The Birmingham, AL born singer/songwriter passed away last night at the age of 77, a result of heart disease according to her agent and numerous reports, including this one at nytimes.com (subscription may be required). They also have an extended Last Word interview with the folk music icon currently available on their website.

RIP – Rev. Abraham Woods

Birmingham is mourning the loss of a local civil rights legend as ABC 33/40 is reporting that the Rev. Abraham Woods died a short while ago at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. He was 80 years old.

Cousin Cliff is gone

Mike Royer made the announcement at the beginning of last night’s 10 p.m. news broadcast on NBC 13 with The Birmingham News and edits to his BhamWiki entry following suit as the news began to spread across The Magic City – James Clifton “Cousin Cliff” Holman, Jr passed away early yesterday evening in Albertville, AL. Check out the BhamWiki entry or the special report filed by News reporter Bob Carlton in July to share your memories. You’ll also want to visit Birmingham Rewound for more history (and images) of a true legend.