• DanceLogic Teaches Girls Dance and Computer Coding

    By Sequoia BlodgettBlack Enterprise 
    Participants in the DanceLogic program. (Facebook)
    DanceLogic, a unique S.T.E.A.M. program that combines dance and computer coding leading to the development of original choreography and performance, is continuing onto its second year. Girls ranging from the ages of 13 through 18 years participate in the program held at West Park Cultural Center in Philadelphia and learn the value of focus, dedication, and teamwork, as well as industry standard
  • Rep. Bass Elected New Chairperson of Congressional Black Caucus

    By Brandon I. Brooks, Managing Editor, Los Angeles SentinelBlackPressUSAIn 2008, Congresswoman Karen Bass made history after being elected as the first ever African American woman to become Speaker of any state legislature. Since then, Bass has continued to represent the 37th congressional district of California by being an active voice for criminal justice reform, fighting for America’s foster care system, and strengthening the United States ties with Africa. Now Bass will have the opport
  • Birmingham Business Alliance launching a talent recruitment initiative

    By Michael TomberlinAlabama NewscenterThe Birmingham Business Alliance has enjoyed great success bringing industry to the metro area. A new initiative aims to bring people to the area to fill the jobs of tomorrow.
    At the 2018 BBA Chairman’s Meeting at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at UAB, the metro area’s leading economic development organization unveiled a talent recruitment plan that officials said will be critical to growth.
    “Without quest
  • Woodfin, Bell, Arrington speak at Magic City Bar Association

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesThe Magic City Bar Association Scholarship Banquet where eight law school students were awarded scholarships  at the Harbert Center. (Frank Couch for The Birmingham Times)
    A wealth of political, institutional, and legal knowledge was on display during the recent Magic City Bar Association (MCBA) Annual Scholarship Banquet, where three of Birmingham’s African-American mayors reflected on the past and looked toward the future.
    Mayor Randall Woodfin (
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  • Former mayors on critical issues facing Birmingham

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesDuring the recent Magic City Bar Association (MCBA) Annual Scholarship Banquet three of Birmingham’s African-American mayors gathered to discuss the city they served. Mayor Randall Woodfin (elected in 2017) and former mayors Richard Arrington Jr. (1979–1999) and William Bell Sr. (2010–2017) served as panelists for the banquet, for which the theme was “Reflections on the Past, Vision for the Future.”
    The MCBA supports and encourag
  • Law students earn scholarships, prepare to help community

    By Ameera StewartThe Birmingham Times1 of 8 Scholarship recipient Sunny Shah. The Magic City Bar Association Scholarship Banquet where eight law school students were awarded scholarships. (Frank Couch for The Birmingham Times)Scholarship recipient Noelle Sillmon (left).The Magic City Bar Association Scholarship Banquet where eight law school students were awarded scholarships. (Frank Couch for The Birmingham Times)Scholarship recipient Robert Blakesleay.The Magic City Bar Association Scholarship
  • Nikkie Pittman: Mentor helps others beat the odds the way she did

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesNikkie Pittman was not supposed to make it. She was supposed to stay a statistic, but she believes God had other plans. The 38-year-old recently launched Women of Worth (WOW), a mentoring program that became a nonprofit organization on November 1.
    “Coming from a single-parent family, subsidized housing, being on food stamps, I was not supposed to make it,” Pittman said. “I just feel like this is really part of what I want to do, … [to]
  • Meet members of Sheriff-elect Mark Pettway’s transition team

    Times staff reportJefferson County Sheriff-Elect Mark Pettway on Monday announced his seven-person transition team made up of a diverse group of individuals with backgrounds in various entities.
    The team includes officials from the cities of Birmingham, Vestavia Hills,
    “Since my election, we have worked hard to put the right team in place that will make for a smooth transition into office, “Pettway said. “I am confident that the people we have chosen will offer valuable insight
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  • Birmingham, Brookings Institute announce partnership

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesThe City of Birmingham and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership to find ways to create quality jobs with access to benefits, wealth building and career building opportunities.
    The announcement was made at Sloss Furnaces and included Mayor Randall Woodfin; Amy Liu, Brookings vice president and director of its Metropolitan Policy Program, and Andre Perry, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings, a renowned nati
  • Dorothea Crosby elected new president of Birmingham NAACP

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    Dorothea Crosby has been elected president of the Metro Birmingham Branch of the NAACP, the organization announced Tuesday.
    The election which was conducted by the National Office of the NAACP was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Birmingham.
    “We are happy to have Dorothea serving as Metro Birmingham President and we know she will be an asset to the Birmingham and Jefferson County Communities,” said Benard Simelton, President Alabama State Conference of the NAAC
  • UAB Optometry School gives “Gift of Sight” this Christmas

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesPatients look at and try on the glasses provided by VSP. (Ameera Steward Photos, The Birmingham Times)
    With Christmas fast approaching, UAB’s School of Optometry wanted to give something special to the community. Last week, the school held its fifth annual UAB Eye Care Gift of Sight event at the Western Health Center in Midfield.
    “Everybody’s looking for ways to help, especially around the holidays, so this is a wonderful way that we can giv
  • UAB vs. Northern Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 18

    By Solomon CrenshawAlabama NewsCenterConference USA champion University of Alabama at Birmingham  will head to the Sunshine State for a Tuesday, Dec. 18, meeting with MAC champion Northern Illinois in the 2018 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium.
    The game kicks off at 6 p.m. CST and will be nationally televised on ESPN. The matchup is the only bowl game outside of the New Year’s Six to feature two conference champions against one other.
    This will be UAB’s third bowl game i
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  • Hilton Birmingham at UAB completes renovations, set to open early next year

    Special to The Times
    Hilton Birmingham at UAB, The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s flagship hotel on campus, has completed its multi-million dollar renovation, officially converting from a DoubleTree by Hilton property to a Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel.
    The grand opening is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham was purchased by the UAB Education Foundation in November of 2016. The hotel’s renovations began in March 2018, with a comp
  • Mayor Randall Woodfin assesses his first year in office

    By Randall WoodfinEveryone remembers their freshman year, right?
    The excitement as you enter a new environment; the eagerness to tackle new challenges head-on; and yes, the anxiety that comes from confronting unforeseen obstacles that truly test your mettle.
    I consider the past 12 months the maturation of my administration. And as I reflect back over the past year, our city has a lot to be proud of.
    When I was on the campaign trail, walking our streets, knocking on doors, shaking thousands of ha
  • ‘Make sacrifices to make the other happy’

    By Anita DebroSpecial to the Birmingham Times“You Had Me at Hello’’ highlights married couples and the love that binds them. If you would like to be considered for a future “Hello’’ column, or know someone who would, please send nominations to Erica Wright at ewright@birminghamtimes.com. Include the couple’s name, contact number(s) and what makes their love story unique.TEREIKA AND ORLANDO WEEKS
    Live: Montevallo
    Married: July 6, 2002
    Met:It was December
  • ‘A Chronicle of Racism in America’ talk tonight at the Lyric Theatre

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times“A Conversation with Jeffery Robinson, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” tonight, Wednesday Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham.
    The Birmingham Bar Foundation (BBF) is hosting the event.
    Robinson is a Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the National American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Trone Center for Justice and Equality.
    ‘Who We Are’ is a project by Robinson that teaches about the history of racism
  • Lawyer: Emantic Bradford Jr. shot 3 times in back

    Times staff reportA forensic pathologist hired by the family found that Emantic Fitzgerald “E.J.” Bradford Jr. was struck three times in the back side of his body, including one gunshot that entered the rear of his skull, said a lawyer hired by the family.
    Attorney Ben Crump said on Monday nothing justifies the officer’s shooting of “E.J. as he was running away from him.”
    Crump, speaking at the family’s small church in north Birmingham, said any of the three s
  • Lawyer: Emantic Bradford Jr. shot 3 times in back of body

    Times staff reportA forensic pathologist hired by the family found that Emantic Fitzgerald “E.J.” Bradford Jr. was struck three times in the back side of his body, including one gunshot that entered the rear of his skull, said a lawyer hired by the family on Monday.
    Attorney Ben Crump said nothing justifies the officer’s shooting of “E.J. as he was running away from him.”
    Crump, speaking at the family’s small church in north Birmingham, said any of the three s
  • Giles Perkins, Birmingham lawyer, dies at 51

    Times staff reportGiles Perkins, a Birmingham lawyer who left a legacy in the city that stretched from the Birmingham Zoo to Railroad Park, died Sunday. He was 51.
    Mr. Perkins was a partner at the Adams and Reese law firm.The firm today released the following In Memoriam for Mr. Perkins who was born on January 26, 1967.“Giles had a powerful influence on everyone who knew him. His love of life, family and Birmingham will live on forever through his accomplishments and in our hearts. We will
  • Rematch likely after Deontay Wilder fights Tyson Fury to a split draw

    By Greg BeachamAssociated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyson Fury dominated long stretches of his heavyweight title bout against Deontay Wilder with shifty technique and graceful defense.
    He still ended up flat on the canvas in the 12th round, his eyes rolling backward while Wilder celebrated above him.
    Fury somehow gathered his wits, rose and made it to the final bell. That’s when both hulking men heard a verdict that didn’t satisfy them, but nearly guaranteed a rematch of this exc
  • Friends, family, dignitaries bid solemn farewell to Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.

    By Ameera Steward
    The Birmingham TimesFriends, family, activists, elected officials and dignitaries gathered Saturday at the Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham to bid a solemn farewell to Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. who was shot and killed on Thanksgiving by a Hoover police officer at the Galleria Mall.
    Those in attendance on a rainy and overcast day included the Rev. Jessie Jackson, activist Carlos Chaverst Jr., Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales and friends of Emantic Br
  • Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

    By MICHAEL GRACZYKHOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.Bush, who also presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the final months of the Cold War, died late Friday night at his Houston home, said family spokesman Jim McGrath. His wife of more than 70 years, Barb
  • Sheila Tyson to Galleria Mall protesters: organize; remain peaceful

    Times Staff ReportJefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson said comments about her calling for a boycott at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover were incorrect.
    Tyson said several media outlets – including The Birmingham Times – incorrectly reported the context of her comments when she spoke during a prayer vigil Tuesday night for 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald “E.J.” Bradford Jr., who was shot and killed by Hoover Police on Thanksgiving night.
    The Times reported that Tyso
  • Shelia Tyson to Galleria Mall protesters; Organize; remain peaceful

    Times Staff ReportJefferson County Commissioner Shelia Tyson (at podium) speaks during prayer vigil for 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald “E.J.” Bradford Jr., who was shot and killed by Hoover Police. (Ameer Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)
    Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Tyson said comments about her calling for a boycott at the Riverchase Galleria were taken out of context.
    Tyson said several media outlets – including the Birmingham Times – did not quote her in co
  • Donald Watkins Sr., son indicted in investment fraud scheme

    Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama attorney and his son are accused of defrauding investors and a bank out of millions of dollars.
    An indictment was handed down Thursday against Donald V. Watkins Sr., 70, of Atlanta, and Donald V. Watkins Jr., 46, of Birmingham, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Jay Town. Each faces multiple counts of wire and bank fraud and one count of conspiracy.
    The indictment alleges that from 2007 until 2014, the pair induced investors to
  • US Marshals: Riverchase Galleria shooting suspect in custody

    By Jeff Wyatt and James FranklinABC 33/40A suspect in the Thanksgiving night Galleria Mall shooting has been arrested by US Marshals near Atlanta.
    20-year-old Erron Brown surrendered peacefully to US Marshals Thursday morning at a relative’s house in south Fulton County, Georgia. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail where he will be processed before extradition procedures begin to have him returned to Alabama. Brown faces a charge of attempted murder, and more charges are expected.
    The m
  • Walter Body: Retiring after 42 years at Coca-Cola UNITED

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesWalter Body, 62, has spent more than half of his life as a Coca-Cola employee. He worked his way up from a summer helper on the delivery truck to sales center manager for the Birmingham home Market Department to his current position, director of multicultural marketing and consumers. (Reginald Allen Photos, For The Birmingham Times)
    More than four decades ago, Walter Body stepped into Birmingham-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED as a teenage boy in need of a
  • Parents of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. speak during emotional vigil

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesDuring prayer vigil, noted civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump Jr. (at podium) with area leaders and family members of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald “E.J.” Bradford Jr. who was killed Thanksgiving night by a Hoover police officer inside the Riverchase Galleria. (Erica Wright Photo, For The Birmingham Times)
    There wasn’t a dry eye inside Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Tuesday when the parents of slain 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald &ldq
  • Mayor Woodfin on his first year in office; and his plans for year two

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesMayor Randall Woodfin has officially been in office for 365 days as the mayor of Birmingham and said in an interview that he has managed to accomplish many of his goals.
    Those include reinstituting cost of living adjustments and longevity pay for city employees, hiring a new police chief, launching the Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity, which includes the first ever LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) liaison in the state and creating
  • Hip hop collective Lobotomix celebrates 9 years

    By Reginald AllenSpecial to The Times1 of 4 G. I Magus performs at the recent Ni9E Years of Hip Hop Hip Hop Celebration at Saturn in Birmingham. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times)Kennie BLK performs at the Ni9E Years of Hip Hop Celebration at Saturn in Birmingham. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times)Basshead Jazz performs at the Ni9E Years of Hip Hop Celebration at Saturn in Birmingham. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times)Kennie BLK performs at the Ni9E Years of Hip Hop Celeb
  • City Council Approves $200K over next five years for Firehouse Ministries

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesAfter a divisive and chaotic meeting last month over funding for the Firehouse Ministries, the Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to award the organization $200,000 over the next five years.
    The council voted 6-0-1 to support the funding with Councilor Wardine Alexander abstaining. The council still has two vacancies to fill.
    The money will go toward building a new facility at 66 2nd Avenue North which is a few blocks away from the current location at 1501 3
  • Carraway redevelopment could bring new life to northern Birmingham

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 11 The iconic star is shown at the former Carraway Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Corporate Realty is planning to demolish most of the buildings on the campus and build a mixed-use development with residential, retail, office, hotel and entertainment components. (Photo by Mark Almond)The iconic star is shown at the former Carraway Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Corporate Realty is planning to demolish most
  • Carraway Hospital — and the iconic blue star — through the years

    Times Staff Report1 of 8 Dr. Charles Carraway Throughout its history, Carraway Hospital remained a leader in medical care and at one time had the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Birmingham. (Abandoned Southeast Photography Blog)Throughout its history, Carraway Hospital remained a leader in medical care and at one time had the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Birmingham. (Abandoned Southeast Photography Blog)Throughout its history, Carraway Hospital remained a leader in medical care and at one time ha
  • Carolina Panther’s Mario Addison gives back to HABD residents

    By Joseph D. BryantHousing Authority of the Birmingham District
    The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District again partnered with Birmingham native and Carolina Panther Mario Addison to provide hearty Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of families living in public housing.
    Activities took place Nov. 20, at North Birmingham Homes and at Southtown Court.  It was homecoming of sorts for Addison, a native of North Birmingham Homes.
    This is the second year that HABD teamed with Addison, a defe
  • Birmingham residents have say on plans for Carraway

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham Times1 of 8 Druid Hills Neighborhood Association President, Amie Evans. (Ameera Steward, The Birmingham Times) Norwood resident James Clark said he feels like he “won the lottery” with the planned redevelopment of the vacanrt Carraway site. (Ameera Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)The iconic star is shown at the former Carraway Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Corporate Realty is planning to demolish most of the buildings on th
  • Birmingham businessman Robert Earl Kelly to deliver commencement at Jackson State

    Times staff reportRobert Earl Kelly, who established Kelly Road Builders in Birmingham, has been asked to give the address Dec. 7 at Jackson State University’s Commencement Exercises.
    JSU will hold its combined graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony for the fall semester in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center in Jackson, Miss.
    In 1999, Kelly started Kelly Road Builders, which helped fill a niche in the road building industry. Now considered one of the largest road m
  • ‘Singing is one of my greatest loves, and I still sing to her’

    By Je’Don Holloway-TalleySpecial to the Birmingham Times“You Had Me at Hello’’ highlights married couples and the love that binds them. If you would like to be considered for a future “Hello’’ column, or know someone, please send nominations to Erica Wright ewright@birminghamtimes.com Include the couple’s name, contact number(s) and what makes their love story unique.
     ANGELINE AND LARRY WOODRUFF
    Live: Huffman
    Married: March 2, 1984
    Met: Larry
  • Prayer vigil held in Birmingham for 21-year-old Emantic ‘E.J.’ Bradford Jr.

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesFrom left: Benard Simelton, NAACP Alabama Conference President; Regional NAACP field director Kevin Myles; Father John Chalmer, administrator, Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Rev Arthur Price Jr., pastor, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (at podium); Hugh Morris, Religious Affairs Chair at Alabama State Conference NAACP. (Ameera Steward Photo, The Birmingham Times)
    Area pastors, community leaders, activists and citizens gathered Tuesday night at Sixteenth Street Ba
  • Rep. Terri Sewell joins chorus calling for justice in shooting death of Emantic Bradford, Jr.

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesTerri Sewell
    Alabama State Rep. Terri A. Sewell is among the latest to release a statement condemning the shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr. by a Hoover police officer Thanksgiving night at the Riverchase Galleria.
    “Today I join with the community in calling for justice for E.J. and the other victims. The senseless tragedy that led to the death of Emantic ‘E.J.’ Bradford, Jr. must be thoroughly investigated and all the facts br
  • Alabama NAACP strongly condemns Hoover police shooting of 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr.

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesAfter the shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. by a Hoover police officer at the Galleria Mall outside Birmingham on Thanksgiving, the Alabama NAACP has released a statement condemning the act.
    “Police officers must know the facts involved before pulling their weapons. Police officers must stop being trigger happy when it comes to our children,” said in the statement signed by Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State
  • Family of man killed by officer in Alabama mall shooting hires civil rights attorney

    By Emma SimmonsWBMA/ABC 33/40HOOVER, Ala. (WBMA) – The family of a man who was fatally shot by a police officer at mall in Hoover, Alabama has retained a national civil rights attorney, a press release confirms.
    Family members have hired Benjamin Crump to represent them in 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr.’s Thanksgiving night shooting death. Crump represented Trayvon Martin’s family in the 2012 to 2013 George Zimmerman case.
    The Hueytown man was fatall
  • Alabama mall shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

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    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama on Saturday were searching for a gunman whom they believe was responsible for shooting two teenagers at a shopping mall on Thanksgiving night.
    The incident began with a fight and shooting in suburban Birmingham at the Riverchase Galleria, a mall crowded with Black Friday bargain hunters. An 18-year-old was shot twice and a 12-year-old bystander was shot in the back.
    An officer responding to the scene then shot and kille
  • Google Announces Commitment to help Black Businesses Grow Through Tech

    By Jeffrey McKinneyBlack Enterprise(iStock.com/courtneyk)
    In a landmark partnership, the National Business League and search giant Google are teaming up to increase the growth of black businesses globally.
    The organizations are uniting to offer a vast array of strategic initiatives to black and minority-owned businesses, including online training programs, business coaching, workshops, and access to Google’s cloud-based solutions and tools, Ken Harris, NBL’s president and C
  • Surging Interest In Black History Gives A Lift To Museums, Tourism

    By Martha T. MooreBlack VoicesBlack history museums and historic sites are flourishing across the South, riding a wave of interest in African-American history that has made a stunning success of the two-year-old National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital.
    In the past year, museums documenting the civil rights struggle and memorializing lynching victims have opened in Jackson, Mississippi, and Montgomery, Alabama. In Nashville, a museum focusing on Afri
  • Remembering Rodreckus Johnson: His mom, Carolyn, on losing a child

    By Ameera StewardThe Birmingham TimesThanksgiving marks 15 years since Rodreckus Johnson was shot to death in a Birmingham neighborhood. Rodreckus was a 20-year-old son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and father of a son. On Nov. 22, 2003 he was killed as he parked his car to go to a party. There was a group of guys who had been in an altercation earlier that night and as Rodreckus was parking gunshots rang out from the group.
    A stray bullet pierced his windshield and killed him instantly. Hi
  • UAB’s Paulette Patterson Dilworth: helping students pursue hopes and dream

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesDr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, discusses the functions of her office in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (Photo by Mark Almond)
    Paulette Patterson Dilworth, PhD, is the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)—and she is no stranger to issues involving equity and Civil Rights.
    “I came of age during the
  • Keystone Fellows: UAB’s Next Generation of Engaged Scholars

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham TimesLast year, the Keystone Fellows program was launched by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) to identify scholars interested in solving problems related to diversity, with an emphasis on higher education or local communities.
    “We meet with [students] one-on-one and … focus specifically on work-life balance, addressing any concerns and questions about navigating in their [respective] fields
  • Inside UAB’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    By Erica WrightThe Birmingham Times1 of 8 The UAB Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion logo is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.(Photo by Mark Almond)UAB student Bria Morgan, who works as a marketing intern inthe UAB Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.(Photo by Mark Almond)A certificate presented by Insight Magazine to the UAB Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday,
  • ‘Critical Conversations’ series tackles diversity and social justice

    By Je’Don Holloway TalleyFor the Birmingham Times1 of 9 The Reverend Charles Perry speaks during Charity and Social Justice panel at UAB. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times) Iron City Church Pastor Kameron Pugh speaks during Charity and Social Justice panel at UAB. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times) Debra Blaylock of Faith Chapel Christian Church speaks during Charity and Social Justice panel discussion at UAB. (Reginald Allen, For The Birmingham Times) From left: The Rev. C
  • Wormsby: Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful

    By Hollis Wormsby2018 has been a difficult for many people.  The struggles to find a way to maintain a job, to manage family, to navigate an increasingly hostile world, at times seems to be insurmountable.  The country is more divided than ever, and even in the black community we see divisions between young and old, rich and poor, liberal and moderate.  It seems like for most of my life when we faced these challenges a leader would emerge who could bridge the gaps and find some co

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