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Today many in the nation will take a moment to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during unity breakfasts, prayer meetings and television montages that will no doubt have people in Birmingham believing that the only thing people think of when they hear the name of their city is fire hoses and dogs. Commissioner Langford, a likely candidate for mayor in this fall’s election will speak at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church here in the city this afternoon. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at the base of the above statue of the fallen civil rights leader later this morning with other political and social leaders taking part. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will be open to the public for free, leading to an influx of cars from across the country coming to see the exhibits and the history of this facility.
An early morning walk through the downtown area showed many treating it as they would any other Monday morning. There are considerably less cars downtown today as many have the day off. This afternoon several hundred people will culminate a weekend of service to the community throughout the greater metropolitan area. There are those that will push the issue of whether or not a city celebrates the holiday. The Birmingham News provides this list in today’s paper. The issue of taking the day off just to have the day off or spending the day working is one that will be raised for some time to come. How do you honor a man who led one of the most important fights in the history of civil rights in this country?
I say one of them because there is still progress to be made in race relations in this country on all levels. Homelessness and poverty still rear its ugly head at levels much greater than we need or want. Gay and lesbian rights are still a long way from being dealt with openly and candidly. So what do we do?
As mentioned last year, I’m still not sure why we choose to focus on these issues and challenges at only one time of year on such a national level. I’m hoping that some people choose to voice their thoughts today as that would be as great a tribute to Dr. King as it would be to roll up your sleeves and do something about it without feeling the need to resort to violent tactics.
The irony of the focus of many of the local activities here in Birmingham, Alabama is the significance of the person that Kelly Ingram Park is named for:
It’s named for the first American sailor killed in “the war to end all wars.” For both Ingram and those that sacrificed for my ability to write these words today, we must really ask ourselves what must we be willing to do to finally achieve victory over these issues.
Let’s hear ‘em.
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Yesterday Mayor Bernard Kincaid gave his annual State of the City address during a meeting of the downtown Kiwanis Club in Birmingham, Alabama’s city center.
Here’s the link to the speech, complete with additional information and graphs:
Here’s the story about the mayor’s speech that was published in this morning’s Birmingham News:
Kincaid stresses BJCC expansion, The Birmingham News, 1.10.2007
One question today:
What do you think?
I know a lot of you have opinions, here’s a great opportunity to share them.
Enjoy the day.
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, AL, Cities, Commentary, Ensley, News Media (as source & subject), Nick Saban, radio, Rick and Bubba, The Radio Carousel, U.S. Steel
You never know what’s going to happen in your world on a given day. This morning several things have occured that will no doubt continue to feed my belief that 2007 will be an incredibly interesting year.
The Crimson Tide get their man
The biggest flip flop of the day award goes to Nick Saban, who according to reports posted on ESPN.com, will be accepting the coaching position at the University of Alabama after spending much of the last month denying interest.
After repeated denials, Saban takes Bama job, ESPN.com, 1.3.2007
Many will say that Saban is returning for the money; the contract is rumored to be in the neighborhood of $35 – $40 million over 8-10 years. I would argue that he’s probably returning for the love of the college game more. For all of the media hype and focus on the games and the millions of dollars spent on the programs, there is still a draw of teaching individuals skills and methods that will always be more of a pull than anything else possible. The extra money doesn’t hurt though.
The Radio Carousel: The “inventor of pizza in a cup” and partner go country
Rick and Bubba morning show moves to WZZK, The Birmingham News, 1.3.2007
The station switch is the latest in what can only be described as a carousel of periodic moves among the major players in the business here in Birmingham, Alabama. It is unique in this case since Y94.5 had basically retooled their format in the last year to center around the nationally syndicated show, calling itself “The Rick and Bubba Station.” The jump appears to have caused little if no setbacks for Citadel while it determines what to do about the station format. Rick and Bubba’s press release (in PDF format) referred to the main issue that links all of these changes together, all the way back to the first “shot” fired; money. There were no hard feelings from the hosts towards the station, only a desire to do right by their employees and their families by providing more.
The idea that all of these changes are tied to the likes and dislikes of listeners is only partially true. The listeners must still be able to provide revenue generating opportunities for the station.
The Junction may jump yet again, and sooner than some thought
Some of the biggest news from yesterday was the promise from U.S. Steel that they would develop an industrial park on the old Ensley Works site as part of a deal that allows for the de-annexation of property from city limits on the city’s east side.
U.S. Steel partners with city, The Birmingham News, 1.3.2007
The Ensley area has recently warranted a great deal of interest from several parties and several business owners are willing to be pioneers out in the area. Hopefully in the next week we’ll be able to take a look at some of those businesses. The infusion of potential customers on either side of the commercial area only strengthens the resolve of those already investing and encourages other to take that leap with them. As we’ve recently suggested, people will have to be patient with this development, knowing that the long term benefits will be incredible.
We’ll have more later this evening. Enjoy the day.