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I’m currently in Washington, DC for the week taking part in training related to my job. It’s fairly intensive but a lot of fun. There’s also the fact that the Northerner in me is still trying to adjust to the cold weather. While some of you may laugh, when you’re walking around in freezing rain and snow, it’s a big difference (and a little relaxing).
As the tests end, and I take breaks from studying, we’ll make sure that we at least try to keep up with things. I figured it would be silly to not remind everyone of tonight’s Red Mountain Park meeting at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s auditorium. I believe the fun starts around 6 p.m. and it will include the revealing of the final draft master plan for the regional park. I’m interested in seeing just what the plan contains when I get back, and I have a weird feeling that many people in town may be interested enough to venture out tonight.
N.B. The best part of doing these posts this week is the fact that I can finally demonstrate the fun part of doing this. As this posts, I’ll be sitting in a class taking notes tax credits in class, having written this before venturing out to Union Station, 3-4 hours before. Yeah, I’ve given away one of the “secrets” but I think it helps some folks realize just how this thing works.
Enjoy the day,
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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: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Christmas tree, holiday tree, Linn Park, Photographs, Random shots, urban parks
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the flyer about the events of the day at Linn and Kelly Ingram Parks.
One sure sign of the holiday season coming upon us is the appearance of the numerous Christmas/holiday trees up throughout the community. This is a view of the holiday tree located in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham after crews had
completed started setting up for its official lighting. The annual downtown Christmas parade will take place beginning at 5:15 p.m., with the tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6:15 p.m. Rather than rehash what the Birmingham Weekly wrote about the event, click here, scroll down and see what to expect this evening.
We’ll see what we can do about showing some of the other trees around central Alabama over the next few weeks.
Enjoy the day.