Huff Post “Listen to America” road trip arrives in Birmingham today

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama
LITTLE ROCK, AR – SEPTEMBER 13: The HuffPost bus sits in front of the Arkansas State Capitol during a visit to Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 13, 2017, as part of “Listen To America: A HuffPost Road Trip.” The outlet will visit more than 20 cities on its tour across the country. (Photo by Damon Dahlen/HuffPost)

The Huff Post, one of the largest digital news organizations in the nation, is visiting Birmingham today and tomorrow for its Listen to America Road Trip.  The Magic City is the 5th community slated for a stopover on 25 city cross country tour.

Their first event is tonight at the 16th Street Baptist Church starting at 6:00.

Here are the details:

“Overcoming and Surviving Inner-City Violence”

HuffPost, in partnership with WBRC, presents a conversation with community leaders about continuing violence in Birmingham, and what’s working to combat it. The event will begin at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) and is free and open to the public. It is part of HuffPost’s “Listen to America” bus tour—a 25-city tour devoted to listening to the concerns of people across the country.

WBRC Anchor Sarah Verser will be moderating the panel. Doors will be opening at 5:30 PM.

Alabama
MEMPHIS, TN – SEPTEMBER 18: Wendi C. Thomas speaks to panelists Alex Matlock, Floyd Tyler, Jozelle Booker and Carolyn Hardy during the “Economic Justice in the City (Revisited)” event at Clayborn Temple in Memphis on Sept. 18, 2017. HuffPost is visiting the city as part of “Listen To America: A HuffPost Road Trip.” The outlet will visit more than 20 cities on its tour across the country. (Photo by Damon Dahlen/HuffPost) *** Local Caption ***

 

Second Event at Railroad Park

The second event is tomorrow, September 20th, 3:00-7:00 at Railroad Park.

Here is how the Listening Session will by conducted (from the Huff Post Facebook public invitation):

“Come visit the Huff Post bus at Railroad Park.

Stop by, tell a HuffPost producer what’s on your mind, and pick up some swag. We look forward to seeing you!

We want to know: What does it mean to be American today? To find out, we’re hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears and definition of “being American.” By converting a tour bus into a mobile video studio, we’ll capture conversations with people of all ages and backgrounds. Our goal: moving, multimedia storytelling that showcases what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us.”

This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams.

 

 

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.