MLK Jr. Day of Service in Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Kelly Ingram Park

For 16 years, the citizens of Birmingham have been celebrating MLK Jr. Day by spending the day volunteering – “giving back” – to their community.

Hands on Birmingham is organizing events throughout the community.

Visit their website today and make MLK Jr. Day a day of service and “building up” our great community.

Would you cycle at night in Bham?

Riders on the Redemptive Cycles Trample Ride roll down 1st AVE S, along the new Rotary Trail.

You anxiously check your phone.  It’s 4:45 PM.  You’re feeling the pressure of how you’ll get your ride in before it gets dark.  This is the time of year when the sun sets early and occasional frigid temps can threaten the cycling routine you worked so hard to keep the previous months.  Some retreat indoors and some hit the darkness, head-on.
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Innovation & Growth – Mayor Bell’s ‘State of the City’ Address

Yesterday, Mayor William Bell delivered his “State of the City” address, spoke to The Women’s Network, then visited the Pratt City Library to speak to the public – highlighting the growth of Birmingham from many different aspects.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell delivers his “State of the City” address to residents at the Pratt City library. (Ariel Worthy, The Birmingham Times)
Mayor Bell addressing citizens at Pratt City Library – Photo by Ariel Worthy, The Birmingham Times

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Birmingham Neighborhood Officers Sworn In for 2017-2018 Term

 

Thursday evening, newly elected Birmingham neighborhood officers gathered at Boutwell Auditorium for an installation ceremony. Representatives of Birmingham’s ninety-nine neighborhoods listened as Mayor William Bell, city council president Johnathan Austin and councilor Valerie Abbott congratulated and thanked them for their service to the city.

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Bham Now Special – Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments (photo gallery/links)

Special card supporting Birmingham Civil Rights National Park given to Mayor Bell and Secretary Jewell. Yesterday, President Obama established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Yesterday, President Obama, through a proclamation under the Antiquities Act, established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments.

A historic day for Alabama. 

Bham Now has compiled a list of links from television, radio and newspaper stories that have been published online in the past 12 hours.  With the help of photographer Larry Gay, we’ve also created a special photo gallery.

First – the photo gallery.

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Bham Now special: Inspirational video of Hank Thomas, the last surviving Freedom Rider from the 1961 Greyhound bus burning

Hank Thomas, last surviving Freedom Rider from the Greyhound bus burning near Anniston, Alabama that occurred on Mother’s Day 1961. He spoke to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and a crowd of Freedom Rider National Monument supporters in October at the site of the bus burning.

Thanks to President Obama’s proclamation yesterday, Freedom Riders National Monument and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument are now a reality.

BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments 

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BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments

Birmingham Civil Rights & Freedom Riders National Monuments Established By President Obama

From the front page of  Freedomriderspark.org

As one of the last acts of his presidency, President Obama today proclaimed two places in Alabama as National Monuments, establishing the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Anniston Freedom Riders National Monument.

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