5 reasons why Birmingham needs to know Brian Voice Porter Hawkins

Brian Voice Porter Hawkins at Starbucks
Brian Voice Porter Hawkins at the Starbucks Community Center in 5 Points West. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

In 2004, Brian Voice Porter Hawkins came back to Birmingham (he spent part of his growing up years in Ensley, then left for a while) and has been making a difference here ever since. From community development to art, poetry and gardening, he’s a man on a mission.

One recent foggy morning, I drove for the first time on some of the (very high / amazing / slightly terrifying) new 59/20 bridges over to 5 Points West where we met up for a coffee and a lovely chat. Here’s what I learned.

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