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A Taste of Birmingham, Alabama

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT BIRMINGHAM?

  1. Birmingham is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Jefferson County. It also includes part of Shelby County. The population of the city was 230,650 according to the 2009 estimate.

  2. In the 1950s and 1960s Birmingham received national and international attention as a center of the civil rights struggle for African-Americans.

  3. Locally the movement's activists were led by Fred Shuttlesworth, a fiery preacher who became legendary for his fearlessness in the face of violence, notably a string of racially motivated bombings that earned Birmingham the derisive nickname "Bombingham".

  4. While imprisoned for having taken part in a nonviolent protest, Dr. King wrote the now famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, a defining treatise in his cause against segregation.

  5. Birmingham is also known for a bombing which occurred later that year, in which four black girls were killed by a bomb planted at the 16th Street Baptist Church.

  6. Various projects helped the city's economy to diversify, but did not prevent the exodus of many of the city's residents to independent suburbs. In 1979 Birmingham elected Dr. Richard Arrington Jr. as its first African-American mayor.

  7. The historic Carver Theatre, home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, offers concerts, plays, jazz classes (free to any resident of the state of Alabama) and many other events in the Historic 4th Avenue District, near the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

  8. The Southern Heritage Festival began in the 1960s as a music, arts, and entertainment festival for the African-American community to attract mostly younger demographics. Do Dah Day is an annual pet parade held around the end of May.

  9. Birmingham has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall.



Radio Stations
WVSU 91.1 FM Birmingham, AL Smooth Jazz
WDJC 93.7 FM Birmingham, AL Christian Contemporary
WJOX 94.5 FM Birmingham, AL Sports
WBHJ 95.7 FM Midfield, AL Hip Hop
W241AI (WERC) 96.1 FM Gorgas, AL News/Talk
WBHK 98.7 FM Warrior, AL Urban Contemporary
W270BW (WENN) 101.9 FM Urban Contemporary
W270BW (WENN) (CP) 102.1 FM Urban Contemporary
WQEN 103.7 FM Trussville, AL Top-40
W281AB (WJLD) 104.1 FM Urban Contemporary
W286BK (WERC) 105.1 FM Birmingham, AL News/Talk
WERC 105.5 FM Hoover, AL News/Talk
WUHT 107.7 FM Birmingham, AL Urban Contemporary
WAGG 610 AM Birmingham, AL Gospel Music
WJOX 690 AM Birmingham, AL Sports
WURL 760 AM Moody, AL Gospel Music

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Demographics of Birmingham, Alabama

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

24.07%

73.46%

0.17%

0.80%

1.55%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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"The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2013"

- The only book that looks at life in Birmingham, post- Civil Rights Era -

The story of Birmingham, Alabama, the tumultuous year of 1963, and the battle for civil rights helped convince a nation - an entire civilization - to throw open the doors to the halls of freedom and welcome everyone in.

Bull Connor, Jim Crow, water hoses and fierce German Shepherds were the perfect villains, with black people - merely marching and fighting for equality before the law - cast as the perfect heroes.

Images broadcast to the entire nation from Birmingham, and the promotion of Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" helped convince legislators in Congress to pass Civil Rights Legislation in 1964. As one lawmaker said as they signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, "But for Birmingham, we wouldn't be here."

But in most narratives about "The Magic City," history stops in 1963. Nothing post-1963 out of Birmingham is discussed in polite society.

Until now.

Paul Kersey, the author of "Escape from Detroit" and "Black Mecca Down" now brings to you the definitive account of life in Birmingham, Alabama after the cameras left in 1963.

A now 74 percent black city, with a city government completely dominated by black public employees and a shrinking tax base incapable of providing revenue to maintain the city, Birmingham is a city in financial and moral ruin.

Crime rates consistently place Birmingham in "Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America" lists, with A&E's real-life detective show 'The First 48' finding fertile grounds for filming in the former Magic City. No longer the "Magic City," Birmingham post-1963 is the "Tragic City."

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Businesses in Birmingham, Alabama


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Changes Salon & Spa -  1210 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35234 (205) 254-6959

  2. Divine Hair Designs -  451 Huffman Road, Birmingham, AL 35215, (205) 305-6944

  3. Diva Designers Hair Salon -  1513 Huffman Road, Birmingham, AL 35215, (205) 965-6923

  4. Diva Lace Wigs and Salon -  451 Huffman Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215, (205) 447-7478

  5. Ensley Beauty Supply -  Category: Black Beauty Supply -  1802 Ave. E. Ensley Birmingham, AL 35218 (205) 788-8024

  6. Game Face Barbershop -  Category: Black Barbers -  New school barber with an old school flavor.   - 2129 Bessemer Rd. Birmingham, AL (205) 781-4029

  7. Irresistible Hair -  Category: Natural Hair Salons -  Birmingham, AL 35208 (205) 529-0164 (205) 317 5767   - (visit website)

  8. Natural Elements -   1905 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, AL 35208 (205) 788-2009

  9. Pamper Me Pretty & Spa Salon -  Category: Black Spa Salon -   2900 Bessemer Road (205) 780-9393

  10. Salon Oni's -  1727 3rd Avene North, Birmingham, AL 35203, (205) 731-8774

  11. Salon Panache' -  7125 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35206, (205) 833-7072

  12. Salon Restorations -  A Hair Replacement Salon - 313 Gadsden Highway, Birmingham, AL 35235 (205) 586-5567

  13. The Krown Natural Hair Care Studio -  Category: Natural Hair Salons -  Birmingham, AL 35224 (205) 547-7861

  14. The Lock Oasis -  Category: Hair Salons -  The lock oasis is a family oriented natural hair boutique.   - 2129 Bessemer Rd. Birmingham, AL (205) 781-4045   - (visit website)

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Akers Ottie Law Firm -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   2121 8th Ave N Ste 1614 Birmingham, AL 35203-4503 (205) 328-3918

  2. Apofsu Press - -  Community Services -   P.O. Box 55922, Birmimgham, AL, 35255 (205) 929-3428 Office - (205) 317-0438 Cell   - (visit website)

  3. Associatiion of Black Genealogists of Alabama - -  Black/African American Genealogy -   6208 Crest Green Rd, #202, Birmimgham, AL, 35212-3834

  4. Birmingham Times Publishing Co. -  Category: Newspaper -   115 Third Avenue West, Post Office Box 10503, Birmingham, AL, 35202 (205) 251-5158

  5. Birmingham World Newspaper -  Category: Newspaper -   Birmingham, AL, (205) 251-6523

  6. Birmingham African-American Genealogy Study Group - -  Black/African American Genealogy -   Birmingham Public Library  2100 Park Place, Birmimgham, AL, 35203 (205) 901-6387

  7. Citizens Federal Savings Bank -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  P O Box 10022 Birmingham, AL 35202-0022 (205) 328-2041

  8. Dozier Hughley & Associates PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   2018 Morris Ave Ste 200 Birmingham, AL 35203-4108 (205) 322-3030

  9. Gentle Pickens & Landon -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  1928 1st Ave N Ste 1500 Birmingham, AL 35203-4012 (205) 716-3000

  10. Gross Tax & Accounting - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   12169 Clearbrook Rd. Birmingham, AL 35226-1566 (205) 979-9036

  11. Hourglassbody - -  Self Improvement -   1849 Centerpoint Parkway, Birmimgham, AL, 35215 (205) 854 1108 Office - (305) 725 3864 Cell - (205) 854 1770 Fax   - (visit website)

  12. Hulektrix Medical Mgt Svcs - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   P O Box 11142 Birmingham, AL 35202-1142 (205) 324-1135

  13. Human Resource Service Inc - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  2328 2nd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203-3808 (205) 324-7887

  14. Jones & Davis PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  1205 19th St N Birmingham, AL 35234-2560 (205) 324-6021

  15. J T G Consulting Inc - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  200 Century Park S Birmingham, AL 35226-3948 (205) 979-8020

  16. Lawson State Community College -  Category: Historically Black College -   3060 Wilson Rd Sw Birmingham, Alabama 35221-1717 (205) 925-2515   - (visit website)

  17. Loder PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  413 16th St N Birmingham, AL 35203-1928 (205) 326-0566

  18. Pearce Bvill Leesburg Moore PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   2129 1st Ave N Ste 221 Birmingham, AL 35203-4201 (205) 323-5440

  19. Robbie's Miracle Christian Academy, LLC. -  Category: Childcare -   We are opening a full service 24 hour 7 day a week childcare center in the Forestdale area. We have Notary Services free of charge to the immediate families of enrollees.   - 952 Forestdale Blvd. Birmimgham, AL (205) 286-2012   - (visit website)

  20. Ronald Johnson Discount Estores -  Category: Retailer (Computer) -   1841 Woodvine Lane Birmingham, Alabama 35215 (205) 478-1960   - (visit website)

  21. Thomas W Bowron II -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  2017 Morris Ave. Birmingham, AL 35203-4131 (205) 254-9000

  22. Toney & Associates Inc - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   1820 7th Ave N Ste 201 Birmingham, AL 35203-2224 (205) 326-2499

  23. Wolfe-Devine Inc - -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -   P O Box 3878 Birmingham, AL 35208-0878 (205) 251-7027

  24. Wooten PC -  Category: Legal & Financial Services -  2000 1st Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203-4111 (205) 322-7707

  25. 100 Black Men of Birmingham, Inc. - -  Community Services -   1728 Third Avenue North, Suite 200 Birmingham, AL 35203

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REAL ESTATE - REALTORS

  1. Willie A Casey - Birminham, Alabama (205) 833-6200

  2. Brenda Jones-Little - Birminham, Alabama (205) 833-6200

  3. Therita L Lawler - Birminham, Alabama (205) 328-3330

  4. Ronald Owens - Birminham, Alabama (205) 978-1976

  5. Lorenzer Patterson - Birminham, Alabama (205) 822-7268

  6. Barbara T Ratcliff - Birminham, Alabama (205) 492-4362

  7. Joanice Thompson - Birminham, Alabama (205) 313-6357

  8. Theresa Washington - Birminham, Alabama (205) 978-1974

  9. Sharon Wilson - Birminham, Alabama (205) 833-8484

  10. Earmatene R Richardson - Birminham, Alabama (205) 788-7815

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Costa's Famous BBQ and Steakhouse -  Category: Bar-B-Que, Southern Cooking -   613 Springville Road, Birmingham, Alabama (205) 853-9933   - (visit website)

  2. Dreamland BBQ -  Category: Bar-B-Que, Southern Cooking -   1427 14th Avenue, South - Birmingham, Alabama (205) 933-2133

  3. Eagle's Restaurant Soul Food - 2610 16th St. North, Birmingham, AL (205) 320-0099 - (visit website)

  4. Full Moon Bar B Que -  Category: Bar-B-Que, Southern Cooking -   525 25th South, Birmingham, Alabama (205) 324-1007   - (visit website)

  5. McKinley's BBQ and Soul Food - 1903 Avenue O, Birmingham, AL 35218, (205) 785-4101 - (visit website)

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CHURCHES



  1. African Methodist Episcopal Church Directory - (visit website)

  2. Hopewell A.M.E. Church - 925 44th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35212, Phone: (205) 595-1231 - (visit website)

  3. Saint Paul A.M.E. Church - 300 Fourth Court North, Birmingham, AL (205) 251-9438 - (visit website)

  4. Saint Stephen AME Church - 925 44th St N, Birmingham, AL 35212 (205) 833-6211 - (visit website)

  5. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church - 1530 Sixth Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 251-9402 - (visit website)

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BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM
about the film


Mr. James Armstrong is a barber, a “foot soldier” and a dreamer whose barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights since 1955. “The dream” of a promised land, where dignity and the right to vote belongs to everyone is documented in photos, headlines and clippings that cram every inch of wall space (and between the mirrors).

 Mr. James Armstrong
85-years-young, jauntily wearing a bowtie and suspenders, Mr. Armstrong will cut your hair while recounting his experiences as a “foot soldier”, citing the pictures on his wall as he does. In March 1965, civil rights activists began a march from Selma to Montgomery calling for voting rights. Mr. Armstrong, an Army Veteran, was the proud bearer of the American flag in that march, and it’s said that even as state troopers tear-gassed the crowd and beat marchers with billy clubs, he held the flag high. On the annual commemoration of Bloody Sunday he carries that flag.

He used his barber chair to educate: “If you want a voice, you have to vote; you can’t complain about nothing if you don’t vote.” Despite threats to his life and home, his two sons were the first to integrate an all white elementary school. “Dying isn’t the worst thing a man can do. The worst thing a man can do is nothing.” No one can accuse Mr. Armstrong of doing nothing; and on the eve of the election of the first African-American president, the barber of Birmingham sees his unimaginable dream come true.

BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM
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The project was initiated in summer 2008 by Robin Fryday, a Bay Area photographer. The potential nomination of Barack Obama as the first African American president awakened a strong impulse to explore the impact of unfolding events on the aging Civil Rights activists in the South. A research trip to Alabama confirmed her belief that the stories of those who fought for the right to vote in the 1960s needed to be captured and preserved in the context of unfolding events. She knew that African Americans who lived through the tumultuous era in the South would have stories to tell that would not be replicated anywhere else in the country. The idea for a documentary film was born.

 Robin Fryday
While Robin had never spent much time in the South, she found herself making important connections with contacts in Birmingham and Selma who would help guide her quest to uncover potential characters to film. Fortuitously she was guided to the barbershop of James Armstrong and immediately assessed that he would be a strong central protagonist. She returned to the Bay Area in search of a potential partner to join her on the project and help to translate her inspiration into film. She was introduced to veteran documentary producer/director Gail Dolgin who recognized the potential for a strong and important program and joined forces with Robin.

 Gail Dolgin
Production had to begin almost immediately in order to capture the days leading up to the Election and the Election itself. They agreed that the film would give voice to African Americans who had participated in the struggle and feature Mr. James Armstrong and his barbershop as key to the unfolding events. Mr. Armstrong enthusiastically agreed to participate. We determined that our approach would be intimate and required a trusting relationship with our key protagonists. Personal story telling was key to our design.

Gail and Robin are sharing producer/director roles but defined by the different levels of filmmaking experience each brings to the project. Robin took the leadership in establishing and maintaining connections in Birmingham and Selma. Gail was the primary interviewer and director on location and in the edit room. Both bring different skills but a shared vision.

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Above at the Redmont Hotel -  Category: Nightclub -   2101 5th Avenue North - Birmingham, Alabama (205) 324-2101

  2. The M Lounge - 2209 1st Avenue North in downtown Birmingham  - (visit website)

  3. B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge - 312 20th Street South, - Birmingham, AL, Phone: (205) 326-3673   - (visit website)

  4. Club Asia -  Category: Nightclub -   1709 1st Avenue North - Birmingham, Alabama

  5. Club Continental -  Category: Nightclub -   89 Robert Jemison Road - Birmingham, Alabama (205) 902-3387   - (visit website)

  6. Club Ice -  Category: Nightclub -   1400 2nd Ave North   - (visit website)

  7. Club Sky, 1612 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL   - (visit website)

  8. Platinum Club -  Category: Nightclub -   821 Avenue North - Birmingham, Alabama (205) 324-0791

  9. PlayDate Birmingham - 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, AL, 35203, Phone: (205) 541-1380 - (visit website)

  10. Steel Urban Lounge -  Category: Nightclub -   2300 1st Avenue North (205) 324-0666   - (visit website)

  11. The H Bar -  Category: Nightclub -   1023 20th Street South, - Birmingham, Alabama - Inside of the Hotel Highland (205) 874-5759   - (visit website)

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ANNUAL EVENTS



  1. Annual Magic City Black Expo - P.O. Box 550340 - Birmingham, AL 35255 - (205) 937-6569 - (visit website)

    This day-long event will shine a spotlight on the products and services of African-American owned and/or operated businesses.


  2. R&B of America Festival - Venue, Fairpark Complex - Birmingham, AL - (205) 558-2277 - (visit website)

    America's largest outdoor R&B music festival. Event will attract more than 100,000 over a 4-day period.


  3. Vulcan Bike Week - Phone (205) 447-7094 or (205) 542-6560  - email: johnnyg@vulcanbikeweek.com - (visit website)

    Feature competitions for Sport Bikes, Choppers, Cruisers, and Bike Builders.

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