Birmingham Alabama

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama, where he visits with Ivan Holloway, executive director at Urban Impact. Holloway and his team develop sustainable economic opportunities and historic preservation initiatives within the underserved African American communities in the Fourth Avenue Business District and the historic Civil Rights District.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama. Join Charles Woods III, education programs manager at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, for a TED talk-style walking tour of the institute’s museum and adjacent Kelly Ingram Park. The park was the site of major protests in the 1960s, where attack dogs were unleashed and the city's then-police chief directed assaults on the protesters with high-pressure fire hoses.

Thomas Wilmer

Jeff Ray, executive director at Alabama’s Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, talks about the institution, which many consider a $100 million investment in the state of Alabama and its largest philanthropic enterprise. 

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama. Join Charles Woods III, education programs manager at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, for a TED talk-style walking tour of the institute’s museum and adjacent Kelly Ingram Park. The park was the site of major protests in the 1960s, where attack dogs were unleashed and the city's then-police chief directed assaults on the protesters with high-pressure fire hoses.

Lauren Cooper

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama, where he visits with Ivan Holloway, executive director at Urban Impact. Holloway and his team develop sustainable economic opportunities and historic preservation initiatives within the underserved African American communities in the Fourth Avenue Business District and the historic Civil Rights District.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama, where he explores the town’s post-Civil War roots as a premier American steel producer—and current economic development and revitalization initiatives—with David Fleming of REV Birmingham. Ty Malugani at the Sloss Furnaces National Historical Landmark shares insights about the historic Sloss Furnaces, at one time one of America’s largest blast furnace pig-iron producers. A visit with Lashana Sorrell at the statue of Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, perched on a mountaintop overlooking the city, is followed by a conversation with Valerie Collins Thomas, principal at the Val Group. Thomas serves as an ambassador for people considering relocating to Birmingham. Frank Stitt, owner/chef at the Highlands Bar and Grill—proclaimed the "Most Outstanding Restaurant in America" in 2018 by the James Beard Foundation—talks about his passion for Southern cuisine and locally-sourced ingredients.

Lauren Cooper

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Randall Woodfin. Woodfin has created cutting-edge initiatives, such as "Birmingham Promise," where every high school graduate is offered tuition-free two or four-year university education. Neighborhood programs include tax advantages for small business, crime reduction methods, and healthy food opportunities.