Misty Bennett

Misty Bennett

Misty Bennett Misty Bennett is a Unitarian who, with her husband Joe, adopted two children from Ethiopia several years ago. She discusses the innocence (color-blindness) of children in their early years and the challenges of being a mixed-race family in the South,...

Walter Luft

Walter Luft

Walter Luft Walter Luft, now deceased, was a white Unitarian who immigrated to the U.S. and Birmingham from Czechoslovakia after World War II and was stunned and dismayed to discover pervasive racism here, especially after seeing the same kinds of hatred leading up to...

Virginia Volker

Virginia Volker

Virginia Volker Virginia Volker is a Birmingham Unitarian who grew up in Sylacauga, Alabama (the home of the Ku Klux Klan) in the 1940s and 1950s and became a lifelong activist in the fight for human rights. Virginia was one of the early white activists in the Civil...

Valencia Reese

Valencia Reese

Valencia Reese Valencia Reese, the daughter of Carlton Reese, the longtime director of the African-American Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir (now the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir), which was launched in 1959 by Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to serve...

Anne Reeb

Anne Reeb

Anne Reeb Anne Reeb is the daughter of Rev. James Reeb, the Unitarian minister who was fatally beaten during the 1965 marches in Selma. Anne was five years old when her father was killed. She and her niece Leah (the daughter of Anne’s brother John) recall the effects...

Terry Palmore

Terry Palmore

Terry Palmore Terry Palmore and Jackie Palmore were high-school sweethearts at a time when mixed-race couples were almost unheard of in the deep South. They discuss the subtle and not-so-subtle racial bias they experienced over the years, from their courtship through...

Tan Turner Bell

Tan Turner Bell

Tan Turner Bell Tanya Turner Bell and her husband Antoine Bell are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham and current leaders of worship services at the church. As long-time African-American citizens of Alabama, they describe the effects of racism...

T K Thorne

T K Thorne

T K THorne T K Thorne, local author of novels and works of non-fiction, including Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. In addition to her past research on the church bombing, T.K. has...

Stephanie Yates

Stephanie Yates

Stephanie Yates Stephanie Yates is an associate professor of accounting and finance and the first African-American woman to join the full-time faculty in UAB’s Collat School of Business. She describes the income inequality that persists in former slave-holding states...

Sol Kimerling

Sol Kimerling

Sol Kimerling Sol Kimerling is a local chronicler of the fight for justice for both African Americans and the Jewish community of the city. He recalls the Klan’s attempt to bomb Birmingham’s Temple Beth-el during the 1950s. In 2013, Kimerling partnered with UAB...