One of its nicknames is the Magic City, which began in the late 1800s.
There are 318,000 African-American citizens living in Birmingham’s 1.2 million person metro area.
Locals spend a great deal of time supporting college football and basketball by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which is also the largest employer in the region.
Birmingham has a national reputation as a health care center.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Miles College add collegiate activities and youthful energy to the city.
95.7 FM, WBHJ – R&B, Hip Hop
98.7 FM, WBHK – Old and New School R&B, Tom Joyner
900 AM, WATV – R&B
1220 AM, WAYE – Gospel
1320 AM, WAGG – Gospel
1400 AM, WJLD – Old School R&B, Talk, Sunday Gospel
Famous persons born here or achieved fame in greater Birmingham:
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth – Birmingham’s Father of the Civil Rights Movement
Richard Arrington – 1st Black Mayor of Birmingham and respected for leading a calm transition to the city’s modern image in his 20-year tenure
Eddie Kendrick – The Temptations original tenor vocalist
Charles Barkley – NBA legend
A.G. Gaston – One of America’s richest black businessmen and supporter of the Civil Rights Movement
Bo Jackson – NFL and MLB sports legend
Nell Carter – TV actor and singer
Tom Joyner – Radio fly jock
Willie Mays – Arguably, the greatest all-around baseball player
Lionel Hampton – Legendary Jazz musician
Angela Y. Davis – Civil rights and women’s rights activist and college professor
Vonetta Flowers – 2002 Olympic bobsled team gold medalist
U.W. Clemson – 1st African American federal judge in Alabama
Dr. Luther Williams – Assistant Directorate of the National Science Foundation
Ben Wallace – All-Star NBA center