Birmingham, Ala. — Spurred mostly by the wishes of others, Sharon Davis studied nursing and worked in the field for 17 years. Then, she cared at home for her bedridden sister who suffered with heart issues and end-stage kidney disease.

When her sister died, Ms. Davis knew she wanted a…


Birmingham, Ala. — Jessica Parkman and her family struggled to make ends meet even in the best of times. Between rent, groceries, utilities and daycare, she and her boyfriend barely made it from one paycheck to the next.

“Neither one of us makes a ton of money, even though we…


Birmingham, Ala. — When the walls of the Ramsay-McCormack building came tumbling down in April, an excavator bearing the name Nuckles sat nearby, having done its part to transform this spot in the Ensley Business District.

The machine and the moment belonged to Emmett Nuckles, an energetic young entrepreneur whose…


Birmingham, Ala. — As companies across the globe tiptoed through the COVID-19 era and prayed the economy would hold, digital health company Acclinate made a BOLD move.

In December 2020, the company announced its headquarters had moved from Huntsville to Birmingham.

Acclinate’s move did not just happen by accident. The…


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In the heart of Birmingham’s Central Business District and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is a historic commercial corridor that continues to thrive as a symbol of pride for Birmingham — the historic Fourth Avenue Business District. It is a place that highlights the collective resiliency…


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After giving birth to her second daughter, Jazzmine Huggins knew she wanted serious changes in her life.

She was 24 years old, living in public housing and not always making what she felt were the best choices for herself or her children. …


Birmingham, Ala. — Andre Moore has spent decades in Birmingham preparing students for lifelong careers in cutting hair, fixing nails and helping other people look their best.

Most recently, he has owned and operated Southeastern School of Cosmetology & Barbering, an institution in western Birmingham where he worked 20 years…


Birmingham, Ala. — As a student at Parker High School, Justin Williams had an idea of what he wanted to be, and he believes he would have found a way to get there. But Birmingham Promise removed any doubts, clearing the path for Williams to achieve his goals.

Under a…


Birmingham, Ala. — Jarvis Prewitt’s academic ability is evident: He was the salutatorian of the Huffman High School Class of 2019, excelling in tough Advanced Placement courses and graduating with a 4.0 GPA. …


Birmingham, Ala. — L’Tryce Slade found herself at a pivotal juncture in life in 2006.

After completing law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Slade came to Birmingham to work for a law firm on a case. When that case ended, she did what people do…

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