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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed is featured in a newly released documentary film.
Reed can be seen on PBS Roadtrip Nation’s “Being Free,” which is available to a national audience.
The documentary follows three roadtrippers, who are formerly incarcerated individuals, as they travel the country to see how people overcome societal stigma and obstacles as they seek to reinvent their lives.
During their journey through Selma and Montgomery, the trio met Reed, who listened to their stories and explained how the community can come together to bring change to the criminal justice system.
Mayors from across the state were in Selma for the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors on April 22, 2022. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
By Brady Talbert
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 7:24 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 10:12 PM CDT
SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - Around 20 mayors from across the state were in Selma on Friday for the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors.
The meeting was a chance for leaders to discuss issues that affect their communities, such as failing infrastructure, education and the worker shortage.
“These are just the tip of the iceberg,” Selma Mayor James Perkins said.
Some of the problems discussed were related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are some challenging times,” Perkins said. “We are not going out of a pandemic. We are moving into an endemic. Pandemics come and go, endemics come and stay, and it looks like COVID will be here for a while.”
The group gathered in an effort to work toward solutions. It is something they have been doing since 1972.
“Back in those days, we knew that as African American mayors, there was strength in numbers,” said Former Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford.
While the mayors in attendance primarily serve residents within their cities, they stressed they are also working for all Alabamians, regardless of where they live.
“We come together to find solutions to the problems that are problems throughout Alabama,” said Tuskegee Mayor Tony Haygood. “Yes, they’re in our community and some are highlighted in our community, but most communities, they encounter the same problems that we do in just a different manner.”
Leaders also tackled more controversial issues – like critical race theory.
“It would be difficult for me to share my history, my personal history, in a classroom with critical race theory laws in place,” Perkins added.
It was just one of many discussions attendees believe will advance their communities.
The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors is not just for mayors. It also welcomes city council members and former mayors.
Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke about the importance of education, voting, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.(Source: WTVM)
By Leonard Hall
Published: Mar. 6, 2022 at 12:22 AM CST
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WTVM) - Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Tuskegee Saturday as the city hosted the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors, the World Conference of Mayors, and the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance.
The event held at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex focused on continuing the efforts started by other civil rights pioneers including Rosa Parks and John Lewis.
Rev. Jackson spoke about the importance of education, voting, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Strong minds break strong chains,” Jackson said. “When people came to Tuskegee, they didn’t have businesses for them - they made their own businesses. We’ve got a false structure in Washington.”
The civil rights icon spoke about the importance of education, voting, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Johnny Ford, former longtime Tuskegee mayor and founder of the World Conference of Mayors, spoke about what it meant to have Rev. Jackson at the event.
“We’re very honored to have Rev. Jesse Jackson here at our conference,” said Ford. “He and I go back many years. When I was president in 1983 of the National Conference of Black Mayors, we were involved with his campaign and we’ve always worked together closely. So, to have him here really highlights our conference.
About 60 people, including Tuskegee Mayor Tony Haygood, attended the conference in-person and several others participated via Zoom.
Alabama League of Municipalities
Elects 2021-2022 President and
Vice President During Annual
Convention in Huntsville
The Alabama League of Municipalities (ALM) hosted its annual convention in Huntsville May 12-15, which included its annual Business Session. During that session, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller was elected by the membership to serve as ALM President and Tuskegee Mayor Lawrence F. “Tony” Haygood, Jr., was elected to serve as Vice President.
“We appreciate the commitment of Mayors Fuller and Haygood to their communities, local government and our organization,” said League Executive Director Greg Cochran. “Municipalities are the foundation of Alabama’s economy and our leadership understands that collaboration and partnerships across all levels are necessary to provide essential resources to foster safe, vibrant communities where our citizens can live, work, play and prosper.”
A graduate of Southern Union State Community College, Mayor Gary Fuller was President and CEO of Fuller Broadcasting Company, Inc. from 1985 until he sold the company in 1998. His six stations received numerous awards and accolades for community service and local news coverage and in 1988, WZMG and WKKR became the first stations in Alabama to earn the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for community service. He served on the Opelika City Council from 2000 until 2004 and was then elected mayor. In addition, he is the past president of the Lee County United Way, Opelika Rotary Club and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Fuller served as ALM Vice President from 2020 until 2021 and is the past chair of the League’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation. He is an Advanced Certified Municipal Official and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund).
Lawrence F. Haygood, Jr. was elected Mayor of Tuskegee in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. Mayor Haygood received his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College with a major in Political Science and a minor concentration in Economics. He received an MBA degree from Auburn University Montgomery with additional studies in Management Science at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and The Georgia Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2011, he completed the Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University. He serves as Economic/Business Development Specialist at the Tuskegee-Macon County Community Development Corporation (TMCDC). In addition to being member of the Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Community Development Action Coalition (CDAC) national boards, Mayor Haygood is also a current member and past president of Alpha Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mayor Haygood has served on numerous ALM committees, is an Advanced Certified Municipal Official and is Chair of the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund) Board of Directors.
Based in Montgomery, ALM was organized in 1935 and has served for 86 years as the recognized voice of Alabama’s cities and towns. Representing more than 450 member municipalities, the League works to enact legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively; offers specialized training; holds conferences and meetings; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operational needs, problems and functions of Alabama’s municipal governments. For more information, visit www.almonline.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline 1-855-566-5333
The hotline is for healthcare workers, people 75 years or older, and first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters to schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 vaccination at local health departments. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Specific information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made. Appointments are made first come, first serve for persons within the targeted priority groups.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline received over 1.1 million calls in the first day of being open to the public. Please do not call the appointment line if you do not qualify to schedule a vaccine at this time. Due to the overwhelming amount of calls, our target population cannot get through to schedule their appointments.
Please do not call your local hospital directly to set up appointments to receive your COVID-19 vaccine. Hospital switchboards are being overwhelmed with phone calls, which is creating an obstacle to patient care. Hospitals throughout Alabama are providing care to both COVID-19 patients as well as responding to all other medical needs of our citizens. Hospitals are working to make sure their frontline workers are vaccinated. If hospitals decide to provide additional vaccine outside their institutions, ADPH will coordinate with them to provide updated information. Updated information will be provided as other locations have vaccine available for additional groups.
Due to the massive call volume, callers to the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline are encouraged to try their call again later if they get a busy signal. We are rapidly adding staff to assist callers to the scheduling hotline. We appreciate your patience. Additional information will be provided as more vaccine is available and new groups can schedule their COVID-19 vaccine.
If you would like general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline continues to be available at 1-800-270-7268 for general question
The Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (ACBM) is an organization that serves its members and their constituents by providing service, support, and information. We represent a diverse membership that advocates and promote leadership- and economic- development opportunities, high quality health and human services,
* Present an annual conference, including a focus for leadership
* Hold ABCM quarterly meeting
* Conduct workshops for ACBM Strategic Planning Committee
* Provide information
* Sponsor annual membership drive
* Provide opportunities for members networking and exchanging
* Establish ACBM Service Center (for support, research, etc.)
* Distribute ACBM Newsletter with member city publicity
* Began State Regional Meeting-Long Range Goal
* Encourage ACBM membership participation
* Seek and involve economic/community development agencies in ACBM Activities (ads,
* Develop ACBM Showcase directory-long range goal
* Provide letters of support for members pursuing awards
* Exchange agency information with ACBM members
* Sponsor an annual fundraiser for ACBM Corporation
* Offer scholarships and training for member constituents
* Create public awareness through issue presentation at ACBM functions
* Develop a schedule of events for ACBM cities, to the State Tourism Office for inclusion in its
* Create ACBM Heritage tour with media coverage-long range goal.
* Inclusive- Non partisan, embracing diverse views, modeling civility.
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