Pictures of Birmingham, Alabama, the largest city in the state, known for its role in the iron and steel industry and the civil rights movement. Photos include scenic views of Vulcan Park, the Birmingham skyline at sunset, 16th Street Baptist Church, and Kelly Ingram Park. Photos also include Alton Hardy, pastor of Urban Hope Community Church in Fairfield, Alabama, and Bob Flayhart, pastor of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The two pastors are working to ease racial tension in the city and promote racial unity after the Charleston, South Carolina shooting.
27 imagesPictures of Birmingham, Alabama. Gallery includes photos of famous civil rights site 16th St. Baptist Church, which was bombed during the civil rights movement, Kelly Ingram Park, and Vulcan Park at sunset.
5 imagesPhotos of Alton Hardy, pastor of Urban Hope Community Church in Fairfield, Alabama, and Bob Flayhart, pastor of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Hardy, who is African-American, and Flayhart, who is white, began having weekly breakfasts together more than two years ago — a move they say has been instrumental in forming the trusting relationship needed as their congregations work together to heal race relations in Birmingham, Alabama. Since the Charleston, South Carolina shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, churches nationwide have started examining race relations in their communities as well as in their sanctuaries, hoping to put an end to what some say is escalating racial tension. To read the story, please visit http://www.carmenksisson.com/can-churches-lead-on-racial-harmony/