I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been born and raised in Birmingham, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The study of civil rights and black history is one of my deepest passions.
Because of the many sacrifices made by the brave men, women and children in the 1960s, I have the opportunity to enjoy life in a way that my forefathers did not. I’m very happy to be a part of a society with laws in place to protect all races and nationalities, but the fight for equality continues. And the lessons learned in Birmingham during the movement still apply today.
An outsider of the South might assume that Birmingham is still deeply rooted in racism and injustice, but that is not the case. Birmingham, like so many other Southern cities, is filled with people who completely understand the complex history of racism and the idea that it will take a long time to resolve those issues.
I’m so thankful for the foot soldiers and brave souls who walked before us. The new generation of leaders in the city is continuing to strive to follow in their footsteps and resolve the next phase of challenges facing our community. I am confident that we will continue to evolve and grow.
With that said, I am Jordyn Hudson, and I am proud to be from the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama!