Alabama has always been at the forefront of conversations about racism in the South. Wherever you go in the country, people know about the marches from Selma to Montgomery. People know about the Montgomery bus boycotts. People know about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But what people may not know is that everything started in Birmingham when the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed. Birmingham is crucial from a civil rights standpoint, and we have grown so much since. I was blessed to have the greatest grandmother in the world who talked to me all the time about growing up Black in the South. She taught me about civil rights leaders like Dr. King and Medgar Evans, and that really resonated with me. Growing up here, it really made me feel like I’ve got to make a difference in the Black community. Now, I hope to be part of the renaissance of Birmingham.