Press Release - Detail
Sandi Lee
Public Services Coordinator
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3742

BPL@Night Presents Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life

January 12, 2010, Birmingham, AL— As a part of the Birmingham Public Library’s newest series in 2010, “BPL@Night Presents Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life,” the library will begin with the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Series.”

The panel for this program will discuss the theme, "Is a Generational Gap Holding Birmingham Back?" The panel, led by Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, consists of an all-star cast of local leaders, including the following persons:

Dr. George T. French, Jr., President, Miles College (Education/Religion)

Mr. Cedric Sparks, Sr., Executive Director, City of Birmingham's Division of Youth Services (Government/Youth Development)

Dr. Karen Starks, Executive Director, Community Entrepreneurship Institute, Inc. (Business/Youth Development)

Rev. Lee Wendell Loder, Esq., Gift Corps Ministry & Former President of the Birmingham City Council (Religion/Political Life)

Ms. Kate Neilsen, President, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The panel will discuss two key “reflection questions”:

Reflection Questions:

1) Do you believe a generational gap is impeding Birmingham's progress in the arenas of education, government and politics, religion and spirituality, business, and civic life?

2) What strategies or models should local leaders, including youth leaders, employ to foster intergenerational cooperation, mentoring, and shared governance?

Members of the panel will draw on their respective initiatives and accomplishments to respond to these questions. Dr. Tondra Loder-Jackson, Associate Professor at UAB’s School of Education, will moderate the panel. The Library will provide light refreshments.

The program is in the Arrington Auditorium of the Linn-Henley Building. To reach it, go to the third floor of the new library building, cross over to the old building, then take the elevator or stairs up one flight. The library is at 2100 Park Place, at the corner of Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd., N., and Park Place (between 6th and 8th Avenue North). There's parking in the library's lot. (It's much easier to park there in the evening than it is during the day.) For information or directions, please call Sandi Lee at 226-3742.

WHAT: “Martin Luther King, Jr. Series,” the first in the “BPL@Night Presents Conversations on Art, Authors, and Life”
WHERE: Downtown Library’s Arrington Auditorium
DATE: Thursday, January 19, 2010
TIME: 6:30 p.m
COST: Free
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