Prominent Birmingham People

Birmingham, Alabama is home to impressive historical figures. Below is a run-down of the most notable people who hail from this area:

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is a celebrated activist, writer, and scholar that is well-known for voicing the concerns of the downtrodden and oppressed. She is a prolific author with very many books straddling the arena of politics, culture, and women to her name. She was born on 26th of January, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. She would grow to be a scholar studying at the Sorbonne. She later joined the U.S. Communist Party and was incarcerated regarding a certain prison outbreak. But she was at last cleared of the charges. She is the author of the book Women, Race & Class. She is a passionate activist bent on advocating for prison reform, alliances that transcend race, and gender equity.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams, who was born on September 17, 1923, in Alabama, was America’s earliest country music superstars. He is credited with hits such as Your Cheatin Heart, Cold, Cold Heart, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and Hey, Good Lookin. Unfortunately, he died at the tender age of 29 after a heart attack in the year 1953 just in the backseat of his Cadillac.

Today Hank Williams sits in the Pantheon of Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2010, the Pulitzer board posthumously feted Williams with a special citation for his songwriting prowess. His career and life inspired a 2015 biopic called I Saw the Light that stars Elizabeth Oleson as Williams’ first wife, Audrey, and Tom Hiddleston as Williams.

Hellen Keller

Hellen Keller was born in 1880 and breathed her last in 1968. This was a phenomenal woman who proved to the world that, really, disability is not inability. Despite being left blind, mute, and deaf at the tender age of two years, Heller Keller went on to overcome so many hurdles, and she accomplished so much as an educator and journalist. Hers is an amazing story, and her accomplishments are unmatched. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her profound achievements despite the obvious disabilities continue to inspire hordes of people in Alabama and beyond.

John Murdoch Harbert III

John Murdoch Harbert III was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is renowned for his business acumen. Just in the middle of downtown Birmingham, you will see the Harbert Center, which was erected to honor the late billionaire. He was born on July 19, 1921, and kicked the bucket on March 31, 1995. The gentleman is famed for being able to turn $6,000 from crap winnings to a construction behemoth, the Harbert Corporation.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is one of the most phenomenal, most famous women ever to come from Birmingham, Alabama. She was the U.S. Secretary of State from the year 2005 to the year 2009 under the government of President George W. Bush. That was after four years of service as a National Security Advisor- from the year 2001 to the year 2005. She was a piano prodigy as a child and unusually talented. At the age of 15 she enrolled in college with the intention of becoming a concert pianist but, along the way, she was persuaded by a political scientist, Josef Korbel, who is also the father of the former U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Madeleine Albright. She decided to change her plans and studied international politics instead. By the early 1980s, she was already teaching at the Stanford University.

Condoleezza has made her mark in history as the first African-American woman to occupy the position of Secretary of State and the second woman to ever hold the position.