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COUNCIL PRESIDENT PRO TEM ALEXANDER BEGINS WORK ON UNUM FELLOWSHIP TRAINING

PRESS RELEASE                                         Friday, October 23, 2020

Contact: Kim Garner

Phone: 205-254-2036

Email: kimberly.garner@birminghamal.gov

Last month it was announced that Council President Pro Tem Wardine Alexander was awarded a $75,000 fellowship through the organization E Pluribus Unum (EPU) to address racial inequalities in District 7. She is part of the inaugural class of fellows and is the only elected leader selected from Central Alabama.

Today, Alexander began her virtual training with the fellows, aimed at grounding the cohort with a better understanding of racism in its institutional and structural forms.

Founded by former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2018, the goal of EPU is aimed directly addressing the issue of racial disparity in America by strengthening partnerships between elected officials and community leaders.

The inaugural class of 13 Fellowship Cohorts includes a diverse set of Southern elected leaders, from rural mayors to suburban school board members to city councilors and big city mayors.

This select group will embark on a year-long journey to address inequitable and discriminatory policies and practices within their communities and utilize their funding to tackle these issues through projects and community-led programs.

Alexander has already been working with community leaders to identify projects that could utilize the fellowship funding.

“An issue that keeps being brought up and one I’ve sought to address in my time on the Council is community revitalization. That is a big part of what people are wanting to see. We’re still plagued with blight in the district — abandoned homes and properties. So focusing on programs that can help alleviate this for residents is something we’re currently looking into.”
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