The Association presented four awards at their Pratville conference in April 2023. The Digital History Award was given to the Birmingham Black Radio Museum at the Carver Theater and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network Tech Policy Committee. The Milo Howard Award for best article in The Alabama Review over the last three years went to Brandon T. Jett for his article, “‘We Crave to Become a Vital Force in the Community’: Police Brutality and African American Activism in Birmingham, Alabama, 1920-1945.” The Guntersville Historical Society earned the Kuykendall Award for exemplary local history society, and Bertis D. English was the recipient of the Coley Book Award for his book Civil Wars, Civil Beings, and Civil Rights in Alabama’s Black Belt: A History of Perry County.
On August 13, 2022, legendary Birmingham broadcaster and civil rights activist Paul “Tall Paul” White was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) Hall of Fame at Ross Bridge Resort in Hoover, Alabama. Seen here are WATV broadcaster Ron January, Ullman High School Civil Rights activist Gwen Sanders Gamble. BBRM Director Bob Friedman, Paul White’s great niece Eugenia Hood with great grand daughter Autumn receiving the award for the family, and ABA Director Sharon Tinsley.
In the spring 2021 AAA Explorer magazine, The Birmingham Black Radio Museum gets a mention among the iconic and enticing attractions of the 4th Avenue Business District. When the Carver Theater reopens after renovations are complete, BBRM collections will be on display.
“Meet the founder of the Birmingham Black Radio Museum (BBRM), Bob Friedman in this Zoom conversation, where he will discuss and share the history and collection of the BBRM.
The BBRM documents and intricate layer of Birmingham’s history. It is not necessarily a museum in the traditional sense. It can also be categorized as a community archive and an oral history project and its mission is to preserve a historical movement through the lens of Black Radio in Birmingham from the 1930’s through the 1980’s.”
The staff, Director and Board of the Birmingham Black Radio Museum share our profound sadness at the passing of two great Americans, Rev. C. T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis. It is hoped that our community will continue to gain strength and insight from their courage.
Emily Bibb, Ennis Bragg, Bob Friedman, Willamena Richardson, Min. Gwendolyn Cook Webb