Preserving Justice in Birmingham, Alabama
As you know I’ve spoken and written quite a bit about my own family’s history in the Civil Rights Movement. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama where my father, Harvey Burg, was working as a lawyer fighting for civil rights .
Well – this weekend I’m going back to where I come from. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, the Birmingham Bar Foundation is honoring my wonderful father and other members of Birmingham’s legal community for their extraordinary work during the Civil Rights Movement at the Journey for Justice Gala. There is also a documentary film, Preserving Justice about the role lawyers and the legal system played in the fight to end racial inequality in Birmingham and the nation, which will be debuted at the event. It was created to educate the public about the role lawyers and the legal system played in the fight to end racial inequality. I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Over the years my father has gone on an incredible journey, starting out as a progressive activist, and now being recognized as a pillar of society by a pretty important and powerful group. But consider this: in that time my father didn’t change a bit. What changed was American society, and its perception of him and the work he did.
It’s important to acknowledge those close to him who gave him support and courage, including my late grandparents, Sylvia and Saul Burg, and especially my mother. Sondy. She was willing to accompany him to a faraway place to do dangerous work in the name of taking a stand for justice. And that’s why I come from Alabama, not only with a Banjo on my knee, but also with a legacy of preserving justice.