Recently I was honored to return to Birmingham, Alabama as a guest of Mayor William Bell, Grayson Hall, chairman and CEO of Regions Bank, the only Fortune 500 company based in Alabama, and Johnny Johns, the chairman and CEO of Protective Life Insurance Company.
A beautiful evening, comprised of a broad cross section of leaders and leadership from throughout greater Birmingham. An evening and a conversation between the mayor and myself that focused more on the unchartered future of and for Birmingham, Alabama, rather than the well traveled history of this important American city.
We all know about the civil rights history, but what has yet been written, is the silver rights empowerment agenda which lies just over the horizon.
The local government is doing its part, and the people in the community definitely want progress, and the private sector is operating and open, and at the same time idling on the sidelines of next-stage, bottoms-up economic growth -- but there is an incredient missing to all of this. The proud and dignity rich people of Birmingham, Alabama never actually got The Memo. Said plainly, how the free enterprise and capitalist system 'works.'
It's not like they got The Memo and screwed it up. They never got The Memo.