Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Council Fills More Vacancies on BCRI, BMA Boards

Birmingham Museum of Art

After last week’s slew of appointments, the Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to add even more members to the boards of directors for the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Unlike the six “regular” members added to the Birmingham Museum of Art Board last week, who can serve on the board for up to two six-year terms, Tuesday’s six appointees are “annual” members, meaning they can serve for only one year at a time. The annual appointees, who will serve on the board until Aug. 31, 2020, are:

  • Carol Clarke, a project director and community development specialist at Corporate Realty
  • John Montgomery, founder and CEO of BIG Communication
  • Kimberly Richardson, president of Kimberly Richardson Consulting, LLC and current member of the Birmingham Public Library’s board of directors
  • Andy Robison, a partner at the Birmingham office of the Bradley law firm
  • Sonja Q. Smith, the current District 8 representative on the Birmingham Board of Education
  • Nick Willis, the greater Alabama regional president at PNC Bank and board member of the McWane Science Center, Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Museum of Art Advisory Board, Business Council of Alabama, Innovation Depot, Jones Valley Teaching Farm and REV Birmingham

The council also voted to appoint two new members to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board, following its appointment last week of 17 new members to the embattled board. The final two board members are:

  • Isaac Cooper, CEO/managing partner at IMC Financial Consulting (reappointed to second term)
  • Carlos Alemán, deputy director of Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

When the first 17 members of the board were appointed last week, BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor remarked that they were “chosen in a period of some disruption and brouhaha that found us in a very awkward position as an organization,” referring to the board’s decision to rescind a human rights award it had planned to present to activist and writer Angela Davis. Three board members resigned during the ensuing controversy, and the board eventually opted to reverse its decision.

Last week, Taylor announced that Davis had agreed to accept the award, though details on when that will happen have not been finalized. After the council voted unanimously to appoint Cooper and Alemán, Councilor Steven Hoyt expressed some relief that the controversy seemed to be over.

“I also wanted to thank Dr. Angela Davis for accepting the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award,” he said. “I really think this is good, and I’m glad she waited. She’s very strategic. But I want to think Andrea and the board for moving forward with this. I think it’s important to Birmingham and important to a lot of us.”