I’m debuting a course on Religion, Race, and Ethnicity at Samford University in fall 2021. Registration opens to seniors on Wednesday so on my usual Saturday bike ride I stopped at a number of sites in greater Birmingham, Alabama to film short (less than 60 second) Instagram videos related to the subject. I also posted a few still shots. You can view Instagram here. or on Facebook here they are all tagged #raceandreligionbikeride.
The collection of sites I visited is a bit mixed and shaped in part by geography and where I wanted to go for my own sake on my 66-mile bike ride this lovely spring day. But it talks about historic African American churches, the integration of one of Birmingham’s main cemeteries, Buddhists from Sri Lanka, Christians from Lebanon, how railroads defined the different “sides of the tracks,” and lots of other things.
For a consolidated video from most of the sites see below.