Alabama State University will host the Thomas C. Steward Distinguished Lecture Series, a special program for students, on Monday, April 16 in the auditorium of the Ralph David Abernathy Hall at 11 a.m.
The Honorable Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, Ala., will be the guest speaker.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Woodfin is a product of Birmingham City Schools and Morehouse College. While at Morehouse College, he majored in political science and served as president of the Student Government Association. Woodfin later earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
Upon graduating from law school, Woodfin served as a public servant by working with the City of Birmingham’s Division of Youth Services, the Birmingham City Council and the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO). In 2009, Woodfin became an assistant city attorney for the City of Birmingham. During the same time frame, he lost an election for a seat on the Birmingham Board of Education.
His loss in his first run for office taught him more about the needs of students and parents, and also shaped his vision for the needs of schools and the city. In 2013, Woodfin was not only successful in his second attempt to secure a seat on the school board, but he was also elected president, a role he served from 2013-15.
Woodfin also has served as a board member for the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. He is a former board member of the Birmingham Change Fund, American Red Cross, Birmingham Education Foundation, Birmingham Cultural Alliance, S.T.A.I.R., and past president of the Morehouse College Alumni Association, Birmingham chapter. Woodfin is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham Class of 2014 and Leadership Alabama Class of 2016. He was a featured speaker at TEDX Birmingham in 2017.
Woodfin was elected mayor of Birmingham on Oct. 3, 2017. He took office on Nov. 28, 2017.
The Thomas C. Steward Distinguished Lecture Series is named in honor of the Rev. Thomas C. Steward, a young white American Missionary Association teacher from Ohio who searched the town of Marion, Ala., for pupils and with the help of the Freedman’s Bureau, opened a school in the city's Old Methodist Church in 1867. Steward was the first principal/president of The Lincoln Normal School of Marion, the institution that would one day become Alabama State University.
For more information, call 334-229-4888.