Albert Domm

Albert Domm

Albert Domm’s bio: I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, at West End Baptist (now Princeton). My father died when I was four, and  I lived with my mother in various housing projects, mainly Central City. I went to Saint Paul’s grade school and John Carroll High School. I graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a BS in chemistry and biology. UAB was good to me in several ways including that that was where I met my wife.  We have five children. I left Birmingham to attend medical school at South Alabama in Mobile. Next was a residency in Pathology at Emory in Atlanta.  I practiced in Georgia until 2002, when we moved to Columbia, Tennessee, where I practice in a group.

What was the fuss all about?

In 1963, I was eleven. I lived in Central City, a housing project in downtown Birmingham, with my mother. This project was all white. The demonstrations were to us an inconvenience. We couldn’t spend Saturday at Woolworths, Kress’ or the other downtown stores. I couldn’t go to the Alabama Theater. I was a member of the “Flying G Club.” This was started by Guaranty Savings and Loan. If you deposited at least twenty-five cents in a savings account you got a ticket to the Alabama Theater to see a morning program that included a show.

Yet one routine stayed, going grocery shopping with my mother on Thursdays. We went to the A &P store on 8th Avenue and 18th Street. We had a small buggy we would roll on the route from our apartment at 6th Terrace between 22nd and 23rd streets to the store. I remember walking by a helmeted National Guard solider with a weapon (a rifle, I think) posted on the corner of 8th Avenue and 19th Street. (more…)