Carol Edge

Carol Edge

Carol Edge holds Birmingham and Alabama dear in her heart despite not living there since 1969. Retired from a career as an editor, she writes fiction, memoir, and essay. Her first mystery novel (Blood Terminal, C.C. Edge, 2022), was named first runner-up in the mystery category in the 2023 Eric Hoffer Awards. For more information, visit

Rocketed by the experience of growing up in Birmingham

Everyone knows the history, knows that Birmingham was aka the most segregated city in the nation, knows that Birmingham was aka Bombingham, and if they don’t know the litany of events in 1963 — well, they ought to.

American history is yoked to civil rights history. It’s what we’re founded on, what we have grandly succeeded at and dismally failed at.

Birmingham is not just in the Heart of Dixie, it is smack at the heart of our Great American Paradox, a constant tug of war between civil rights and civil wrongs.

Birmingham was, as has been said, ground zero of the civil rights movement in 1963; it was also ground zero for my coming of age. A time and place so fraught with momentous events and emotions, from the most personal to the most worldly, that a 17 year old could be rocketed through a lifetime of experience simply by paying attention.

Maybe I paid too much attention.