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Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick Continue the Legacy of the Magic City Classic Breakfast
By:  Gwen DeRu

With the dedication and support of Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC (WSK) the Annual Magic City Classic Breakfast continues Friday, 7:15 a.m. at the Harbert Center.  Alabama Power Company executive John O. Hudson, III, Alabama A&M University alum and an Alabama A&M board member, is the speaker.

Attorney Kelvin Howard and Attorney Charlie Waldrep, Senior Partner of WSK are proud to host this year’s Magic City Classic breakfast for the first time, which has been sponsored by the Birmingham Business Alliance.

When asked why WSK thought it important to continue the legacy of the Magic City Classic Scholarship Breakfast Attorney Howard stated, “As we come to the close of the 50th year of the Civil Rights Movement, being born and raised in the South, I am aware now more than ever of the importance of all that has been gained as we look forward to another 50 years.“  Howard stated further, “In this spirit, as the Chairman of the African American Business Council I felt compelled to preserve the legacy of this breakfast and what it means to this city, this state and these universities! I am blessed to be in a position to ensure that this breakfast and its traditions continue and I salute my colleagues at WSK for sharing my vision.”

“The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham is not the year to cancel the Magic City Classic,” said Charlie Waldrep.  “The Classic Breakfast has become the ‘kick-off celebration’ to this marquee event that is unrivaled in the South. We are so pleased to build on the excellent foundation provided by the Birmingham Business Alliance as we look to the future. We are already seeing dividends as we anticipate that our sponsors will make a significant contribution possible to the Sickle Cell Foundation from this year’s proceeds.

“The Magic City Classic is a great event for our city,” said John Hudson, a speaker at the breakfast and vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving at Alabama Power Company. “As the largest historically Black college and university football game in the country, it is a win for the universities, the city and most importantly the students.”  John O. Hudson, III brings plenty of credentials to the efforts of the Magic City Classic and the breakfast as President of the Alabama Power Foundation, Vice President Public Relations & Charitable Giving, Executive Director of the Alabama Business Charitable Trust.   Hudson is also an Alabama A & M alumnus and is a member of its Board of Trustees.

Each year, the City of Birmingham welcomes current students, faculty, and alumni of two (2) historically renowned Black universities, Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, and hosts what has become one of the largest, most anticipated yearly events within the City, The Magic City Classic.  WSK is sponsoring and continuing this “kick-off” breakfast, as it has become a part of the “Magic City” tradition!  It is indeed a rich and valuable part of the Birmingham community, and Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC’s commitment to support our City!

Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC is devoted to promoting community programs and events in addition to supporting philanthropic efforts that further strengthen Birmingham.  Members of the WSK, LLC firm can often be found participating in charity events, sitting on numerous boards, contributing to various charities and is known for its efforts in the community. The firm even hosts community events at the WSK offices.  WSK, LLC has been recognized as Top Ranked Law Firm by Martindale-Hubbell. WSK, LLC attorneys have also been named Top Attorneys in Birmingham.

Others that are supporting these efforts include Ronda Robinson, an award winning FOX6 on Your Side Consumer/Investigative reporter for WBRC in Birmingham.  Robinson as the emcee of the breakfast, which will feature, live entertainment, special performances and presentations made by local and national top executives.   Tatyana Ali will be making an appearance at the breakfast.  Others supporting these efforts include Angela Lewis, Catrena Norris Carter, and Natalie Kelley.

Sponsors and supporters include Alabama Power Company, Mayor’s Office City of Birmingham, Miles College, Toyota Green Initiative, Jimmy Hale Mission, Westin Hotel Birmingham, Cumulus Media, What’s Happening Birmingham, The Lewis Group and Birmingham Times.

Join them… “Support the Legacy: Live the Dream”.