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Larry Langford

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Commissioner
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Cookies, Peanut Butter, Jelly
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Believe You Can Or Can't, You're Right.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Commissioner
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Cookies, Peanut Butter, Jelly
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
If You Believe You Can Or Can't, You're Right.

Birthplace

Born:
3/17/1948
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Political leader, former mayor of Fairfield, Alabama, and mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, Larry Paul Langford was born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 17, 1948, to Lillian and John Langford. Langford graduated from Parker High School and received his B.A. degree in social and behavioral science from the University of Alabama in 1972. Langford was also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Miles College and completed studies at Harvard University in public policy.

After a short stint in the United States Air Force, Langford began his career as a television reporter for WBRC-6 and later worked in public relations for a Birmingham beer distributor before beginning his career in politics. In 1979, Langford joined the Birmingham City Council after an unsuccessful run for mayor of Birmingham. In 1982, Langford moved to Fairfield, Alabama, where he was elected mayor. He held the office for fourteen years, and in 1997, played a major role in the effort to build Vision Land Theme Park (which is now known as Alabama Adventure) to boost Alabama tourism.

After his tenure as mayor, Langford was elected in 2002 to the Jefferson County Commission, where he served as Commission President and Commissioner of Finance and General Services. While working with the Commission, Langford spearheaded nearly seventy public initiatives, including a sales tax to support school construction and a four day work week for county employees. Langford was re-elected as commissioner in 2006, after which he led efforts to bring an NBA team to the Birmingham area. In 2007, Langford was elected the thirtieth mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. After his election, Langford remained active in the Scared Heart of Jesus, teaching bible study; he and his wife, Melva, had a son and two grandsons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Larry Langford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Larry Langford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larry Langford describes his parents' family backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Larry Langford lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larry Langford describes his mother's community service
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larry Langford remembers his community in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larry Langford describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larry Langford talks about his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larry Langford describes his high school experiences in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larry Langford remembers living in public housing in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larry Langford recalls his experiences in college and the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larry Langford talks about reporting for WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larry Langford recalls serving on the city council in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larry Langford remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larry Langford recalls his mayoral election in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larry Langford describes his achievements as the mayor of Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larry Langford recalls his service on the Jefferson County Commission
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larry Langford reflects upon the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Larry Langford remembers the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Larry Langford reflects upon the importance of material goods
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Larry Langford reflects upon Christianity in the 21st century
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larry Langford remembers his baptism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larry Langford talks about the personal impact of his religious faith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larry Langford describes his decision to become Catholic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larry Langford describes his skepticism of community organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larry Langford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larry Langford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larry Langford shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larry Langford reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larry Langford narrates his photographs