Our opinion: Selma continues rebuild from 2023 tornado

Published 2:21 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Selma continues to recover from the tornado that devastated parts of the city on Jan. 12, 2023.

On Jan. 30, Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. and Selma Housing Authority (SHA) CEO Kennard Randolph announced a 27-unit home development project planned to revitalize neighborhoods affected by the tornado alongside Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) CEO Bruce Marks.

We are glad to see the city and SHA work so well together in their effort to rebuild the Queen City. Both sides admitted they are not alone in their quest and we agree. We applaud the efforts of city planning and development director Danielle Wooten, Foot Soldiers CEO Kimberly Smitherman and Ward 6 city councilman Atkin Jemison.

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We appreciate Perkins and Randolph for acknowledging the people working alongside them to help rebuild Selma. To use an old sports cliche, “teamwork makes dreamwork.”  A strong team often wins championships, a formula that worked with former Alabama football coach Nick Saban. 

The same thing can happen with rebuilding Selma. It just takes time.