Bernard Kincaid

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Bernard Kincaid
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Kincaid (right) with Willie Mays in 2006
26th Mayor of Birmingham
In office
Preceded byRichard Arrington, Jr.
Succeeded byLarry Langford
Personal details
Born (1945-06-05) June 5, 1945 (age 73)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Spouse(s)Alfreda Harris (m. 1972)
Alma materMiles College (BA)
Miami University (MA)
University of Alabama (Ph.D)
Birmingham School of Law (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1962-1965
Battles/warsVietnam War

Bernard Kincaid (born June 5, 1945) is an American politician who is the former Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama USA, elected in 1999. In 2007 he was defeated in a bid for re-election, pulling only 8% of votes in a race won by Jefferson County Commission President Larry Langford.[1]

Kincaid was born in the Birmingham neighborhood of Pratt City to a coal-miner. He began his political career early, being elected president of his fifth-grade class at South Pratt Elementary School. He was also president of the Miles College Student Government Association during his senior year of college. He graduated from Western Olin High School in 1962 and received his undergraduate degree from Miles College in 1970. He went on to earn an M.A. from Miami University in Ohio (1971), a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama (1980), and a J.D from the Birmingham School of Law (1994). He served in the United States Air Force between 1962–66 and was given an honorable discharge.

Kincaid has served as a youth counselor for the Social Security Administration (1970–71), as an educational consultant, assistant professor and as assistant to the Dean of the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1971 to 1995 and Contract Director of Development at Miles College from 1996-97. He was also vice-president and later president of the Ensley Highlands Neighborhood Association and vice-president of the Five Points West community in Birmingham. In 1997 he was elected to represent District 8 in the Birmingham City Council and two years later defeated interim-Mayor William A. Bell in a runoff to become Mayor. Kincaid was also member of the Alabama delegation to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

He is a member of the Metropolitan C.M.E. Church, Ensley and sings in the W. A. Baskerville Gospel Chorus. He is a member of American Legion, Post 1165 and of the Alabama Education Association.

He has sat on the boards of various groups, including the Birmingham Sister City Commission, the Miles College Alumni Association and Booster Club, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the Jefferson County Progressive Democratic Council, Sigma Kappa Delta law association, Glenwood Mental Health Services foundation, the Birmingham Urban League, the Pratt-Ensley Kiwanis Club, and the Birmingham Partnership.

By virtue of his position, he also held positions on the boards of the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, the Birmingham Racing Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Jefferson County Mayors Association, Alabama Conference of Black Mayors, and U.S. Conference of Black Mayors.

Kincaid makes his home in Ensley. He has been married to the former Alfreda Harris since New Year's Eve 1972 and has one daughter, Amy.

Preceded by
William A. Bell (interim)
Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama
1999 — 2007
Succeeded by
Larry Langford


  1. ^ "Langford elected mayor". The Birmingham News. 2007-10-09.