HISTORY + HERITAGE
The Sheriff Without A Gun
February 20, 2013
Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Gilmore, the first black sheriff elected in Greene County, Alabama, in 1970, will talk about his journey to public office. Because of his belief in nonviolence, he put his weapon aside and became known as the "sheriff without a gun.'' He was sheriff for 12 years.
1963 the world turned its attention to Birmingham, Alabama as peaceful civil rights demonstrators faced police dogs and fire hoses in a battle for freedom and equality. Later that year four girls died in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. "It was the year of Birmingham," Martin Luther King, Jr. said at the time. Today, Birmingham is now recognized around the world as a symbol of both racial intolerance and racial reconciliation. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Birmingham's civil rights struggle, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring the Year of Birmingham, a 12-month series of lectures, documentary films, performances and panel discussions.