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  1. 1. There were people in my life growing up in Tuskegee who left an eternal-ly positive influence on me. This is a tribute to those individuals to whomI am enormously grateful.DR. GOMILLION WAS ONE OF TUSKEGEES GIANTS THAT I WAS BLESSED TOHAVE KNOWNDr. Charles G. Gomillion One of the most significant US Supreme Courtdecisions of the 20th century was the decree in Gomillion vs. Lightfootin 1960. At the vanguard of this decree was South Carolina nativeCharles G. Gomillion. The decision outlawed gerrymandering as amechanism for altering boundaries in order to minimize votingstrength, thus, disfranchising many people. The case in point wasTuskegee, Alabama, where African-Americans were systematicallystripped of voting power. Gomillion resolved to fight this unfair practiceand he won!Charles G. Gomillion, a native of Johnston (Edgefield County), SouthCarolina overcame many obstacles. He observed that he "had a totalof 26 months of elementary school education." His early schooling con-sisted of three months per year. He worked and persevered, eventuallycompleting high school education at the academy at Paine College. Hisfirst jobs as a hotel cook and local farm hand earned him $4 and $7per week, respectively. Working his way through school and saving asmuch as he could, he graduated BA cum laude, from Paine College
  2. 2. when he was 28 years old. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. form theOhio State University.From 1928-1971, Dr. Gomillion worked at the world famous TuskegeeInstitute in Alabama. He served as professor of Sociology, chairman ofthe Division of Social Sciences, Dean of Students and Dean of the Col-lege of Arts and Sciences. A world renowned scholar, his research andwritings have sparked discussions in academic and lay environments.Among his numerous writings are: 1. "Citizenship! A Challenge toScholarship or the Challenging South:" 2. "The Influence of the Negroon the Culture of the South;" and 3. "The Challenging Civic Role of thePrivate Citizen in the Contemporary South." As a youngster, Dr. Gomil-lions parents admonished him never to disgrace himself and never toignore his responsibilities. They instilled in him that everyone may notlike him, but live so that people must respect him. This legacy waspassed to others. He has always been a good listener and a thoroughresearcher. His sociological theories and advice on race relations havebeen utilized nationwide.Dr. Gomillions indelible imprint on political, civic and educational enti-ties will long be remembered. He has been an active member of manyorganizations, including the NAACP, the Alabama Council, the SouthernRegional Council and the Southern Council Educational Fund. Amonghis honors are: the first Charles S. Johnson Race Relations Award, theLyndon B. Johnson Political Freedom Award, the Sociological PracticeAssociation Distinguished Career Award and the national Omega PsiPhi Fraternity Man of the Year Award. This outstanding scholar, publicservant and civil rights advocate has honorary degrees form HowardUniversity, Ohio State University, Tuskegee Institute and Paine College.ANOTHER OF TUSKEGEES GIANTS THAT I GOT TO KNOW WAS WILLIAM L.DAWSON
  3. 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tBHRB6-0DMWilliam Levi Dawson was born in Anniston, and at the age of thirteenran away from home to enter Tuskegee Institute. Supporting himselfby manual labor, he completed his education there in 1921.He holds degrees in theory and composition from Horner Institute ofFine Arts in Kansas City, MO, and the American Conservatory of Music.He holds honorary doctorates from Tuskegee Institute, Lincoln Univer-sity and Ithaca College.In 1931, he organized the School of Music at Tuskegee, and for twen-ty-five years conducted the one hundred voice Tuskegee Choir. In1932-33, this choir was a main attraction at the grand opening of theRadio City Music Hall in New York.The Tuskegee Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dawson, performed forPresidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dr. Dawson hasmade guest appearances throughout the United States and abroad.He is a recognized authority on the religious folk music of the Ameri-can Negro, and his choral and orchestral arrangements are extensivelyperformed. He composed the "Negro Folk Symphony" which premiered
  4. 4. in 1934 by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of LeopoldStokowski.OH HOW I REMEMBER MR. P.H. POLK - GIANT!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQfhrGeey3A25 November 1898: Born Herman Polk in Bessemer, Alabama, theyoungest of four children (including daughters Mayme, Freddie, andGeorgia) and only son of Jacob Prentice Polk and Christine RomeliaWard.1909: Jacob Prentice Polk dies of black lung disease and Christinemust support the Polk family through her job as a seamstress. Shestarted Polks formal education in the public Hard School in Bessemershortly after his fathers death.
  5. 5. 1911: Sent to the Tuggle Institute, a subsidized boarding school inBirmingham, Alabama, to further his education.1913-1914: Returned home to help Christine financially by working inthe tailoring shop of William A. Freeman.1916-1920: Enrolled first as a night student, and then as a full-timeday student at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute where hestudied photography under C.M.Battey (1873-1927) and became prin-cipal musician in the Institute Band. Upon enrollment, Polk took his fa-thers middle name Prentice and was usually referred to by friends andcolleagues simply as "P.H."1920: Moved to Mobile and then Chickasaw, Alabama to work in theshipyards to raise money to move to Chicago to reunite with his moth-er and sisters.1921: Began correspondence course in photography.1922: Moved to Chicago where he worked as a painter for the PullmanCompany (1922-1926).1926: Started a twenty-month apprenticeship with Fred Jensen, aprominent white photographer in Chicago at the time. Learned re-touching techniques.1927: Moved in October with his wife and his son, Prentice, back toTuskegee, Alabama to open a private portrait studio (Polks Studio).Polk would father nine children in all.The Spinning Wheel was commis-sioned by Princes Magazine. Began photographing the "Old Charac-ters."1928: Became a faculty member in the Photography
  6. 6. Division of Tuskegee Institute as well as theassistant to the Division Head and Official University Photographer,Leonard G. Hyman (born 1895).1933: Named the third head of the Photography Division at TuskegeeInstitute.1938: Left Tuskegee Institute to open a portrait studio in Atlanta,Georgia. His work is selected for the Southeastern Photographers Con-vention (Atlanta) and won three awards.1939-1984: He accepted and retained the position as Official Photog-rapher of Tuskegee Institute (now University).1930s-1950s: Completed the George Washington Carver series. Polksinterest in rural Alabama and its inhabitants can be seen through hiswork during this time. Polk photographed all dignitaries visitingTuskegee Institute, such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vice-Presi-dent Henry Wallace, Eleanor Roosevelt, W. C. Handy, Paul Robeson,Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others.1941-1945: Polk photographed the progress of the Tuskegee Airmen, afamous group of young African-American pilots who trained at theTuskegee campus and formed the 99th and 100th Pursuit Squadronsduring World War II.1945: Purchased his home on Washington Avenue and set up his pri-vate studio at that address.1947: Completed a seven-week course at the Professional Photogra-phers School in Winona, Indiana.
  7. 7. 1960s: Polk documented life at Tuskegee including 1965 studentprotests, visiting civil rights leaders, and the March from Selma toMontgomery.1974: Exhibited at the Museum of Natural History, New York City.1975: Received the Alpha XI Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Award. Exhibitedat the George Washington Carver Museum, Tuskegee, Alabama.1976: Exhibited at the Washington Gallery of Photography, Washing-ton, D.C., and the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York City.1977: Exhibited in group showing of black American photographers atthe House of Friendship, Soviet Union and for FESTAC 77 in Lagos,Nigeria.1978: Exhibited at the Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.1979: Honored with the National Conference of Artists Award.1980: Won the Black Photographers Annual Testimonial Award. NexusPress in Atlanta published the portfolio edition, P.H. Polk Photographs ,to wide acclaim. Exhibited at the Pyramid Gallery of Art, Detroit, Michi-gan. Received Tuskegee Institutes Alumni Merit Award and Black Pho-tographers Association Award.1981: Received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship inphotography. Major exhibition of his work shown at the Corcoran Mu-seum of Art in Washington, D.C. And Douglas Elliot Gallery in SanFrancisco. Presented lecture on his work at the International Center ofPhotography, New York City.1982: Exhibited at the California Museum of Afro-American History,Los Angeles, and the Ledel Gallery, New York City.
  8. 8. 1983: Honored guest at the launching of the Space Shuttle Challengerwith first African-American astronaut, Guion (Guy) Bluford on board.Polks photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt and Chief Anderson was dis-played at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL during the-launch. Exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Al-abama.29 December 1984: Prentice Herman Polk died in Tallassee, Alabamaand was buried in the Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery.MR. WILLIAM CHILDShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGE7BLM4Qso&feature=relatedMr. Childs - a Tuskegee Airmen, America’s black fighter-pilot unit inWW II, was honored at the White House for their service. PresidentGeorge Bush awarded a Congressional Gold Medal—the highest andmost distinguished award the Congress has for civilians.Over the course of the war, there were 994 pilots trained at the armyair field in Tuskegee, Ala., Today, there are only a few hundred of theairmen left, and several of them live in the Triangle.“They are the greatest fliers this nation has ever seen. Mr. Childs wasknown as "Wild Bill"I WILL NEVER FORGET CHIEF ALFRED ANDERSON
  9. 9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMXbodjsUpg&feature=relatedC. Alfred “Chief” Anderson spent at least six decades training andmentoring countless African American aviators. Interested in flyingfrom a young age, he saved enough money by the time he was 20 totake flying lessons, but he could not find a school that would accept ablack student. With his savings and some borrowed money, he boughthis own plane and begged for lessons from any pilot who would listen.He finally found an instructor in Ernest Buehl, a German World War Ipilot who had emigrated to the United States. Anderson earned his Pri-vate Pilot Certificate in 1929, and in 1932 he became the first black toreceive his Transport License. He became friends with Dr. Albert E.Forsythe and taught Forsythe to fly. Together, in 1934, they were thefirst black pilots to make a round-trip transcontinental flight.In 1939 Anderson initiated the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT) atHoward University. Soon he was hired to be the first African Americanpilot instructor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which had the largestCPT program for blacks.He was an inspiring instructor. Although many thought it couldn’t bedone, “Chief” created expert pilots at Tuskegee. As the chief civilian
  10. 10. flight instructor at Tuskegee, Anderson was known and loved by thethousands of pilots he trained during his 53 years as an instructor.The most famous photograph of “Chief” Anderson shows him smilingfrom the cockpit of his plane, as a beaming Eleanor Roosevelt sits be-hind him. The photograph was taken in 1941 during Mrs. Roosevelt’sfact-finding trip to Tuskegee. As First Lady, Mrs. Roosevelt did much topromote the cause of equal opportunity for black Americans. Over theSecret Service’s objections, she flew with Anderson to show her sup-port for the Tuskegee program. According to Anderson, the Army AirCorps began training blacks several days after Mrs. Roosevelt’s flight.PRESIDENT LUTHER H. FOSTER - GIANT
  11. 11. Luther H. Foster is recognized as one of the outstanding educators inAmerica. Beginning in 1941 he served at Tuskegee Institute as busi-ness manager and as president. In addition he was a member of thevisiting committee for the Department and Graduate School of Educa-tion, University of Chicago; the Southern Regional Education Board;the National Commission for Cooperative Education; and the OverseasDevelopment Committee.Dr. Fosters activities in the field of education extended beyond theUnited States; he served on the Consultive Committee on Education inAfrica, the Committee to Study Rural Education in Africa, the Presiden-ts Advisory Commission on International Educational and Cultural Ex-change, and the Presidents General Advisory Committee on ForeignAssistance Programs. He was also decorated by the Liberian govern-ment.In addition to earning degrees from Virginia State College, HamptonInstitute, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago, he re-ceived honorary degrees from Adams State College, the University ofLiberia, the University of Michigan, Colley College, and Loyola Universi-ty of Chicago.DR. ALBERT MURRAY - GIANThttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIlB_R9eftk
  12. 12. Murray, Albert (b. 1916), essayist, novelist, and cultural critic. AlbertMurray’s contribution to African-American literature has established thevalue and importance of the "blues idiom as the basis for approachinglife as an African American.Born in Nokomis, Alabama, on May 12, 1916, Murray received his BSfrom Tuskegee Institute in 1939. He joined the Air Force in 1943 andretired with the rank of major in 1962. During his period in the service,Murray earned his MA from New York, University (1948) and taught lit-erature and composition to civilians and soldiers both in the UnitedStates and abroad.The Omni-Americans (1970), Murray’s first book, contains reviews, es-says, and commentaries that engage and challenge the predominantframeworks within which matters of "race and culture were then beingdiscussed. Critiquing what he called "the folklore of white supremacyand the fake lore of black pathology," the book argues that all Ameri-cans are multicolored and that social scientific attempts to explain
  13. 13. black life in America are fundamentally mistaken. His next book, Southto a Very Old Place (1971), extends that argument with a series ofmemoirs, interviews, and reports that document the positive nurturingaspects of the African-American community in the South.In 1972, Albert Murray was invited to give the Paul Anthony Brick Lec-tures on Ethics at the University of Missouri. These lecturers were pub-lished as The Hero and the Blues (1973). Here Murray develops hisconcept of literature in the blues idiom, a theory he eloquently prac-ticed in the novel "Train Whistle Guitar (1974)," which won the LillianSmith Award for Southern Fiction. The hero of this novel received fromhis family and neighbors in the segregated South the cultural equip-ment necessary for leading a successful life-a sense of fundamental in-dividual worth combined with community responsibility akin to the re-lationship between the improvising jazz soloist and the supportingband.In 1976, Murray turned the concept of the blues idiom back on itself,writing perhaps the best book ever published on jazz aesthetics,Stomping the Blues, Murray collaborated with Court Basie on his auto-biography, Good Morning, Blues (1985), and in 1991 published TheSpyglass Tree, the long-awaited sequel to his first novel. A catalog es-say on the paintings of Romare Bearden (Romare Bearden, Finding theRhythm, 1991) extends Murray’s concepts of improvisation, rhythm,and synthesis even to the realm of the visual arts.MRS. CATHERINE MOTON PATTERSON - CLASSY GIANT
  14. 14. Catherine Elizabeth Moton, daughter of Tuskegee Universitys secondpresident, Dr. Robert R. Moton and wife of Dr. Frederick Douglass Pat-terson.In 1891, her father Robert Moton was appointed commandant of themale student cadet corps at Hampton Institute. In 1915, after thedeath of Dr. Booker T. Washington, he succeeded Washington as theprincipal of the Tuskegee Institute, a position he held until retirementin 1935. Moton Field, the initial training base for the Tuskegee Airmenwas named after him.Dr. Patterson, Catherines husband studied at Iowa State College,where he received a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1923 and amaster of science degree in 1927. He was awarded a second doctoratedegree from Cornell University.Patterson taught veterinary science for four years at Virginia State Col-lege, where he was also Director of Agriculture. His tenure at TuskegeeUniversity started in 1928 and spanned almost 25 years: first as Headof the veterinary division, director of the School of Agriculture and fi-nally as Tuskegees third president.Patterson founded the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee in1944, the year he also founded the United Negro College Fund.MR. CHARLIE POLLARD - BIGGEST OF THEM ALL
  15. 15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TqrHiO5GwUSurvivor of the The Tuskegee syphilis experiment. Conducted between1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama, by the U.S. Public Health Ser-vice. Investigators recruited 399 impoverished African-Americansharecroppers with syphilis for research related to the natural progres-sion of the untreated disease, in hopes of justifying treatment pro-grams for blacks.The 40-year study was controversial for reasons related to ethicalstandards, primarily because researchers failed to treat patients ap-propriately after the 1940s validation of penicillin as an effective curefor the disease. Revelation of study failures led to major changes inU.S. law and regulation on the protection of participants in clinicalstudies, including the necessity for informed consent, communicationof diagnosis, and accurate reporting of test results.When the study began in 1932, standard medical treatments forsyphilis were toxic, dangerous, and of questionable effectiveness. Partof the study goal was to determine if patients were better off not beingtreated with such toxic remedies. Additionally, researchers wanted tounderstand each stage of the disease in hopes of developing suitabletreatments for each.
  16. 16. By 1947 penicillin had become the standard treatment for syphilis.Rather than treat all syphilitic subjects and close the study, or split offa control group for testing penicillin, the Tuskegee scientists continuedthe study, withholding penicillin and information about it. Participantswere prevented from accessing syphilis treatment programs availableto others in the area. The study continued until 1972, when a leak tothe press resulted in its termination. Victims included numerous menwho died of syphilis, wives who contracted the disease from them, andchildren born with congenital syphilis.The Tuskegee Syphilis Study, cited as "arguably the most infamousbiomedical research study in U.S. history, led to the 1979 Belmont Re-port and the establishment of the Office for Human Research Protec-tions. It also led to federal regulation requiring Institutional ReviewBoards for protection of human subjects in studies involving humansubjects. The Office for Human Research Protections manages this re-sponsibility within the US Department of Health and Human Services.Charlie Pollard died in 2000.COL. HERBERT E. CARTER - ANOTHER GIANThttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQHeiJobsUk&feature=related
  17. 17. Herbert E. Carter, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, retiredis a veteran fighter pilot and was a member of the original cadre of the99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskegees Airmen). He flew combat missionsduring the North African, Sicilian, Italian and European campaigns ofWorld War II. During an 18 months combat tour, he flew 77 opera-tional missions against the German and Italian Air Forces. His unit, the99th Fighter Squadron and other squadrons of the 332nd FighterGroup compiled an outstanding record of performance in tactical airand ground support of Allied Armies, including destroying 17 German
  18. 18. aircraft over Anzio Beach during the Allied Forces invasion of NorthernItaly.During his military career Col. Carter flew five different types of fighteraircraft, including the Mach II F-106 Fighter Interceptor. His assign-ments Includes: Fighter Pilot, European theater 1943-45, Group Main-tenance Officer 332nd Fighter-Bomber Group, Lockbourne AFB Ohio1945-48, Flight Test Maintenance Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio1948-50, Professor Air Science and Commander, AFROTC Detachment15, Tuskegee Institute 1950-55, Deputy Director Military AdvisoryGroup to German Air Force 1955-59, Chief of Maintenance 27th FighterInterceptor Squadron, Loring AFB Maine 1963-65 and Professor,Aerospace Studies AFROTC Detachment 15 Tuskegee Institute1965-69.His military decoration include the Air Medal with four clusters, AirForce Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, EuropeanTheater Medal with five Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal and theAir Force Longevity Medal.Lt. Col. Carter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from TuskegeeInstitute 1955 and a Master Degree in Education In 1969.After his Air Force retirement, Col Carter served at Tuskegee Instituteas Associate Dean for Student Services, Associate Dean for Admissionand Recruiting, Financial Aid Counselor, and is presently President ofthe Tuskegee Chapter of TAI.MR. EDWARD A. GIBBS - BIG!!http://www.blackwingsonline.com
  19. 19. In his short life, Edward A. Gibbs played an important role in increas-ing opportunities for African Americans in aviation. In the 1940s, hetaught those who became Tuskegee Airmen. In 1967 he founded, andserved as the first president of the Negro Airmen International (NAI).From a handful of black flyers, the organization has now grown to in-clude 31 chapters and hundreds of members.MR. MILAN WILLIAMShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbEIzD4Ip_AMilan B. Williams came from Mississippi and began playing the pianoafter watching his older brother Earl, who was a multi-instrumentalist.Prior to joining The Commodores, Milan did his keyboard-wizardry in arivaling band called The Jays. When The Jays disbanded, Milan was re-cruited. He was in the very first edition of The Commodores and in1969 traveled with the group to New York, where they recorded a sin-gle called "Keep On Dancing" on Atlantic Records.Among the tracks Milan wrote are The Commodores first hit record"Machine Gun", "The Bump", "Rapid Fire", "Im Ready", "Better NeverThan Forever", "Mary Mary", "Quick Draw", "Patch It Up", "X-RatedMovie", "Wonderland", "Old-Fashion Love" and "Only You" (a track Mi-lan also produced, taken from The Commodores first Richie-less LP"13" in 1983).
  20. 20. In addition, Milan penned "You Dont Know That I Know", "Lets GetStarted", "Brick House", "Too Hot Ta Trot" (with the group), "I FeelSanctified" (with the group and Jeffrey Bowen), "Gonna Blow YourMind" (with Walter Orange) and "Lay Back" (with Dennis Lambert,Franne Gold and Martin Page). Milan, together with James AnthonyCarmichael, produced "I Wanna Rock You" (co-written by Milan with K.Cover) and "Aint Givin Up" with Hawk Wolinski, a track written by Mi-lan, Tyron Stanton and Paula E. Smith.Milan left the Commodores in 1989, allegedly after refusing to performwith them in South Africa.Judge Theodore R. NewmanJudge Theodore R. Newman, Jr. was appointed to the District ofColumbia Court of Appeals in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford. Hewas designated to serve two four- year terms as Chief Judge of theCourt of Appeals from 1976 to 1984 and assumed Senior Judge statusin 1991 after serving as an Associate Judge from 1984 to 1991.
  21. 21. Judge Newman was born in Birmingham and raised in Tuskegee, Al-abama. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts in1951. He then graduated from Brown University in 1955, with a Bach-elor of Arts degree in philosophy and received his J.D.degree from Har-vard Law School in 1958, with a concentration in constitutional law andjurisprudence.Following law school, Judge Newman served a three-year tour of dutywith the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate stationed in France. Hethen served as an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the Depart-ment of Justice from September 1961 to August 1962 before enteringthe private practice of law as an associate with the firm of Houston,Bryant & Gardner in the District of Columbia. In 1968, Judge Newmanleft Houston, Bryant & Gardner to become a partner in the firm ofPratt, Bowers & Newman, also in the District of Columbia, a positionthat concluded with his appointment to the Superior Court of the Dis-trict of Columbia in 1970. Judge Newman served as an Associate Judgeon the Superior Court until his appointment to the Court of Appeals inOctober 1976.Judge Newman is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation of theAmerican Bar Association. He formerly held the following positions:Trustee of Brown University; President of the National Center for StateCourts; and Chairman of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Asso-ciation. Judge Newman served as a visiting lecturer, Harvard LawSchool, Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Law, and Ad-junct Professor, Georgetown Law Center. He was awarded an honoraryDoctor of Laws (LL.D.) by Brown University in June 1980. In 1984, hereceived the highest award of the National Bar Association, the C.Francis Stradford Award, for his outstanding service in the struggle forequal justice. In 1988, he was awarded the highest award of the Judi-cial Council of the National Bar Association, the William H. HastieAward, for his contribution to insuring justice for all people.
  22. 22. Sheriff Lucius Amersonhttp://www.sheriffamerson.com/background.htmlAs First Black Sheriff In the South Since Reconstruction, Amerson’selection in the spring of 1966 was as a result of: the newly passedVoter’s Right Act of 1965, overwhelming support from student activistsat Tuskegee University, and residents of rural Macon County.
  23. 23. Sheriff “Amos”, as citizens of the rural communities called him, was aKorean war veteran who became known for his “no-nonsense” and “upin your face” style of law enforcement. He won the respect of blackand white citizens for his commitment to enforce the law fairly andequally regardless of color.During Amerson’s first term in office, he was immediately challengedby Jim Crow loyalists when he arrested a white Police Chief and awhite Alabama State Trooper for beating an unarmed Negro man. Bothwhite officers were subsequently brought to trial.Sheriff Amerson’s election drew local and national interest. Numerousmedia outlets covered his election as well as his first three terms in of-fice. He was featured on the cover of Jet Magazine’s March 30, 1967edition as well as the Alabama Sheriffs Star Magazine’s summer 1983edition.Sheriff Amerson served five four-year terms. The late Hattie SimmonsWest Kelly, Retired Dean of Women [Tuskegee Institute] summed upthe sentiments of many Negroes during his first term in office by say-ing “ We are proud of our sheriff because he’s not afraid of anything oranybody”. Sheriff Amerson died of natural causes in 1994 at his homein Tuskegee, Alabama.Before his death, Sheriff Amerson penned several chapters to hiseventual autobiography. His son Anthony E. has picked up where hisfather left off and completed the book in December 2003. Whenyounger Amerson is asked about his motivation for documenting hisfather’s story, his response is “Who else is going to tell our stories ifwe don’t? It is my hope that my dad’s story will bring more balance toour recorded history and that it will inspire our youth to maintain thepursuit for equality.”
  24. 24. Sheriff Amerson was a founding member of The National OrganizationOf Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E).

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