Montgomery, Alabama (AP)-Former state legislature Alvin Holmes, who had been the longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives before the 2018 defeat, has died. He was 81 years old.
Alabama House spokesman Clay Redden confirmed Holmes’ death on Saturday.
Holmes, one of the first African-Americans to be elected to the Alabama Legislature after the civil rights era, has been a state capitol fixture for decades. His political career included fighting over issues ranging from removing Jim Crow from the State Constitution to removing the Confederate flag from the Alabama Legislature. With his trademark candidness, he made a fuss at humorous and sometimes controversial moments.
Holmes was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1974. This was only four years after African-Americans, who had not served since the reconstruction, returned to Congress.
“I came to the State Capitol from the civil rights movement. I said I wanted to go there and make a difference,” Holmes said after the 2018 defeat.
Holmes promotes establishing Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday and hiring African-Americans for a profession in the Alabama Legislature for his most proud achievements. Said that it would be included.
He was one of the lawmakers who fought to remove the Confederate battle ensign from the dome of the Alabama Legislature, which previously flew as a symbol of southern rebellion against integration. He sponsored a constitutional amendment to lift the ban on interracial marriage from the Constitution of Alabama and failed for years to include sexual orientation in the state’s hate crime law.
Speaker of the House Mack McCutcheon said Holmes is a defender of civil rights and all taxpayers.
“He stood up to ensure that African Americans were treated fairly and taxes were used wisely. Congressman Holmes was sometimes strong and could not justify the issue he was passionate about. There was, but no one doubted his integrity. I’m proud to call him a friend, “McCatchon said.
Short, mustache-bearing Holmes had a talent for humor and dullness in house mics. He said it was a skill that was sometimes deliberately developed to draw attention to the problem.
In the middle of a floor debate, Holmes once said he would withdraw a wad of cash and give $ 700 to anyone who showed a passage in the Bible stating that marriage was only between men and women. The challenge caused a flood of calls to the switchboard of the State Capitol.
“What’s wrong with the beer we got? The beer we drank is pretty good, isn’t it?” He also said more during the bill debate promoted by beer lovers. I have been asked to allow the sale of high alcohol content beer.
Christopher England, who also chairs the Alabama Democratic Party, said Holmes was a great Democrat and fighter.
“He was at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and was willing to sacrifice everything in the battle for justice for all …. Alabama lost the giant. , Intelligence, fearlessness, selfless determination, and leadership will be severely lost. ”
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Alvin Holmes died at the age of 81.Served for decades at Alabama House
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