By Representatives Boyd, Baker, Ball, Bandy, Barton, Baughn, Beckman, Beech, Black, Boman, Boothe, Bracy, Bridges, Brown, Burdine, Buskey, Butler, Buttram, Carns, Chesteen, Clouse, Coleman-Evans, Collins, Colston, Davis, DeMarco, Drake, England, Farley, Faust, Fincher, Ford, Forte, Gaston, Givan, Greer, Greeson, Grimsley, Hall, Hammon, Harper, Henry, Hill, Holmes, Howard, Hubbard (J), Hubbard (M), Hurst, Ison, Jackson, Johnson (K), Johnson (R), Johnson (W), Jones, Knight, Laird, Lee, Lindsey, Long, Love, Mask, McAdory, McCampbell, McClammy, McClendon, McClurkin, McCutcheon, McMillan, Melton, Merrill, Millican, Mitchell, Moore (B), Moore (M), Morrow, Newton (C), Newton (D), Nordgren, Patterson, Payne, Poole, Rich, Roberts, Robinson (J), Robinson (O), Rogers, Sanderford, Scott, Sessions, Shedd, Shiver, Standridge, Todd, Treadaway, Tuggle, Vance, Wallace, Warren, Weaver, Williams (D), Williams (J), Williams (P), Wood and Wren
Rd 1 20-MAY-13
MOURNING THE DEATH OF REVEREND NIMROD Q. REYNOLDS.
WHEREAS, it is with an overwhelming sense of loss that we mourn the death of Reverend Nimrod Q. Reynolds of Anniston, Alabama, on May 12, 2013, at the age of 82 years; and
WHEREAS, his passing leaves a void in the lives of his loving family and his many friends; he was among the titans of the struggle for equal rights as well as a dedicated pastor who preached his first sermon in 1949; and
WHEREAS, born on April 30, 1931, in Chambers County, Alabama, he earned a Bachelor's Degree from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia; Master's Degree from the International Theological Seminary; and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesleyan Theological Seminary at American University in Washington, D.C.; and
WHEREAS, among the highlights of his role as a Civil Rights pioneer, he was attacked and beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan as he attempted to check out a book from the Public Library in Anniston in September 1963 when Blacks were not allowed to utilize the library's resources; and
WHEREAS, he went on to roles of leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, including serving as EEOC officer with the Community Action Agency, in key positions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as a member of the Human Relations Council, and as chairman of the Anniston Improvement Association; and
WHEREAS, in 1967, he integrated Tenth Street Elementary School with his two children, the only Blacks in the school at that time; in 1972, he sued the school board and forced desegregation; and in 1976, he was elected the first Black president of the Anniston City Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Reynolds is credited with being one of the influential leaders who worked diligently to implement peaceful change in the City of Anniston during the turbulent Civil Rights era; and
WHEREAS, among his well-deserved recognitions, he was honored in January 2012 by The University of Alabama for his work in Civil Rights and in June 2012 by the Alabama Black Achievers; and
WHEREAS, his devout service as a minister encompassed 48 years as pastor of the 17th Street Baptist Church, where he shepherded the church's growth both spiritually and structurally to its standing as a pillar of faith in the community; and
WHEREAS, he was married for 47 years to the late Lue Nell Todd Reynolds and their union was blessed with a daughter, Tammye Quinnell, and son, Andre'deKoven; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Reynolds dedicated his life to the service of God and mankind, and few individuals have surpassed the extent of his far-reaching contributions to the struggle for equal rights; although his presence will be greatly missed, his legacy will endure and his memory will be cherished in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know him; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That the death of Reverend Nimrod Q. Reynolds is recorded with deep sadness, and this resolution is offered in highest tribute to his life and with heartfelt sympathy to his family, whose grief is shared by many.