Dear LWVGB Members and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that we report that Ruth J. Wright, Life Member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham, has passed away. She died peacefully last night, January 18, 2017, at Brookwood Hospital due to respiratory complications. She was 93 years old. Ruth was an active leader in both the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and of Alabama. She was a champion of the League and for all citizens of our community and state.
Ruth was the go-to person for LWVGB in the 1970s and '80s on the environment and conservation of natural resources. She worked to preserve our air and water quality and for wise land use. Ruth was particularly concerned about the land-transport of hazardous materials, especially nuclear materials, across Jefferson County and other Alabama counties.
In the 1990s Ruth focused on public transit in the Greater Birmingham area, and worked tirelessly, along with another League champion, Jessie Tehranchi, to try to make good public transportation available to all.
Ruth worked to improve the fairness and efficiency of local government. She was a League leader in advocating for the County Manager in Jefferson County, a position that was created in 2009 and filled in 2011 by then Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos.
These are just highlights of Ruth’s many works. There is virtually no public issue in which she was not involved. For decades she was a regular observer of the Jefferson County Commission and the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and an advocate for League issues in Jefferson County and in Montgomery. Ruth participated in many local and state League studies - wrote study plans, participated in the research, and often drafted League positions following member consensus. She served on the Board of Directors of both the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham and of Alabama.
We wanted you to be aware of the many, many contributions she made to the League of Women Voters, information that might not be included in her obituary. She will be deeply missed as a friend and a League colleague.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Nina Wright. We will keep you informed of any plans for a memorial service or suggested memorial gifts.
p.s. This news does not pertain to Ruth L. Wright, also a champion of the League of Women Voters, who is doing well. Ruth L. Wright is a leader of the LWV of East Alabama and LWV of Alabama.
LWVGB Annual Holiday Luncheon
Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
1 Robert S. Smith Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
T. K. Thorne
Last Chance for Justice:
How Relentless Investigators
Uncovered New Evidence Convicting
the Birmingham Church Bombers
INVESTIGATION OF THE 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH BOMBING COMES TO LIGHT
Author T. K. Thorne is a compelling storyteller and a meticulous historian. That is why the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham welcomed Thorne as guest speaker at this year’s LWVGB Holiday Luncheon. The luncheon was held on December 3rd at The Club atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain.
Readers can learn more about T. K. and all of her books at https://tkthorne.com/books/ Get Last Chance for Justice at https://tkthorne.com/books/last-chance-for-justice/ It is a must-read for students of history and especially the struggle for Civil Rights.
We thank T.K. Thorne for sharing this history and her personal story with us, and Laura Parenteau, for making the books available to League members and assisting her sis T. K.. We also thank LWVGB member Seth Johnson and wife April Smoke Johnson for hosting this 2016 Holiday Luncheon at The Club. We enjoyed a delicious feast and a grand view of our Magic City! And thank you also to Ida Tyree-Hyche, Esq. with assistance from LWVGB VP Arlene Godwin for event photos! See more photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lwvgb/albums/72157675721938252.