Newton remembered as fair man by Ala. legislators
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and members of the state Legislature say
they remember Representative Demetrius Newton as a true gentleman and
an effective public servant.
Newton died Wednesday after a long
illness. He was the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of
the Alabama House. Newton was also a civil rights attorney in Birmingham
during the turbulent 1960s.
Bentley served for eight years with
Newton in the House. Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard said newton
was “an intelligent, fair and kind man.”
Hubbard and President
emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Charles
Steele, say Newton's impact on the Civil Rights Movement will be a
powerful part of Alabama history.
Democratic State Rep. Alvin Holmes says the state lost “a great public servant” with Newton's death.