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Friday, September 30, 2005

Flashback Friday - Remembering Michael Figures


As a second installment in our semi-regular "Flashback Friday" features, I will remember the late Michael Figures.

Michael Figures was the most successful black politician of his generation. A successfull attorney in Mobile, Figures beat a white incumbent state senator in 1978. He was re-elected four times and rose to become the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate in 1994.

A close ally of Don Siegelman, Figures was preparing to run for Lieutenant Governor before a brain aneurysm led to his untimely death in September 1996. He almost certainly would have been the Democratic nominee and had a strong chance at becoming the highest profile black elected official in Alabama history.

Figures' wife, Vivian Davis Figures, has taken his place in the State Senate and carries on his legacy.

Though his life was cut short and his potential never fully realized, Michael Figures' dream of a unified, progressive Alabama endures.

(See the first "Flashback Friday" piece -- Remembering Red Blount)

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flashback Friday suggestion for next time: Charles Woods

2:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work » » »

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the post, my father worked with Mr. Figures and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones back in the 70's and 80's, these guys really busted their ass to break into Alabama politics. If only more people, especially teens, knew their story they would be motivated to continue their legacy.

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Figures was a great man, but Jones is just a puppet for Dow

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