The League History
In the general election, the League endorsed the Humphrey- Muskie ticket.
Mr. Henry Jones qualified as the first Negro candidate in the history of Opelika to seek the commission post; the League supported him. In 1970, Mr. William Harper qualified for Place 2 on the Democratic Committee.
Mr. Philipp Tillman, qualified for Place 2 on the Democratic Executive Committee.
Mr. J.C. Moore, was elected president, he served only five months; he was called to work out of the states. On May 3, 1976, Mr. Albert Chambers was elected president, and served until his health failed. Mr. Hardin Jackson was elected president in 1993, and served until his death in April 1998. Mr. Jesse Seroyer, Jr. was elected in June 1998.
The Lee County NAACP, the Lee County Voters League, the ADC, and certain private citizens (Mrs. Mary Frazier Hunter, Mrs. Pearlie Mae Hutchinson, and Rev. R.L. Harrington) filed a civil suit in Federal Court (U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Eastern Division) requesting that the Commission form of government be abandoned.
The Consent Decree between the Lee County NAACP and the City of Opelika required the City of Opelika to adopt either a mayor-council or manager council form of government.
A referendum changed the Commission form of government with 2,198 votes for and 1,585 votes against the manager council form of government.
the first two Black men ( John Harris and George Bandy) and a White woman ( Mrs. Anne Grady) were elected to the Opelika City Council.
The first diversified City Council uncovered separate breakrooms in the Public Work Department and dismantled this humiliating practice.
The first diversified City Council corrected a discriminatory retirement policy enacted in 1963 that denied laborers and janitors the right to participate in the Retirement System.
The first diversified City Council appointed the first Black female ( Mrs. Birdie Peterson) to the Opelika City School board, which later became the first Black to be elected chairman of the Board.
The first diversified City Council enacted an Affirmative Action Plan that led to the hiring and promotions of Blacks and females who were left out and overlooked.
The first diversified City Council adopted a comprehensive Road Plan and a Drainage and Sewer Plan, which both led to many economic and public work improvements.
The first Black female ( Ms. Patricia A. Jones) was elected to the Opelika City Council.
The first female ( Mrs. Barbara H. Patton) was elected Mayor of Opelika.