Mark Gilmore, Jr.
For more than 35 years, Gilmore was an employee of the State of Alabama in Secretary of State’s Office. He served under the administration of six Governors and Secretaries of State during his career.
Gilmore first entered the public eye in 1957, when as a teenager he was beaten in the then-segregated Oak Park for taking a shortcut home to Dericote Street. His mother, Georgia T. Gilmore, was a stalwart in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Mr. Gilmore watched her and friends conduct the meeting of the “Club from Nowhere” which raised money for the private cars that took hundreds of Black men and women to and from work during the year-long struggle for justice during the Bus Boycott.
Mark Gilmore was born on September 22, 1939 in Montgomery, Alabama to Henry Merritt and Georgia Theresa Gilmore. In 1962 he married Annie Ruth Steiner. He attended the St. John the Baptist Catholic elementary School and received his high school diploma from Booker T. Washington School, in Montgomery, Alabama. At Jefferson County State Vocation School in Birmingham, Alabama, he furthered his education in the fields of Business Management and Community Relations. On June, 22 1986, he received the Honorary Doctorate of Humanity Degree from the Interdenominational Institute of Theology. On May 13, 1987, Dr. Gilmore received the Honorary Doctor of Humanity Degree from Selma University in Selma, Alabama. He also received the Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree and a Doctorate of Humanity Degree from Tennessee State University, and the Honorary Doctorate of Humanity Degree from Troy University.
For twenty years from 1979-1999, Gilmore served on the Montgomery City Council and successfully rallied the Council toward economic opportunity, social and civil justice, equity in participation and outcomes in the political system, community development, programs for the elderly and children, Black-on-Black crime control, and improved raced relations in and around Montgomery. Carrying the slogans, “The People’s Choice,” “Still the People’s Choice,” and “Get More with Gilmore” for the campaigns respectively, and wining against the odds each campaign, Council Gilmore used his enthusiasm and willing spirit to address issues important the West Side residents, and to all citizens throughout Montgomery. Mark Gilmore died on July 9, 2008.