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David Black, Republican Stalwart and Advocate for the Shoals, Dies at 65

David Black, a prominent Republican leader and tireless advocate for the Shoals region, passed away peacefully at his home. He was 65.

Mr. Black, a dedicated member of the Republican State Executive Committee, played a pivotal role in transforming the political landscape of the Northwest corner of Alabama. Once a Democratic stronghold, the Shoals area now boasts a robust Republican presence, thanks in large part to Black's relentless organizing efforts. For decades, he hosted Republican breakfasts on the first Saturday of each month, fostering a sense of community and political engagement among local Republicans.

An accomplished academic, Black served as an adjunct professor of economics at the University of North Alabama and held various influential positions throughout his career. He was the former director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Alabama and had also taught economics at The University of Alabama. His extensive background in education included stints at Bob Jones High School, T. C. Williams High School, and serving as a Special Assistant to the Chairman at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He was also a former staff member at the White House under George Bush.

David Black's educational journey was as diverse as his professional one. He studied for a Masters of Education at Alabama A&M University, attended George Mason University, Southern Methodist University, and pursued a doctorate in education at The University of Alabama. His dedication to learning was matched by his commitment to his community.

In addition to his political and academic endeavors, Black was deeply involved in the cultural life of the Shoals. He was a longtime president of the Shoals Symphony, chair of the Colbert County Tourism Board, and an active member of the Tennessee Valley Youth Services Commission and the Boy Scouts of America Westmoreland District Council. He also served as a faculty advisor to Sigma Chi fraternity and the University of North Alabama College Republicans.

In 2017, Black organized the "Heroes for Freedom and Liberty" event at the U.S.S. Alabama battleship in Mobile Bay, an event that honored Medal of Honor recipients. He was also greatly involved with the Kentucky Derby, leading to the Governor appointing him a Kentucky Colonel, a testament to his broad influence and dedication.

Former State Representative Perry O. Hooper Jr., a close friend and colleague, reflected on Black's passing: "David was a good friend; he will be missed," Hooper told the Alabama Gazette. "His commitment to the Republican cause and his community was unwavering."

David Black's legacy is one of dedication, service, and unwavering commitment to his principles and community. He is survived by his family, friends, and the many individuals whose lives he touched through his work and advocacy.

David Black, a great Republican and a great American, will be remembered for his enduring contributions to the Shoals and beyond.


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