Former chief justice of Alabama Supreme Court speaks on character during stop in Jasper
by James Phillips
Apr 27, 2011 | 3368 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers talks with Walker Area Community Foundation President Paul Kennedy during a tour of the Bankhead House and Heritage Center Tuesday morning. Photo by: James Phillips
Former Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers talks with Walker Area Community Foundation President Paul Kennedy during a tour of the Bankhead House and Heritage Center Tuesday morning. Photo by: James Phillips
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Former Alabama Chief Justice Drayton Nabers spent much of Tuesday speaking to Walker County residents on the importance of good character.

Nabers, who wrote “The Case for Character” in 2006, said it’s an unusual topic these days, but one that he’s loved to study.

“I’ve studied on character a great deal,” he said during a joint meeting Tuesday of the Rotary Club of Jasper and the Kiwanis Club of Jasper. “I was drawn to the subject and feel that it is the single most important building block in our lives. Character applies to every aspect of a person’s life.”

In addition to speaking to members of the two civic groups, Nabers also spoke at an early morning “Donuts & Discussion” meeting sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

“We were honored to have him speak at our event,” said Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County. “He gave a very inspirational speech, and I heard several people who came say that it was a perfect way to start off their morning.”

Just before lunch, Nabers addressed a group of more than 100 seventh-grade students at Maddox Middle School.

“It’s interesting trying to get seventh-graders to listen to a speech on character, but I think we did a good job,” Nabers said. “They seem to be tuned into what I was saying.”

In each of his speeches Tuesday, Nabers said a person’s character is deeply imprinted at an early age. He urged adults to do their part to help shape the character of today’s youth.

“The quality of our life depends on strong character,” he said. “It can’t be taught. Character is developed by example. Most character in children comes from them imitating those they respect.”

The greatest example of character in Nabers’ life was his mother, he said.

“I don’t think she ever told me things to do to have good character,” he said. “She told me to brush my teeth and wash my hands, but that’s not character. Her example was her life, and her example was powerful and inspired me.”

Nabers said he enjoyed his one-day trip to Walker County, which also included a tour of the Bankhead House and Heritage Center.

“I’ve loved being here in Walker County,” he said. “I can tell this is a great place filled with great people. It’s been wonderful to be here today.”