Monday, April 4, 2011

Meet Tammy Jackson Montgomery - 2011 Woman of Distinction

Motivated to go to law school by what she saw on a grade-school field trip to a courtroom, Tammy Jackson Montgomery is the State of Alabama’s first African-American woman to be elected to the office of Sumter County District Court Judge; she is currently serving her third term. In 1997, she founded the nonprofit organization Children of the ­Village Network, Inc., designed to combat illiteracy, hunger, crime, disease and administer college scholarships for high school graduates from Sumter County.

Montgomery’s honors include being recognized by Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb to serve on the State’s Drug Court Committee, serving as a U.S. Congressional intern, receiving an Alabama Association of Women’s and Youth’s Club Inc. graduate scholarship and the Nancy Randolph Award sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Montgomery received her B.A. cum laude and J.D. degrees, both from The University of Alabama.

She attributes Girl Scouting for teaching her to dream, and for finding the strength and passion within to realize her potential and achieve those dreams. Her first judicial campaign slogan succinctly stated, “Together, we can make a difference,” and ­Montgomery believes making a difference is what makes life worth living.

Montgomery will be recognized at the West Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon on April 7. For more information, visit