On December 10, 2022, a celebration was held for an honorable public figure, Senator Brenda Gilmore. Sen. Gilmore was celebrating her retirement after 30 years of public service, 50 years of marriage to Harry Gilmore—and her birthday 70 years. The celebration was dubbed, ‘30-50-70 Years, a Triple Celebration.’ The event took place at the luxurious Music City Center in downtown Nashville and was attended by 735 guests, including: Mayor JohnCooper, Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood, Council members, state Representatives, other politicians, friends, fans, and family members.
The celebration began with a red carpet arrival, with Brenda and her husband, Harry Gilmore, making their grand entrance. Ever Justice Hodges was the flower girl. They then renewed their vows, signifying 50 years of marriage and were ordained by Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church—where they excitedly said, “I do” once more.
Throughout the evening, various speakers took the stage to praise Sen. Gilmore for her impressive career and her contributions to the community. There were also several performances by various artists, including: special tributes to the Gilmore’s by singer Will Davenport and his band; the Malone Dance Studios; the Hadley Park Dancers; the Hartman Park Dancers; and poets, Mrs. Margaret Beech and Tawanda Murray.
The highlight of the event was the ‘70 Years of Life,’ where those close to Brenda shared stories and anecdotes from her career. Both daughter, Erica Gilmore, and granddaughter, Anyah Gilmore Jones, made toasts to the couple. Later, Brenda and Harry made a closing speech thanking their family, members of the community, and colleagues for their support, acknowledging their gratitude for the wonderful turnout of their guests’ attendance.
After all had enjoyed a lavish dinner and drinks, the celebration ended with the Gilmores joining their guests on the floor to dance the night away—with Brenda and Harry mingling with the guests, taking more pictures. It was a memorable evening for all and a fitting tribute to one of the most beloved public figures of Nashville, Tennessee.