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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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February 04, 2005

Ossie Davis

As an actor, and as an activist, Ossie Davis made his mark.

Born Rayford Chatman Davis in 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, in Clinch County, he got his nic...
January 13, 1982

Hank Aaron

He was 14 when he saw Jackie Robinson play, and knew he wanted to play major league baseball. There were few better.

Henry Louis Aaron was born in M...
June 13, 1977

James Earl Ray

The man who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a small-time crook with big ambitions.

James Earl Ray was born in Alton, Illinois, in 1928. A...
October 16, 1973

Maynard Jackson Elected

There were many firsts in his family.

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1938,Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.  moved to Atlanta when he was 8.  His Georg...

November 07, 1972

Andrew Young

If there was a Mt. Rushmore for civil rights icons, Andrew Young would be on it. But his achievements go well beyond civil rights: Young has served as congre...
February 03, 1969

Ralph McGill

His was a voice of moderation during one of the South’s most racially divisive periods.

Ralph McGill was born in Tennessee in 1898. His sports co...
April 04, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Now he belongs to the ages." That was said of Abraham Lincoln. It applies no less to Martin Luther King Jr.

King was planning a "Poor People’s ...
October 14, 1964

MLK Wins the Nobel Prize

He was the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta in 1929 as Michael Luther King. His father l...

July 02, 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964

It was one of the most far-reaching Congressional acts in American history. In 1954, the Supreme Court weighed in in a big way against legalized bigotry. Its la...
August 28, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech

It was 17 minutes that changed history. On August 28, 1963, native Georgian Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March...

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