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

Civil Rights

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February 21, 1940

John Lewis

He courageously put his life on the line many times during the civil rights movement and has become one of the most respected members of Congress.

J...
January 14, 1940

Julian Bond

It took the Supreme Court to seat Julian Bond in the Georgia Legislature.

Born in Nashville in 1940, graduated from a Quaker school in Pennsylvania,...
April 27, 1927

Coretta Scott King

She was the first woman and first African-American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda.

Coretta Scott was born in 1927 in Alabama an...
October 06, 1921

Joseph Lowery

Clashes with the Ku Klux Klan began Joseph Lowery's life long fight for equality.

The man who became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s chief lie...

September 30, 1915

Lester Maddox

He was a high school dropout who would be governor.

Born in Atlanta, Lester Maddox worked at the Bell Bomber factory in Marietta during World War II.&n...

March 15, 1911

Ivan Allen, Jr.

He was Atlanta’s mayor for eight years in the 1960s, and he was the only Southern politician to testify in favor of the Civil Rights Act.

Ivan All...
December 12, 1897

Lillian Smith

She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to denounce segregation, and she was a controversial figure all her life.

Lillian Smith was bor...
November 16, 1894

Thomas Brewer

The Civil Rights movement boasted many heroes; some, sadly, unsung.

Thomas Brewer was born in Alabama in 1894, and earned a medical degree at Meharry...
November 24, 1868

Robert Abbott

A Georgia native founded the most influential black newspaper of the 20th century.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott was born on St. Simon’s island in 1868...
November 15, 1864

March To The Sea

It was one of the most audacious military movements in history—and one of the most controversial.

U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman captured...

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