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

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March 02, 2005

Leah Ward Sears

She has been superior in a lot of courts.

Leah Ward Sears was born into a military family in Germany in 1955. Her family eventually settled in Savann...
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...
April 03, 2004

Dominique Wilkins

His basketball skills were so great that he was called the "human highlight film."

Dominique Wilkins was born in 1960 in France, where his father was...
June 17, 1992

Grace Towns Hamilton

She was the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia Legislature.

Grace Towns Hamilton was born in Atlanta in 1907. She graduated from ...
November 29, 1991

Frank Yerby

An African-American with a best-selling novel -- a book that was turned into a movie --- that was unheard of in the America of the late 1940s. Yet Frank Yerby ...
October 15, 1991

Clarence Thomas Confirmation

He became only the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court—and one of its most controversial members.

Clarence Thomas was born...

December 04, 1982

Herschel Walker

There have been a lot of great Georgia Bulldogs, but very few who needed only one name: Herschel.

Herschel Junior Walker was born in Wrightsville in...
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...
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 ...

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