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

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July 08, 1941

Hamilton Holmes

He was valedictorian of his high school class but the University of Georgia wouldn’t let him in.

Hamilton Holmes was born in 1941 in Atlanta, the ...
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,...
May 18, 1928

Pernell Roberts

As an actor, he was defined by two roles: the eldest of Ben Cartwright’s sons and the chief of medicine at a San Francisco hospital.

Pernell Rober...
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...
May 15, 1925

Carl Sanders

George Wallace he most definitely was not.

Carl Sanders was born in 1925 in Augusta. He served in the Air Force in World War II, then returned to th...
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...

August 13, 1921

Georgia Women Gain Vote

The women of Georgia finally got the right to vote on this day in 1921 when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed the act that made it official.

The suff...
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...

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