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

Individual Development and Identity

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August 31, 1992

Charles Weltner

He was a Georgia congressman who courageously spoke out for racial equality at a time when few white leaders did.

Charles Weltner was born in 1927 in...
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...

June 21, 1981

Atlanta Child Murders

In July 1979, two 14-year-old boys went missing. When police found the bodies of Edward Hope Smith and Alfred Evans, it began a two-year nightmare that held Atl...
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...
October 29, 1971

Duane Allman

He was the leader of the band that helped spark the Southern rock movement of the 1970s.

Duane Allman was born in 1946 in Nashville and his family ...
October 26, 1971

Muhammad Ali

He would box, but he would not fight.

At the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Muhammad Ali was drafted. Declaring himself a conscientious object...
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...

October 24, 1962

James Brown

He was born in a one-room shack in Barnwell, South Carolina, in 1933. He moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was five. His mother abandoned him, he grew up in abj...

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