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Winner of two 2013 Emmy Awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

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

Individual Development and Identity

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July 30, 1961

Laurence Fishburne

He is the first African-American to play Othello in a major movie, following in the footsteps of Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles.

Laurence Fishbur...
October 20, 1946

Lewis Grizzard

He would tell Yankee immigrants who found fault with the South: “Delta is ready when you are.”

Lewis Grizzard was born in Fort Benning and ...

September 25, 1946

Robert Benham

When Robert Benham was appointed the first African American on the Georgia Supreme Court, it was only one of a long line of firsts.

Benham was born in ...

December 11, 1944

Brenda Lee

Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by the ...
February 09, 1944

Alice Walker

She was born in Eatonton in 1944 and at age 8 she was blinded in one eye by a BB gun fired by her brother, a traumatic event that crippled her self-confidence. ...
October 04, 1942

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up immers...

August 24, 1942

Max Cleland

A Georgia hero was born in Atlanta on this day in 1942.

Joseph Maxwell Cleland -- “Max” -- grew up in Lithonia. While enrolled at Emory, Cleland...
September 09, 1941

Otis Redding

When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four months.
November 19, 1938

Ted Turner

Known affectionately as the “Mouth of the South, he created a TV and sports empire that dramatically altered the media landscape.

Robert Edward ...
March 29, 1937

Billy Carter

“Yes, I’m a real southern boy,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a red neck, white socks, and drink Blue Ribbon beer."

Billy Carter was born in...

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