Civil rights leaders in Georgia Wednesday are mourning the passing of author and poet Maya Angelou. She died at the age of 86. Charles Steele Jr., president and CEO of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference says in the 1960’s, Angelou became the Northern Coordinator of the SCLC. He says she became very close with Coretta Scott King and ,like her, focused on the role of women in the civil rights movement.
It was October 12, 1958, when 50 sticks of dynamite exploded at the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation on Peachtree Street--what was widely called “the Temple.” The Temple’s leader, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, was a staunch ally of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and he used his pulpit to advocate for social justice. Rothschild’s widow, Janice Rothschild Blumberg, remembers the bombing and her husband’s advocacy.
Tremont Temple Baptist Church, which played an important role in Macon's civil rights movement, could soon be demolished to make way for a Dunkin Donuts. Because of its historical significance, the idea of knocking down the Forsyth Street church has preservation advocates on edge and the Historic Macon Foundation scrambling to figure out a way to save it.
The history department at Columbus State University is peering back into America’s civil rights struggle and its local ties to Georgia. The university has launched a year-long initiative to examine the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Dozens of people trekked to the top of Stone Mountain Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Stone Mountain was one of the places Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentioned by name in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that day.
On August 29, 1963, newspapers across Georgia reported on the historic March on Washington. Below are the front pages from The Telegraph in Macon, the Savannah Morning News, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Athens Banner-Herald. As the old saying goes, "newspapers are the first rough draft of history."
Hundreds of Savannah State University students re-enacted events from the March on Washington Wednesday. They carried signs demanding equal rights, sang protest songs and re-staged Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech." It was one of several events in Savannah marking the march's 50th anniversary.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.