Robert “Bob,” Jr. Cole (1868-1911)

Robert “Bob” Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson Image Ownership: Public domain Entertainer Robert Allen “Bob” Cole, Jr. was born on July 1, 1868 in Athens, Georgia to his parents Robert Allen Cole, Sr. and Isabella Thomas Weldon. The Coles were well known in the Athens … Read MoreRobert “Bob,” Jr. Cole (1868-1911)

Gladys Knight (1944– )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Gladys Maria Knight is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 28, 1944, to Sarah and Merald Knight Sr. and began singing in church as a child. At age seven, she … Read MoreGladys Knight (1944– )

The Moore’s Ford Lynching (July 1946)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On July 14, 1946, four African American sharecroppers were lynched at Moore’s Ford in northeast Georgia in an event now described as the “last mass lynching in America.” Yet the killers of George Dorsey, Mae Murray Dorsey, Roger Malcolm, and Dorothy … Read MoreThe Moore’s Ford Lynching (July 1946)

Sylvanus Smith (1831–1911)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Sylvanus Smith, once described in a city directory as a “hog driver,” was a free black Brooklynite who promoted and protected racial equality, business ownership, and property development in the community of Weeksville, New York. Smith was one of the original … Read MoreSylvanus Smith (1831–1911)

The Southern Regional Council (1944- )

Charles W. Eagles, Winner of the 2010 Lillian Smith Book Award "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Southern Regional Council (SRC) was formed in 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.  It evolved out of the earlier Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC), which was established in 1919 to lessen … Read MoreThe Southern Regional Council (1944- )