Publisher recalls influential Georgians

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January is the month Georgia Trend recognizes the Most Influential Georgians from the past year. These individuals come from businesses, nonprofits, education, sports, politics and other fields, and what they have in common is their outsized impact on the state.

This week, the magazine’s Publisher Emeritus Neely Young also shared his take on influential Georgians – those from the 20th century that interested him during his career as a journalist, editor and publisher. Young kicked off the Atlanta History Center’s 2022 Author Talks series with a discussion of his recently published book, Georgia Made. The book recognizes such famous Georgians as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Juliette Gordon Low, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron and Vince Dooley, along with others who may not have had household names.

Following Young’s presentation, the History Center is hosting a two-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Sunday and Monday’s Author Talks will explore the Civil Rights Movement via virtual and in-person events:


In Person 

These Author Talks are in addition to the History Center’s public observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which includes a variety of virtual and in-person educational activities such as simulations, crafts, and story time. A limited number of same-day tickets will be available every 30 minutes on Jan. 16th and 17th.

In addition, the History Center has confirmed the following Author Talks for the season:


In person 

Photo of Neely Young provided by the Atlanta History Center

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