Publisher recalls influential Georgians
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:
- January 16th: Robert Hamilton, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968
- January 17th: Mary Frances Early, The Quiet Trailblazer: My Journey as the First Black Graduate of the University of Georgia
- January 16th: Dee Gillespie, The Citizenship Education Program and Black Women’s Political Culture
- January 17th: Arthur Dunning, Unreconciled: Race, History, and Education in the Deep South
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:
- January 13th: Jabari Asim, Yonder
- January 26th: Brian Jordan, A Thousand May Fall: An Immigrant Regiment’s Civil War
- January 27th: Sam Quinones in conversation with Virginia Prescott, The Least of Us: True Tales of American and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth
- February 2nd: Tomiko Brown-Nagin in conversation with Rose Scott, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
- March 3rd: Kelly Weill, Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything
- February 15th: Imani Perry in conversation with Beverly Guy-Sheftall, presented in partnership with Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
- February 17th: Charity Morgan, Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes: A Cookbook
Photo of Neely Young provided by the Atlanta History Center