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JOSEPH E. LOWERY - October 6, 1921

Considered the "dean of the civil rights movement", he is co-founder with Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and served as President and CEO from 1977 to January 15, 1998.  Dr. King named Dr. Lowery chairman of the delegation delivering the demands of the Selma to Montgomery March (1965) to Governor Wallace, who had troopers beat the marchers (Bloody Sunday).  Wallace apologized to Lowery in 1995 as Lowery led the 30th anniversary re-enactment.  As convener of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, he is a strong force for election reform, criminal justice system reform, and improving the quality of governance.

ELIJAH MUHAMMAD - October 7, 1897

Elijah Poole, son of former slaves, was born in Georgia.  He would later move to Detroit, change his name to Elijah Muhammad and become the leader of the religion known as the Nation of Islam.  He died in chicago on Feb. 25, 1975 at age of 78.

RAY CHARLES - October 8, 1961

Ray Charles' recording of "Hit the Road, Jack" reached #1 on the pop singles chart on this date.  He was born in Albany, Georgia and his family moved to Florida when he was about 6 months old.  His father left, leaving the family to struggle.

TYRONE BROOKS - October 10, 1945

Born on this date in Warrenton, Georgia, Brooks is the president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO).  He is the state representative who is now known around the world as the man who brought that old racist, divine, symbol, the Georgia Confederate flag.  Brooks began his career as an activist for the civil and human rights at the age of 15 as a volunteer with the SCLC.  He became a full-staffer of the organization in 1967 under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He has been at the forefront and involved in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality since 1960 and has been jailed 65 times for civil rights work.







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