Black History Month.
Grace Towns Hamilton
‘Hamilton was born February 10, 1907, and was the first African-American woman to hold a public office in the Deep South. She was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1966. She served her district in Atlanta for 18 years and was known as “the most effective woman legislator the state has ever had.” Hamilton was later credited for helping Andrew Young become the first black to represent Atlanta’s Fifth District in Congress in 1972.
Before holding public office, Hamilton was the executive director of the Atlanta Urban League (AUL) and led efforts in education, health care, housing, and voting rights for African Americans while still working within the confines of segregation. She held only one other public position, as advisor to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from January 1985 to January 1987, and passed away on June 17, 1992.’
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