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Black History – Events planned for this week

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Black History – Events planned for this week


SavingSoulThe Decatur-based Georgia Center for the Book has planned two events this week to close out Black History Month.

The first event will be held at the Decatur Library Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:15 pm. Author Maurice C. Daniels will discuss his book “Saving The Soul Of Georgia”, which tells the story of Donald L. Hollowell, Georgia’s chief civil rights attorney during the 1950s and 1960s.

“In ‘Saving the Soul of Georgia,’ Maurice C. Daniels tells the story of this behind-the-scenes yet highly influential civil rights lawyer who defended the rights of blacks and advanced the cause of social justice in the United States,” The Center for the Book announcement says. “From his legal work in the case of Hamilton E. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter that desegregated the University of Georgia to his defense of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his collaboration with Thurgood Marshall and his service as the NAACP’s chief counsel in Georgia, Saving the Soul of Georgia explores the intersections of Hollowell’s work with the larger civil rights movement.”

The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030.


Then on Thursday, Feb. 27, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan will discuss his book, “Breaking Ground: My Life In Medicine” at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum. The event begins at 7 pm.

“In ‘Breaking Ground,’ Sullivan recounts his extraordinary life beginning with his childhood in Jim Crow south Georgia and continuing through his trailblazing endeavors training to become a physician in an almost entirely white environment in the Northeast, founding and then leading the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and serving as secretary of Health and Human Services in President George H. W. Bush’s administration,” the Center for the Book announcement says.

The Jimmy Carter Library is located at 441 Freedom Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30307.