July 30, 1990 |
In 1969, anti-apartheid demonstrators at the PGA Championship threw a drink in Gary Player's face. Now, Player is siding with protesters. The South African golfer said Sunday that he supports people who plan to demonstrate at the PGA Championship in Birmingham, Ala., to protest the host club's all-white status. "If I was in those peoples' shoes I would also demonstrate," said Player. "That's the advantage of a free society; people are entitled to demonstrate."
June 30, 1990 |
Blacks in a small Georgia town have filed a lawsuit in federal court charging their local fire chief and several firefighters, who they allege are members of the Ku Klux Klan, were responsible for the deaths of two black children. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Thursday, who include the parents of the two children and local black leaders in the town of Blakely, allege their fire department's response time is much slower to fires in black neighborhoods than to those in white neighborhoods.
October 15, 1988 |
Michael Lomax is perhaps the only politician to claim he won office on a base of support in the arts community. His testimony to the political power of the arts--on the day cultural policies went unmentioned at the final presidential debate--made his position seem even more unique. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the big campaign debate wasn't about prison furloughs but about whether artists were given too much money?" said Lomax, who chairs the Fulton County (Ga.
June 12, 1988 |
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the two black students who first integrated the University of Georgia in 1961, returned to the campus here Saturday to chalk up another first. Hunter-Gault, national correspondent for the McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, became the first black speaker to deliver the commencement address at the northeastern Georgia university in its 185-year history.
September 13, 1987
Black leaders called for the suspension of two white Atlanta police officers who killed a black man who a coroner said was shot six times--five in the back--at extremely close range. The Rev. Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said Officers R. A. Watson and M. L. Long, now on administrative duties, should be removed from duty completely pending investigation.
March 15, 1987 |
Fifty-four years ago, with little, if any, opposition, the town fathers of this east Georgia community of 300 residents decided to shut down the machinery of government. They dissolved all public offices, ceased holding elections, eliminated municipal services and stopped collecting taxes. Nevertheless, Keysville remained an incorporated community.
February 2, 1987 |
Eight days after leading a 25,000-strong civil rights demonstration in all-white Forsyth County, the Rev. Hosea Williams returned here Sunday with a band of mostly black followers from Atlanta--this time not to protest but to pray. Williams, trading his blue marching dungarees for a black Sunday suit, headed a group of 50 to 75 civil rights activists who arrived here in a 20-car entourage and then split up in teams to attend services at eight churches.
January 27, 1987 |
A civil rights activist who led 25,000 marchers through predominantly white Forsyth County last week said Monday that more protests will follow unless local officials compensate the heirs of blacks driven off their land by vigilantes 75 years ago. A team of attorneys already has requested tax and property records from the county to locate blacks who may have lost land, said Randel Osburn, program director at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Rev.