by Amanda Smith
Albany, Georgia attorney Chevene B. King, Jr. has been selected to receive the Man of the Year Award by The Informer and will be honored at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony. The event will be held on January 17, 2015 at 12 noon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, located at 777 Elm Street in Macon, Georgia.
C. B. King was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 16, 1952 and is the oldest of five children born to legendary civil rights attorney Chevene Bowers ("C. B.") King and Carol R. King of Albany, Georgia. He is married to Donna V. King, an Albany pediatrician, and the couple has four children.
King obtained his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1974 and his jurist doctorate from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977. In 1980, he returned to Albany to enter practice with his father and three other lawyers in the law firm of King and Phipps, P.C. For the past 34 years, the bulk of his law practice has been devoted to criminal defense, personal injury and civil rights litigation. Currently, he is a sole practitioner in The C.B. King Law Firm.
King successfully represented Lula Smart in the Quitman 10+2 trial in Albany, Georgia after Smart was charged and prosecuted for Unlawful Possession of Ballots and Interfering with the Elector. After winning an acquittal for Smart, prosecutors dropped all charges against all defendants in the case.
"Representing the Quitman 10+2 has been an absolutely thrilling experience for me," said King. "To be associated with this historic effort has been a honor and personal privilege for me - not only because this group of individuals sought to improve the educational opportunities of our children by orchestrating the successful election of competent black candidates to a local school board, but also because they fiercely challenged a system which has traditionally sought to suppress the rights of the black community to vote and have a meaningful say in what happens to our children." He continued. "Consequently, it is difficult to describe the acquittal and dismissal of the criminal charges against this group of courageous individuals as anything other than a truly history-making and awe-inspiring event."
The Informer is honored to recognize C.B. King as Man of the Year for 2014.
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