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  THIS MONTH IN GEORGIA'S

BLACK HISTORY

 

 

JEFFERSON F. LONG was Born March 3, 1836

Jefferson F. Long was born March 3rd 1836 Jefferson F. Long, a merchant and tailor, was born in Knoxville, Georgia. He became the first African American from Georgia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving two months and 9 days.

 

 

 

 

 

EZZARD CHARLES March 6, 1951

Georgia-born Ezzard Charles won a 15-round decision against Jersey Joe Walcott in a bout in Detroit to retain the world heavyweight championship. Charles, born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, was undefeated as an amateur and won the 1939 AAU National middleweight title before turning pro in 1940. He is in the National Boxing Hall of Fame. However, he is not in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

MUHAMMAD ALI March 6, 1964

Georgia-born Elijah Muhammad renamed Cassius Clay as Muhammad Ali. Elijah Muhammad was born in Sandersville, Georgia. Some of his followers included Malcolm X, Joe Tex, Louis Farrakhan and many more. Elijah Muhammad was the leader of the Nation of Islam.

 

 

 

 

 

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY was Born March 17, 1955

Politician Cynthia McKinney was born in Atlanta. Being daughter to longtime state representative Billy McKinney, politics came natural for Cynthia. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in international relations she taught at Spelman College, Atlanta University, and Agnes Scott College before being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1988, where she served in the same chamber as her fatherómarking the first and only time in Georgia history that a father and daughter served at the same time in the same house). After four years in the General Assembly, McKinney successfully ran in Georgia's new 11 congressional district in 1992, becoming the first African-American congresswoman from Georgia. In 1996, McKinney successfully ran in the new majority-white 4th congressional district.

 

 

 

WALT FRAZIER was Born March 29, 1945

Basketball great Walt Frazier was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After playing collegiate ball at Southern Illinois, Frazier was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the New York Knicks in 1967. Frazier was the mainstay of the Knicks for the next decade, an All Star seven times, and an All Defensive Team member seven times.  His cool demeanor on the court and flamboyant style off the court earned him the nickname "Clyde." He averaged 18.9 points and 6.1 assists per game throughout his career, improving his scoring average to 20.7 points per game in the playoffs. He led the Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. After spending his last few playing years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he retired in 1979. Frazier was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

 

 

SPIKE LEE was Born March 1957

Filmmaker Spike Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he attended Morehouse College before earning a masters degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Lee broke onto the film making scene in 1986 with "She's Gotta Have It," which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, "School Daze," was very successful and launched the careers of several young actors. "Do the Right Thing," released in 1989, was nominated for three Academy Awards -- Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Other critically and financially successful Lee films include "Jungle Fever," "Mo' Better Blues," "Clockers," and "Malcolm X." Lee has also produced music videos and a number of highly popular commercials for Nike -- resurrecting his character Mars Blackmon from "She's Gotta Have It."

    

 

    

 

 

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