A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Lewis says the civil rights icon is to receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Thursday from Georgia Tech. The ceremony is taking place on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Holder told students at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta on Thursday that there are too many guns in the hands of the wrong people. He said President Obama is pushing for universal background checks.
Emory University's library plans to exhibit materials from the archives of a civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibition of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's materials opens Feb. 21 at Emory's Robert W. Woodruff Library.
A funeral has been scheduled for Jesse Hill, a prominent Atlanta civil rights leader and businessman who died Monday at the age of 86. As a civil rights leader, Hill helped collect bail money for incarcerated demonstrators, worked in voter registration initiatives and was a co-founder of the Atlanta Inquirer — Atlanta's first black newspaper.
Georgia preservationists are highlighting the economic benefits of renovation as they release their annual list of "Places in Peril." The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list focuses on 10 places throughout the state they deem "endangered," either from neglect or demolition plans. The Trust's Mark McDonald says, historic rehabilitation creates jobs.