The Atlanta Connection

50 Years of Community Action in Atlanta, Georgia. (1964 to 2014) from Joyce J Dorsey on Vimeo.

The War On Poverty was fought on many fronts, including Atlanta, Georgia.  Many individuals played a major role initiating change on local and national levels. Here are a few of the trailblazers of that time. Do you recognize any of them?  Do you know their full contribution to society? Click on the photo to find out more info and enjoy this walk down history lane.

"Mrs. Bolden Thompson used her experience as a domestic worker to organize the Union, which successfully improved the wages and working conditions of domestic workers in Atlanta, and other cities of the U.S."
“She used her experience as a domestic worker to organize the Union, which successfully improved the wages and working conditions of domestic workers in Atlanta, and other cities of the U.S.”
John H Calhoun
“As a member of the City Council he set up neighborhood planning units, which in time became a strong political base and helped many blacks achieve public office.”
Mr. Ivan Allen, Jr.
“He testified in favor of the Civil Rights bill before a Senate Committee in Washington, D.C. He was the only southern elected official to endorse the bill, which became the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”
 Mr. Maynard Jackson

“Elected mayor of Atlanta in 1973, he was the first African American to serve as mayor of a major southern city…As a result of affirmative action programs instituted by him in his first two terms, the portion of city business going to minority firms rose dramatically.”
 Mr. Jesse Hill

“One of Atlanta’s most prominent African American civil rights leader. He and Atlanta Life Insurance Company also receive credit for increasing African American access to affordable home-mortgage financing…”
Susie LaBord
She was an anti-poverty and social activist. A former board member for Economic Opportunity Atlanta and the Atlanta Housing Authority.