Today: Janita Poe writes about Georgia Reconstruction-era legend Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, who died 100 years ago, May 8, 2015.
Turner's seminal 1868 "Am I a Man?" address to the Georgia Legislature, moments before lawmakers voted to oust the two black Senators and 25 black representatives from the capitol based solely on their race, rivals those of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Turner is the namesake of Turner High School and despite humble beginnings became an AME Bishop and founder of a Garvey-before-Garvey back-to-Africa movement, the International Migration Society.
He is a true legend that all Georgians should know and celebrate.
Column here: http://atlantapoliticsbuzz.com/2015/05/08/henrymcnealturner/
#CelebrateTurner #KnowGeorgiaHistory #KnowBlackTrailblazers
[This portrait hangs prominently in the Georgia capitol, at the entrance to the House of Representatives' chambers].
ATLANTA -- His portrait, prominently positioned outside the entrance to the Georgia House of Representatives chambers, may come as a surprise to some. Most of the paintings displayed throughout the...