1965: Georgia Legislature refuses to seat “the infamous Mr. Bond”

 January 1965: Georgia House of Representatives refuses to seat Rep.-elect Julian Bond (D-Atlanta) due to his position against the Vietnam War. In Reconstruction Georgia, the legislature expelled all its black members. Both times, the federal government was forced to reinstall democracy in Georgia. Among his constituents: Martin Luther King Jr. The following excerpt on Bond’s case comes from The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia, by Donald L. Grant, edited by Jonathan Grant. Published by The University of Georgia Press. (All rights reserved). Much of the book was written and researched in a building named after Bond’s father, Horace Mann Bond, onetime president of Fort Valley State College (now University). The South Georgia legislator railing against “the infamous Mr. Bond” was Bobby…

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#iftheygunnedmedown which picture would they use?

Trending on Twitter: #iftheygunnedmedown which picture would they use?  Read more about the Michael Brown case.  Or is it a case yet? Police are refusing to release the name of the police officer who killed the unarmed black teen.

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“I was off guard the entire way through!”

A recent review of Brambleman, on its Amazon page, from Pat Mason: “Excellent book! I was off guard the entire way through! Grant is an exceptional writer with a vivid imagination. This was a great read, and a great message, although you have to hunt for it.”

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American Hero: Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee

(Photo: Col. Charles McGee and me) It was my great honor to meet an American hero this weekend. While traveling in Missouri, I visited my brother Richard, a retired Sergeant Major in the Missouri National Guard who also holds the honor/duty/burden of being the parade boss for Columbia’s Memorial Day Parade. As part of Memorial Day weekend festivities, the city also hosted the two-day Salute to Veterans Air Show at Columbia Regional Airport. Friday evening, Rich took me along to the pre-air show dinner (can you really call it a banquet when everyone’s wearing coveralls?) and introduced me to several of the honorees, including one of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen, Col. Charles McGee (Retired). To find out more about Col. McGee, check out his bio. I also had the…

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