JANUARY 2019 - Atlanta INtown

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This Month In Atlanta History Editor’s Note: In honor of Atlanta INtown’s 25th anniversary and in memory of our late historian, Ann Taylor Boutwell, we’re brining back her column every month for 2019.

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Jan. 3, 1937: Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football ANN TAYLOR BOUTWELL’S player turned movie star Randolph Scott (1898-1987) stars opposite Mae West in “Go West Young Man.” Born in Virginia, Scott enrolled in Georgia Tech in 1919 after service in World War I and was a member of the team coached by John Heisman. Howard Hughes, a family friend, helped Scott take his next career step into the movies.


Jan. 9, 1967: Six black ministers boarded a Downtown bus at Mitchell and Whitehall streets and took seats at the front of the bus instead of the back. This was the first move to desegregate city buses as part of the Triple L (Love, Law and Liberation) movement led by Rev. William Holmes Borders in the wake of the successful boycott in Montgomery, Ala. started by Rosa Parks.

Jan. 10, 1870: The 1870 session of the Georgia General Assembly convened at the Kimball Opera House on Marietta Street. The ornate hall served as the temporary state capitol from 1869 to 1889 while the Gold Dome was under construction. The Kimball was destroyed by fire in 1894.

Jan. 27, 1965: A formal dinner honoring Nobel Peach Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. took place at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel in Downtown. The event was organized by city leaders including Mayor Ivan Allen, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild of The Temple, Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan, Atlanta Constitution publisher Ralph McGill and Morehouse College President Dr. Benjamin Mays.

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