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Oral History Interview with Rita Jackson Samuels, April 30, 1974. Interview A-0077. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Rita Jackson Samuels, coordinator of the Governor's Council on Human Relations in Atlanta, Georgia, offers her thoughts on the changing racial dynamics of her home state. She gives the most attention to measuring the progress of African Americans in Georgia during her tenure and that of Governor Jimmy Carter. She also discusses at length the installation of a portrait of Martin Luther King in the state capitol, a move which she initiated, and describes its symbolic importance.
  • Biracial councils open lines of communication between white and black communities
  • Lack of government commitment to racial diversity in Georgia
  • Measuring race progress in Georgia's government
  • Symbolism of King's portrait in Georgia capitol
  • Few white women in Georgia state legislature
  • Increasing confidence among blacks in small Georgia town
  • Hiring blacks while denying specific advocacy on their behalf
  • Measuring race progress in Georgia's government
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  • Subjects
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
  • Women in politics
  • Georgia--Politics and government
  • African American politicians--Georgia
  • Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
  • African American women
  • Women political activists--Georgia
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