HR 1186 - Hamilton, Grace Towns; honor; invite biographers to House

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A RESOLUTION honoring Grace Towns Hamilton and her biographers, Lorraine Nelson Spritzer and Jean B. Bergmark, and inviting Ms. Spritzer and Ms. Bergmark to the State Capitol for a book signing on March 12, 1998; and for other purposes.

Murphy, Thomas B (18th) Sinkfield, Georganna T (57th) Orrock, Nan (56th)
Martin, Jim (47th)
Status Summary HC: Rules SC: LA: 03/18/98 H - Passed/Adopted
Page Numbers - 1/ 2
House Action Senate
2/26/98 Read 1st Time
3/18/98 Favorably Reported
3/18/98 Passed/Adopted

HR 1186                                            LC 24 1131 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                             A RESOLUTION 
 
  1- 1  Honoring Grace Towns Hamilton and her biographers, Lorraine 
  1- 2  Nelson Spritzer and Jean B. Bergmark, and inviting Ms. 
  1- 3  Spritzer and Ms. Bergmark to the State Capitol for a book 
  1- 4  signing on March 12, 1998; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 5  WHEREAS, Grace Towns Hamilton, whose life is the subject of 
  1- 6  a new book, Grace Towns Hamilton and the Politics of 
  1- 7  Southern Change, was an extraordinary woman and leader. Ms. 
  1- 8  Hamilton was the first African American woman in the Deep 
  1- 9  South to be elected to a state legislature; she served in 
  1-10  the General Assembly of Georgia from 1965-1984; and 
 
  1-11  WHEREAS, Ms. Hamilton exercised considerable power as a 
  1-12  leader in the black struggle for local, state, and national 
  1-13  political offices. She promoted interracial cooperation as 
  1-14  the key to racial justice and stood as a shining example to 
  1-15  others; and 
 
  1-16  WHEREAS, during her tenure as a Georgia Representative, Ms. 
  1-17  Hamilton's probity and moderation made her an ally and 
  1-18  friend of Speaker Thomas B. Murphy, and the two enjoyed a 
  1-19  special relationship built on mutual respect and shared 
  1-20  goals.  There were countless others in state government who 
  1-21  admired and respected Ms. Hamilton for she was also a 
  1-22  gracious and kind lady; and 
 
  1-23  WHEREAS, Ms. Hamilton's concerns were never bound by race or 
  1-24  gender, although minorities and women are in her debt today 
  1-25  because of her work during her life. When Ms. Hamilton's 
  1-26  career in the Georgia General Assembly ended, no legislature 
  1-27  in the Deep South was without African American women 
  1-28  members; and 
 
  1-29  WHEREAS, recognizing that no history of the civil rights era 
  1-30  would be complete without an account of the remarkable life 
  1-31  and career of Grace Towns Hamilton,  Lorraine Nelson 
  1-32  Spritzer of Tempe, Arizona, and Jean B. Bergmark of Atlanta, 
  1-33  joined together and crafted a book that with wonderful prose 
  1-34  tells this important story; and 
 
  1-35  WHEREAS, Ms. Spritzer's connections with the South are 
  1-36  numerous and include a stint as a writer for The Atlanta 
 
 
 
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  2- 1  Constitution, and her first book was The Belle of Ashby 
  2- 2  Street, a biography of the first woman to be elected to 
  2- 3  Congress from Georgia. Ms. Bergmark similarly has a unique 
  2- 4  understanding of the South and its racial and gender issues 
  2- 5  and has coauthored several books including How to Cook a Pig 
  2- 6  and Notable Men and Women of the Civil War; and 
 
  2- 7  WHEREAS, Grace Towns Hamilton set an example of leadership 
  2- 8  and courage for all people and it is only fitting and proper 
  2- 9  that she be honored through such a wonderful biography and 
  2-10  that her biographers in turn are honored for their work and 
  2-11  invited to the State Capitol. 
 
  2-12  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF 
  2-13  REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body honor the life 
  2-14  and achievements of Grace Towns Hamilton and commend and 
  2-15  invite her biographers, Lorraine Nelson Spritzer and Jean B. 
  2-16  Bergmark, to the State Capitol for a book signing on March 
  2-17  12, 1998. 
 
  2-18  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 
  2-19  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit 
  2-20  appropriate copies of this resolution to Lorraine Nelson 
  2-21  Spritzer and Jean B. Bergmark. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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