|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.
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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
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.
Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98