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Tuesday, August 22

  1. msg [[The Old R. L. Cousins School Gym ]] message posted [[The Old R. L. Cousins School Gym ]] • The First Black Arts Festival was held in the early 1990's at the old R . L . Cousins Gymnasium…
    [[The Old R. L. Cousins School Gym ]]
    • The First Black Arts Festival was held in the early 1990's at the old R . L . Cousins Gymnasium. The festival was founded by The President , Elizabeth P. Godfrey of Newton County African American Council For The Arts, Inc. The festival was held for years. It later moved to the New Cousins Middle School. African American History was taught, talent shows, exhibits, good food, Afro-centered books featured, Health Fair, and others were a part of the festivals. Others who helped with the festivals and the success of them were: Freda Reed, Josephine Brown, Nancy Kay Jefferson, Richard Jefferson, Gloria Reddick, Margaret Wimberly, Carolyn Hardeman, Mary Weaver, and others. The
    Festivals were held primarily to
    give Youth Scholarships, Books to public and school libraries, and express the arts and gifts in the African American People. The Black Arts Festivals were supported by the local multicultural
    community . Many visitors from other areas attended as well.
    4:42 pm

Monday, August 21

  1. msg - [[FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ELECTED CHAIRMAN TO THE NEWTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]] message posted - [[FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ELECTED CHAIRMAN TO THE NEWTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]] - In 2016, MARCELLOUS BANES, became the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN Elected To The Newton County…
    - [[FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN ELECTED CHAIRMAN TO THE NEWTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]]
    - In 2016, MARCELLOUS BANES, became the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN Elected To The Newton County Board Of Commissioners In Newton County, Georgia.
    3:44 pm

Sunday, August 20

  1. msg [[Pioneers In Newton County ,Georgia]] message posted [[Pioneers In Newton County ,Georgia]] • Clarence Price • Bessie Kate Sawyer • Doug Sawyer • Georgia Hatchett Johnson
    [[Pioneers In Newton County ,Georgia]]
    • Clarence Price
    • Bessie Kate Sawyer
    • Doug Sawyer
    • Georgia Hatchett Johnson
    4:01 pm

Saturday, August 19

  1. msg [[Voter Registration Sites Increased Where There Existed A Large Number of Blacks]] message posted [[Voter Registration Sites Increased Where There Existed A Large Number of Blacks]] •(1990 - 1997) - The number of Voter Drives were greatly increased under the President, Elizab…
    [[Voter Registration Sites Increased Where There Existed A Large Number of Blacks]]
    •(1990 - 1997) - The number of Voter Drives were greatly increased under the President, Elizabeth P. Godfrey of the Newton County Voters League. The sites included African American Churches and Businesses. They were: New Hope Baptist Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, St. Paul AME Church, Good Hope Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Townhouse Cafe, Gaither Service Station in Nelson Heights, in the Washington Street Community Area, and others. The members also gave out registration forms at the local library, courthouse, and shopping centers for to be mailed to the county 's
    Voter Registrar's Office.
    7:38 pm
  2. msg • [[ Voter Registration Sites Increased The County Where There ExistA Large Numbers Of Blacks]] message posted • [[ Voter Registration Sites Increased The County Where There ExistA Large Numbers Of Blacks]]
    • [[ Voter Registration Sites Increased The County Where There ExistA Large Numbers Of Blacks]]
    7:04 pm

Friday, August 18

  1. msg [[Pioneers]] : message posted [[Pioneers]] : Pioneers in Newton County , Georgia • Carolyn Tuggle Cooksey • Raymond …
    [[Pioneers]] :
    Pioneers in Newton County , Georgia

    • Carolyn Tuggle Cooksey
    • Raymond Hammonds
    • Maude Grimes
    • Evelyn Jones
    5:40 pm
  2. msg •1990 -[[First Female Elected President To Newton County Voters League]] message posted •1990 -[[First Female Elected President To Newton County Voters League]] • Elizabeth P. Godfrey became the first female, to be elected the President of the Newto…
    •1990 -[[First Female Elected President To Newton County Voters League]]
    Elizabeth P. Godfrey became the first female, to be elected the
    President of the Newton County Voters League Inc., in Covington, Georgia. She served as President from (1990-1997). Many Voter
    Registration drives , and Scholarship Banquets were held. She worked
    Organizing the first Political Forums in the county, annually. She had many officers, members, and volunteers to assist her. She was also able to get permanent Voter Registration Sites established in Newton County ,Georgia and other services.
    1:45 pm

Thursday, August 17

  1. msg 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] message posted 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] • In the year of the 2000's (approximately) , Amma Lou Gaither , became the first African America…
    1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]]
    • In the year of the 2000's (approximately) , Amma Lou Gaither, became the first African American female elected to The Oxford City Council in Oxford, Georgia. She succeeded Johnny Blackshear, Jr. She was also a strong supporter of The Newton County Voters League in Covington, GA.
    5:25 pm
  2. msg 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] message posted 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] • 2010 - Shakila Henderson - Baker elected the first African American female , elected …
    1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]]
    • 2010 - Shakila Henderson - Baker elected the first African American female , elected to ,The Newton County Board of Education in the county, representing, District # 3. She was also re- elected for another term , after this historical event.
    4:37 pm
  3. msg 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] message posted 1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]] African Americans elected to Newton County Board of Education : In the late 1970's, Garland Hil…
    1991-1992- [[Newton County African American Arts Council, Inc.]]
    African Americans elected to Newton County Board of Education : In the late 1970's, Garland Hillman was elected as the First Black to the Newton County Board of Education. He was the only black person for years on the board. He served faithfully until his resignation. After his resignation for District 4, he was succeeded by R . L. Clements who also
    served for many years . Later, Almond Turner was elected after Mr. Clements resigned.
    In the early 1990's , a Committee on Re-Districting was established to draw an influence district , to help more blacks get elected in the county. The committee included Flemmie Pitts, Willie James Smith, Grier Godfrey, Carolyn Cooksey, and President Elizabeth P. Godfrey , of the Newton County Voters League. As a result of their dedicated work , and meeting with many of the county and state officials, another African American was elected to the Board of Education , District 2. He was Phillip Wise.
    3:07 pm

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