Albany in Dougherty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King
b. Albany, Georgia October 12, 1923; d. March 15, 1988
C.B. King was a courageous, eloquent and effective civil rights lawyer. He believed in using the courts for change and steered courtroom victories to desegregate schools, protect students' rights, enforce voting rights, eliminate jury and employment discrimination, open public accommodations for all, and end police brutality. He was respected and admired by leaders of the civil rights movement who sought his advice and counsel. He worked zealously with the NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and served as counsel for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He litigated many civil rights cases in the United) States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
C.B. King always conducted himself with honor and respect for the judicial system. He practiced
In 1962 C.B. King became the first Black to run for the U.S. Congress from South Georgia and in 1970 he became the first Black since Reconstruction to run for Governor of Georgia. He was an eloquent orator and superior legal scholar who inspired several generations of young lawyers to practice law with a commitment to the oppressed. For many, working with C.B. King, a powerful presence in and out of the courtroom, was a decisive turning point in their lives.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 31° 34.625′ N, 84° 9.093′ W. Marker is in Albany, Georgia, in Dougherty County. Marker is at the intersection of West Broad Avenue and North Washington Street, on the right when traveling west on West Broad Avenue. Located at the southwest corner of the Federal Courthouse. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Albany Lights (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freedom Alley and City Hall (about 600 feet away); Dougherty County (about 600 feet away); Colonel Nelson Tift (about 600 feet away); The Bridge House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ray Charles (approx. 0.2 miles away); De Soto in Georgia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Georgia Civil Rights Trail: The Albany Movement (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . . New Georgia Encyclopedia article on C. B. King (1923-1988). (Submitted on May 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.