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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. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
1. C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker
Inscription. C.B. King dreamed of becoming a lawyer. He had served in the United States Navy and graduated from Fisk University. Because there was no law school for Blacks in segregated Georgia, he earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to Albany as its first Black lawyer and waged a lifelong battle against racism and injustice.

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 law with a resolute dignity which inspired others. He was a persistent and persuasive advocate who maintained high personal, professional and ethical standards. Despite isolation, insults, threats,
C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker on the left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
2. C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker on the left.
caning and cursing, C.B. King never backed down.

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.
 
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. Touch for map. Located at the southwest corner of the Federal Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Broad Avenue, Albany GA 31701, United States of America.
 
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
C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker looking west at Federal Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
3. C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King Marker looking west at Federal Courthouse.
(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.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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