Maynard Jackson, Class of 1956, was Atlanta's first black mayor, ultimately serving three terms in the office, making him the second longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Among his accomplishments while in office, Jackson oversaw the expansion of the Atlanta airport into a major international hub. After his death in 2003, the airport was renamed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in honor of Jackson and William B. Hartsfield, who was the city's longest-serving mayor.
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John Wesley Dobbs, Class of 1897, was the unofficial "mayor" of Sweet Auburn Avenue and co-founder of the Atlanta Negro Voters League. Dobbs, who died in 1961, was instrumental in getting Atlanta mayor William B. Hartsfield to integrate the city's police force in 1948. The late Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor, was Dobbs' grandson. A street in downtown Atlanta bears Dobbs' name.
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Julian Bond, Class of 1971, was a major civil rights figure, serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1967-75. From 1975-87, Bond was elected to six terms in the Georgia Senate. In 1998, Bond became chairman of the NAACP, a post he held until 2010. Bond died at age 75 in August 2015.
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Joshua Packwood, Class of 2008, is Morehouse's first white valedictorian. Packwood turned down a full scholarship from Columbia University, opting to study at Morehouse instead. "Though there may be diversity of race, ethnicity, religion or background, we are all brothers of Morehouse college," Packwood told those assembled during his valedictory address. -- Some text by Marcus K. Garner, AJC
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Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Class of 1954, is the founding dean and former director of Morehouse's Medical Education Program in 1975. The school eventually became independent of the college and is now known as the Morehouse School of Medicine. Sullivan served as dean and president for over 20 years, retiring in 2002. From 1989-93, Sullivan served as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is chairman of the National Health Museum, based in Atlanta.