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50 Who Made Atlanta: Martin Luther King Jr.

The greatest orator of the twentieth century inspired seismic changes at home that reverberated around the world. Read more

Jimmy Carter

No matter your opinion of Carter’s four years in the White House, there’s no denying his imprint on the city of Atlanta. Read more

Coretta Scott King

Her husband grew up in the heart of Auburn Avenue, the center of black America. She grew up on a cotton farm in rural Alabama. That made all the difference. Read more

Herman Talmadge

“I don’t need money. People give me things because they believe in me.” So said Willie Stark in All the King’s Men, and so, pretty much, said Talmadge. Ethics investigators found the U.S. senator from Georgia accepted loads of undisclosed gifts: airfare, clothing, fruit of the month packages, a trampoline, and wads of cash that he stuffed in a pocket. Read more

Sara Totonchi

The Southern Center for Human Rights provides a crucial check of Southern prison and criminal justice systems. Read more

Kasim Reed

Sixteen months on the job, the mayor enjoys widespread support among Democrats and Republicans and is quick to defuse criticism by shouldering blame and not shirking it. Read more

Lisa Cremin


Matt Ryan

Ryan, who turns twenty-six this month, has also served as a saintly sorbet to a city eager to expunge the bitter taste of Mike Vick disillusionment. Read more

Brian Leary

To ensure the BeltLine has the transformative effect that advocates pine for, Leary will need to be both innovative and realistic. Read more

Deion Sanders

The over-the-top athlete lived up to his two nicknames, “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion,” while playing cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons and outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. Simultaneously. Read more