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Jimmy Carter Human Rights Defenders Forum

Jimmy Carter’s human rights message resonates in Atlanta and globally

On July 24, inside the Carter Center's Cecil B. Day chapel overlooking Freedom Parkway and the downtown skyline, Jimmy Carter’s earnest roundtable discussions with around 70 human rights defenders and religious leaders from 36...

Road Trip: West Georgia

A largely rural expanse extending from the peaks of the Pine Mountain Range to the farmlands of Plains, west Georgia is known for its pine forests, pecan groves, and peanut fields. It’s also linked to two American presidents with deep ties to this land. The personal histories of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter are central to the story of the region, so much so that the area is known as Presidential Pathways.
Jimmy Carter Sunday School Plains Georgia

Pilgrimage to Plains: The faithful come from around the world to hear Jimmy Carter preach

The weekend after Jimmy Carter's cancer diagnosis announcement, 1,300 people arrived for Sunday school. “It was a shock,” says Plains Trading Post owner Philip Kurland. “It was busier than the Plains Peanut Festival, which normally is the most busy weekend in Plains. We have had no slow season this year.”
Coretta Scott King rose

How the roses at the Greater Atlanta Rose Show get their names

Visitors to the Greater Atlanta Rose Show, hosted by the Greater Atlanta Rose Society on Mother's Day weekend, might notice that the floral competitors can have rather unusual monikers
Jimmy Carter A Full Life

The First Campaign: An excerpt from Jimmy Carter’s new memoir, A Full Life

I decided to run for office in 1962, after the Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Carr that all votes had to be weighted as equally as possible. This resulted in the termination of Georgia’s “county unit” system, where some rural votes equaled 100 votes in urban areas.

Rosalynn Carter

Rickey Wingo, fifty-three, suffered from schizophrenia and got agitated due to a side effect of his medicine. The final time it happened, workers at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital pinned him to the ground and beat him to death, according to the state’s chief medical examiner, who ruled Wingo’s death a homicide. No staffers were charged or punished. Wingo’s case was just one of 115 suspicious deaths and incidents uncovered in a five-year Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation of Georgia’s state psychiatric hospitals. No, this wasn’t Jack Nelson’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize–winning exposé about abuses at Milledgeville’s Central State. This series was published in 2007. Do you remember it?

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