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Powers, Georgia D.

(born: October 19, 1923  -  died: January 30, 2016) 

Born in Springfield, KY, Georgia Davis Powers was a civil rights activist and politician. She was the first African American and woman in the Kentucky Senate (1967-1988); she served five four-year terms. She was also the first African American woman on the Jefferson County Executive Committee, where she pushed for, among other reforms, an Equal Rights Amendment resolution and the Displaced Homemaker's law. The Georgia Davis Powers Award was named in her honor, it was created in the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office. The Georgia Davis Powers Endowment was established in the Office of Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky, College of Arts and Sciences. Georgia Powers is the author of Celia's Land: a historical novel. The Georgia Powers Collection is at the Kentucky State University Library's Special Collections and Archives. The Geogia Davis Powers Papers are at the University of Kentucky, Special Collections Research Center. For more see Women in World History. A Biographical Encyclopedia; I Shared the Dream, by G. D. Powers; and Georgia Davis Powers (1923-2016) at BlackPast.Org. See also the NKAA entry for Celia Mudd.

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NKAA Entry: Mudd, Celia
NKAA Source: Celia's land: a historical novel
NKAA Source: Women in world history. A biographical encyclopedia
NKAA Source: I shared the dream : the pride, passion, and politics of the first Black woman senator from Kentucky

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