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Tate, Horace E.

(born: 1922  -  died: 2002) 

Born in Elberton, GA, Horace E. Tate was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, receiving a doctorate in education in 1960. He had received his undergraduate degree from Fort Valley State University in 1943 in Georgia.

Tate returned to Georgia, where he was a teacher and  principal and later a professor. He was instrumental in bringing about the desegregation of schools in Georgia.

Tate was also the first African American to run for mayor of Atlanta, and he was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1974. In 1978 he was appointed to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, later holding many other posts. The Horace E. Tate Freeway, located on a portion of I-75N in Georgia, was dedicated in his honor in 2000.

Tate was the husband of Virginia Cecile Barnett Tate.

For more see Who's Who in American Politics, 1973-1998, Who's Who Among Black Americans, 1980-1995;  Who's Who Among African Americans, 1996-2004; and his obituary in the Atlanta Constitution, 12/4/2002, p. C13.

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