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Thomasville- Reverend Doctor Artis Johnson was the first African-American to graduate Birdwood Junior Baptist College in Thomasville. The school is now Thomas University.

     Johnson says he was welcomed by most people at Birdwood, but he faced some resistance from white students. He says he always focused on what was ahead. "What makes a difference is when you take what you learn beyond the walls. And that's what makes a person. As one scholar said, it's not where you've been, but where you're going."

     Johnson graduated Birdwood in 1968. He went on to earn higher degrees at Albany State, Valdosta State, and Florida State.

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