Chief Justice offers inspiration to dreamers - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Chief Justice offers inspiration to dreamers

January 21, 2008

Albany--  A successful Georgia native says he built upon Dr. King's dream. He's now making history of his own.

Robert Benham is the former Chief Justice of Georgia's Supreme Court. He was the first African American to begin a law practice in Bartow County and in 1989 became the first African American to serve on the state's highest court.

Benham says it took hard work to fulfill his dreams. Benham told hundreds of King Day Celebration attendees that he went from shining shoes in Cartersville to shining in the halls of justice. He wants today's generation to realize they too can build upon the dream by making the right choices.

"They have to understand that you have to make some sacrifices and that there are those that accomplished things before you did and that's why I look back in terms of paying homage to those who proceeded me," said Benham.  

Benham was only the second African American to graduate from UGA's School of Law. He and Atlanta City Councilman Lisa Borders spoke at Monday night's King Celebration. Borders plans to run for mayor of Atlanta to succeed Shirley Franklin.

feedback: news@walb.com?subject=BenhamKingDay

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly