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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.

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