The Civil Rights Movement Through The Eyes Of Lucius Holloway Sr.

By Charlene Holloway Bishop and Lucius Holloway Sr.
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The Civil Rights Movement through the Eyes of Lucius Holloway Sr.

Lucius Holloway learned at a very young age that the color of ones skin can affect how a person is treated. Armed with his strong faith, determination, and endurance, Lucius fought for the civil rights of African Americans, specifically the rights to vote and hold public office. With the help of the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he held voter registration meetings and spread awareness of civil rights through the black community in Terrell County, Georgia. After the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed into law, Lucius filed a lawsuit against the city and county so that African Americans could serve as elected members of the local government. In spite of dangers and threats to himself and his family, Lucius persevered in the hope that one day all would live in freedom and with equality. The Civil Rights Movement through the Eyes of Lucius Holloway Sr., which tells the inspiring story of one man who sought and won the rights of African Americans, is a tribute to all those who suffered discrimination and segregation during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.


Lucius Holloway Sr. lives in Dawson, Georgia, where he has worked for civil rights and the good of the community since the 1950s. He is a graduate of Terrell County public high school, and he received certification for auto body and frame construction from the Albany Vocational Technical College and for county commissioner training from the University of Georgia. He is a retired member of the US National Guard and a licensed funeral director in the state of Georgia. In 1955 Lucius became the first vice president of the Terrell County branch of the NAACP, a post that he still holds today. In his community, he is also a member of the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. Lucius and his wife, Emma Kate, have four children. The daughter of Lucius Holloway, Charlene Holloway Bishop is a graduate of Terrell High School. She attended Andrew College and received instructional hours in child development at Valdosta Technical Institute. She has worked as a child development program assistant and a Red Cross volunteer at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. She is a member of the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. She and her husband, Ret. US Air Force Msgt. Robbye A. Bishop, have two children.

Published: 2008
Page Count: 84