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This Day in Georgia History

June 02, 1868

John Hope Born

To view an image of John Hope, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Black educator and civil rights leader John Hope was born in Augusta. In 1895, he spoke out against Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” address. Hope became the first black president of Morehouse College (1906-1931) and first black president of Atlanta University (1929-1936). He also participated in the Niagara Movement and formation of the NAACP. Hope died Feb. 20, 1936, and was buried on the grounds of Morehouse College in Atlanta.