Black educator and civil rights leader John Hope was born in Augusta, Georgia on June 2, 1868. 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 February 20, 1936, and was buried on the grounds of Morehouse College in Atlanta.