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5 Fun Facts About August 30 In Georgia History

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1) On August 30, 1813, the Creek War began in Georgia when a group of Native Americans, led by Red Eagle (also known as William Weatherford), attacked a group of settlers in what is now known as the Fort Mims Massacre. This event marked the beginning of a conflict between the Creek Nation and the United States that lasted for two years.

2) In 1906, on August 30th, the Atlanta Race Riot began when a white woman claimed she had been raped by a black man. This led to two days of violence in which mob violence resulted in the death of over 20 people, mostly African Americans, and significant property damage.

3) On August 30, 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first speech in Atlanta after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The speech, titled "Facing the Challenge of a New Age," was given at the annual convention of the Georgia NAACP.

4) In 1961, on August 30th, the Albany Movement was founded in Albany, Georgia. The Albany Movement was a civil rights organization that advocated for desegregation and voting rights. It was instrumental in the larger civil rights movement and helped to inspire the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington.

5) On August 30, 1990, future professional basketball player Dwight Howard was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Howard would go on to have a successful career in the NBA, winning a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. He was also a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and an eight-time All-Star.
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