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The Reverend Joseph Everhart Boone
"Civil Rights Legend"
(September 19, 1922 - July 15, 2006)

Booker T. Washington High School, Atlanta, Georgia
B.S., Houston Tillotson College (1950), Austin, Texas
Bachelor of Divinity, Gammon Theological Seminary (1954), Atlanta, Georgia

First Congregational Church, Anniston, Alabama (1955-1959)
Rush Memorial Congregational Church, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia (1959-1980)

Booker T. Washington Bulldogs
Negro World's Football Champion New York Brown Bombers (1943-1947)
Captain, Houston Tillotson College Football Team

Some of the major highlights of his career were:

POLITICAL ACTIVISIM (Included, but was not limited to)



The achievements of those campaigns in which he participated are legendary. The impact was astounding-history making changes in the city of Atlanta, regionally, and nationally. The scope and span of his career as an activist for civil and economic rights are amazing. There are few sectors of the economy that have not been subject to his scrutiny.

Economic participation agreements affecting upward mobility for laborers, hiring in middle management, improved salary scales, banking deposits with black banks, contracts for suppliers and services (such as advertising) were negotiated with the following companies:




It is almost impossible to recall the America and the Atlanta that existed for Black Americans before Joe Boone.

Some of His Many Honors and Awards

1959 Anniston, Alabama "Civic Leader of the Year" - First Congregational Church
1964, The Young Man of the Year in Religion, Atlanta Chapter of the Y's Men, International
1967 The Excelsior Knights Citizenship Award
1971 Governor's Council on Human Relations (Appointed by Governor Jimmy Carter)
1971 WGUN Outstanding Citizen Radio Award, Atlanta
1973 National Labor Relations Award
1975 Bronner Brothers "Civil Rights Fighter of the Year"
Gate City Day Care Nursery Board of Directors
Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
1991 Clark Atlanta University "Civil Rights Award"
1999 Community Service and Civil Rights Award
2002 United Church of Christ Meritorious Award
2003 Civil Rights Legend Award
2005 Christianity, Civil Rights and Humanity Award
2006 Special Congressional Recognition
2006 International Civil Rights Walk of Fame Award

Joseph is the son of the late John L. and Mattie Roberts Boone. During his marriage to Atlanta educator Alethea Williams Boone of Selma, Alabama, they became the parents of two daughters, Jolaunda and Andrea. Jolaunda, who has chosen real estate as a career, is presently married to Reginald Campbell and they are the proud parents of ReJoseph Bernard and MeLeah Joyea. Andrea is currently Chief Administrative Officer for Atlanta City Council District Ten. Faithful to his memory and dedicated to his cause are many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and the Civil Rights community.