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Borders, William Holmes

b. 1905 - d. 1993

William Holmes Borders, a civil rights activist and pastor of the Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, was a graduate of Morehouse College before attending the Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. In 1940, he was given a weekly radio program because of his influence within the black community in Atlanta. He attracted listeners of both races to his discussions of issues such as segregation and disenfranchisement, becoming the second-highest-rated broadcaster in Atlanta. He led successful campaigns to hire African American police officers and to desegregate public transportation. Borders established the first federally subsidized low-income church-operated housing project in the nation the 1960s.

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