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Atlanta Civil Rights Activist Passes

Posted: Dec. 26th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse

Made famous for becoming the first black president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in addition to his many accomplishments in business and as a vocal civil rights activist, Jesse Hill Jr passed on December 17th. The Atlanta businessman will be remembered for the great influence he has had over the fair city.

Jesse Hill Jr., a civil rights leader and businessman who later became the first black president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, died Monday. He was 86.

Hill had a close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and helped make sure his legacy would be remembered, according to Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center, where Hill served as chairman of the board of directors from 1979 to 1995.

"He was very instrumental in developing the growth of the King Center and really a giant in Atlanta civic affairs," Klein said.

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