Amanda (Knoedler) Penland
One of the first names closely associated with the Civil Rights movement in Georgia was that of Amanda Penland. As editor of the Unidilla, GA. newspaper she witnessed the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan and decided to fight rather than be intimidated, challenging the Klansmen to take off their masks after beating a black man who was trying to vote.
At one point the Klan retaliated by burning a cross on the front lawn of the house in which she lived. She learned to fire a gun to protect herself. In 1950, following a lauditory article in the New York Times, Constitution editor Ralph McGill invited her to Atlanta to speak to the state via radio. In 1952 she left Unidilla, moving to Aiken, South Carolina, where she served as bureau chief for the Augusta Chronicle. She married in 1956, ending her career.
In 2002 the Georgia Council on Women honored her at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism.