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January 11, 1957 Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth, Bayrd Rustin and others meet at Ebeneezer Church in Atlanta to form the group that will become the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King becomes its president and Abernathy becomes treasurer
  Martin Luther King
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
  The Road to Integration
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
February 12, 1957 Federal judge Frank Hooper dismisses Horace Ward's case to integrate the University of Georgia on the grounds that he had failed to reapply when he was rejected and that he had been accepted to another law school
  Donald L. Hollowell
  The Road to Integration
February 14, 1957 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is founded, with Martin Luther King as its leader.
  Martin Luther King
February 24, 1957 About 100 members of the Ku Klux Klan visit Koinonia Farms after a Sumter County newspaper erroneously reports that the owner endorsed the applications of two black men to Georgia State College of Business Administration (now Georgia State College). They advice the owners it would be a good time to leave the county
  Sumter County, Georgia
February 28, 1957 Cindy Wilson, lead singer of the B-52's, born in Athens
March 1, 1957 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars airs The Life You Save, starring Gene Kelly, Agnes Moorehead and Janice Rule. It is written by Flannery O' Connor
  Flannery O'Connor
March 13, 1957 The original 220 acres of land for New Echota is given to the state.
  Gordon County, Georgia
April 5, 1957 Tornadoes strike Lamar, Schley, Macon, Peach, Warren, Columbia, Colquitt, Ware, and Chatham counties, killing 2 and injuring 6, with more than a million dollars in damage.
  Colquitt County, Georgia
  Columbia County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
  Lamar County, Georgia
  Schley County, Georgia
  Macon County, Georgia
  Peach County, Georgia
  Warren County, Georgia
  Ware County, Georgia
  Chatham County, Georgia
May 13, 1957 State of Georgia approves $250,000 to improve land purchased by the city of Calhoun and Gordon County and donated to the state. The land was the site of the first capital of the Cherokee Nation, New Echota.
  Gordon County, Georgia
May 13, 1957 The first commercial jet lands at Atlanta Municipal Airport
June 18, 1957 The U. S. House passes Civil Rights legislation proposed by the Eisenhower administration, and backed by the President himself.
  The Road to Integration
July 2, 1957 Senator Richard B. Russell speaks on the floor of the U. S. Senate in an attempt to weaken the Civil Rights bill now under consideration. The senator claims the bill will unfairly "punish The South" and claims that President Eisenhower does not understand the full implications of the bill.
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
July 3, 1957 President Eisenhower says he wants to study some of the provisions of the Civil Rights bill.
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
July 10, 1957 Senator Russell meets with President Eisenhower about the pending Civil Rights legislation
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
August 7, 1957 The Senate passes the 1957 Civil Rights Bill. Because of differences between the House and Senate version, the bill goes to committee.
  The Road to Integration
August 7, 1957 Oliver Hardy, comedy actor who was born in Harlem and raised in Madison, dies from a cerebral thrombosis.
  Oliver Hardy
August 29, 1957 The 1957 Civil Right Act is passed in the Senate by a vote of 60 to 15. It was the first Civil Rights legislation passed in the United States in 79 years.
  The Road to Integration
August 30, 1957 The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis merges with the L&N
October 5, 1957 Hank Aaron is named National League MVP.
  Hank Aaron
October 9, 1957 Dedication of the completed Lake Lanier dam.
  Lake Lanier
  Sidney Lanier
November 26, 1957 Robins Air Force Base controllers reported a silver, cigar shaped object that hovered for 8 minutes, then suddenly vanished
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