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'It was all American': Excerpts from Ralph McGill's 1963 column
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Landon Lecture | Ralph McGill - audio only
Landon Lecture | Ralph McGill - audio only
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Landon Lecture Series
Ralph McGill Dawson Ga. WALB  interview
Ralph McGill Dawson Ga. WALB interview
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: AlbanyRecording
375 Ralph McGill Blvd
375 Ralph McGill Blvd
Published: 2012/10/15
Channel: Ken Mandich
747 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE 207 Atlanta GA 30312 - CAMERON MCCAA
747 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE 207 Atlanta GA 30312 - CAMERON MCCAA
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services
Ralph McGill
Ralph McGill
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: Christopher Russ
First Steel Beam of the New Ralph McGill Bridge
First Steel Beam of the New Ralph McGill Bridge
Published: 2012/03/09
Channel: Atlanta BeltLine
389 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Unit E, Atlanta, GA, 30312 Tour - $158,000
389 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Unit E, Atlanta, GA, 30312 Tour - $158,000
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
375 Ralph McGill Blvd
375 Ralph McGill Blvd
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: Dwayne Rouse
2014 McGill Lecture - Antonio Mora
2014 McGill Lecture - Antonio Mora
Published: 2014/11/04
Channel: UGAGradyCollege
Dancing on Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Dancing on Ralph McGill Blvd NE
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: christsons
Georgia Power
Georgia Power's new sign at 241 Ralph McGill
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: Georgia Power
389 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE Apt D Atlanta GA
389 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE Apt D Atlanta GA
Published: 2010/03/24
Channel: listingtosell
383 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
383 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2010/09/14
Channel: realestate
821 Ralph McGill Unit 3149
821 Ralph McGill Unit 3149
Published: 2012/05/03
Channel: dawnpfaulkner
Loft on Ralph McGill
Loft on Ralph McGill
Published: 2006/07/25
Channel: house4sale
Songs for kids @ Venkman
Songs for kids @ Venkman's | 740 Ralph McGill Blvd. April 1st 2017
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: VinylRefuge
Walking the Atlanta BeltLine: On the trail at Ralph McGill
Walking the Atlanta BeltLine: On the trail at Ralph McGill
Published: 2011/11/14
Channel: thebeltlineteam
747 Ralph McGill Blvd - Block Lofts #231 - Atlanta GA 30312
747 Ralph McGill Blvd - Block Lofts #231 - Atlanta GA 30312
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: Drew Atlanta Real Estate
Plaza  Walkthrough of Ralph McGill Mid Rise Plaza
Plaza Walkthrough of Ralph McGill Mid Rise Plaza
Published: 2012/05/05
Channel: mycahdbrown
659 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (English)
659 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (English)
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: PlanOmatic Videos
747 Ralph McGill Blvd #233 - Move-In/Out Video
747 Ralph McGill Blvd #233 - Move-In/Out Video
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Renata Mellor
821 Ralph McGill Blvd NE #3321, Atlanta, GA 30306
821 Ralph McGill Blvd NE #3321, Atlanta, GA 30306
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: PlanOmatic Videos
120 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE Unit 1005, Atlanta, GA, 30308 Tour - $190,000
120 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE Unit 1005, Atlanta, GA, 30308 Tour - $190,000
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
379-I Ralph McGill 9/22/13
379-I Ralph McGill 9/22/13
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: Christopher Russ
2012 Hall of  Fame - Ralph McGill
2012 Hall of Fame - Ralph McGill
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: AtlantaPressClub
747 Ralph McGill Blvd Unit 233 - Marketing Video
747 Ralph McGill Blvd Unit 233 - Marketing Video
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Renata Mellor
685 Ralph McGill Blvd - Old 4th Ward Expanded Bungalow - Atlanta 30312
685 Ralph McGill Blvd - Old 4th Ward Expanded Bungalow - Atlanta 30312
Published: 2012/10/11
Channel: intownexpert
New Georgia Power Sign
New Georgia Power Sign
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Georgia Power
120 RALPH MCGILL BLVD NE APT 1412 ATLANTA, GA
120 RALPH MCGILL BLVD NE APT 1412 ATLANTA, GA
Published: 2013/12/18
Channel: Scotchie Cochran
747 Ralph McGill Blvd #233 - Marketing Video
747 Ralph McGill Blvd #233 - Marketing Video
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: Renata Mellor
Homes for sale - 573 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Homes for sale - 573 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Around Atlanta
First steel beams laid into place on Ralph McGill Blvd. for new Atlanta BeltLine Bridge.
First steel beams laid into place on Ralph McGill Blvd. for new Atlanta BeltLine Bridge.
Published: 2012/03/06
Channel: Atlanta BeltLine
NuGrape Loft #2  - 794 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta GA 30312
NuGrape Loft #2 - 794 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta GA 30312
Published: 2014/11/15
Channel: leigh hays
821 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA Presented by The Hunter Group.
821 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA Presented by The Hunter Group.
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: househunteratlanta
Tears of Silver - Opus 40
Tears of Silver - Opus 40
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: R. Albert
Tears of Silver - Whatever Hell
Tears of Silver - Whatever Hell
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: R. Albert
Residential for sale - 389 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE B, Atlanta, GA 30312
Residential for sale - 389 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE B, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
Residential for sale - 389 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE E, Atlanta, GA 30312
Residential for sale - 389 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE E, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2017/04/15
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
Ralph
Ralph 'Trip' Emerson McGill, III Memorial Service
Published: 2011/08/03
Channel: Lisa Pickren
Tears of Silver - Nighttime
Tears of Silver - Nighttime
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: R. Albert
Tears of Silver - Don
Tears of Silver - Don't Let It Bring You Down
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: R. Albert
Homes for sale - 573 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Homes for sale - 573 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Around Atlanta
2011  Skater of theYear  Grant Taylor
2011 Skater of theYear Grant Taylor
Published: 2011/11/27
Channel: ba4hire
Aster | Atlanta GA Apartments | JLB Partners
Aster | Atlanta GA Apartments | JLB Partners
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: LivingSophisticated
Residential for sale - 120 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE 903, Atlanta, GA 30308
Residential for sale - 120 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE 903, Atlanta, GA 30308
Published: 2016/08/09
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
375 Ralph McGill Unit 804
375 Ralph McGill Unit 804
Published: 2013/10/11
Channel: Christopher Russ
Residential for sale - 375 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE 208, Atlanta, GA 30312
Residential for sale - 375 Ralph Mcgill Boulevard NE 208, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: AtlantaCommunities
676 Ralph Mcgill Place NE, # 676, Atlanta, GA 30312
676 Ralph Mcgill Place NE, # 676, Atlanta, GA 30312
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: YouTube First Multiple Listing Service
Homes for sale - 821 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE Unit # 2211, Atlanta, GA 30306
Homes for sale - 821 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE Unit # 2211, Atlanta, GA 30306
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: TheZacTeam
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Ralph McGill portrait by Robert Templeton, 1984

Ralph Emerson McGill (February 5, 1898 – February 3, 1969) was an American journalist, best known as an anti-segregationist editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper. He was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors, serving from 1945 to 1968.[1] He won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1959.

Early life and education[edit]

McGill was born February 5, 1898, near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. He attended school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After high school, he attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, but did not graduate because he was suspended his senior year for writing an article in the student newspaper critical of the school's administration. McGill served in the Marine Corps during World War I.[2]

Career in journalism[edit]

After the war, McGill got a job working for the sports department of the Nashville Banner and soon worked his way up to sports editor. In 1929, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to become the assistant sports editor of The Atlanta Constitution. Wanting to move from sports to more serious news, he got an assignment to cover the first Cuban Revolt in 1933. He also applied for and was granted a Rosenwald Fellowship in 1938, which allowed him to cover the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938.[3] These articles earned him a spot as executive editor of the Constitution, which he used to highlight the effects of segregation.[3] In response, many angry readers sent threats and letters to McGill. Some acted on the threats and burned crosses at night on his front lawn, fired bullets into the windows of his home and left crude bombs in his mailbox.[4]

Syndicated columnist[edit]

In the late 1950s, McGill became a syndicated columnist, reaching a national audience. In 1960, McGill was the only editor of a major white southern paper to cover the passive resistance tactics used by the students involved in the Greensboro sit-ins, although eventually other papers followed his lead.[3] He became friends with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, acting as a civil rights advisor and behind the scenes envoy to several African nations.

Final years and legacy[edit]

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, McGill received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from dozens of universities and colleges, including Harvard, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.[2] In 1963 he published his book The South and the Southerner as well as several anthologies of his newspaper articles. McGill died of a heart attack two days before his 71st birthday. After his death Ralph McGill Boulevard (previously Forrest Boulevard[3]) and Ralph McGill Middle School were named for him in Atlanta. In his honor, The McGill Lecture is held annually at The Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, featuring a nationally recognized journalist.

His personal papers were donated to Emory University and are available at the Manuscripts and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University Library. Ralph McGill is mentioned by name in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail as one of the "few enlightened white persons" to understand and sympathize with the civil rights movement at the time of the letter (April, 1963).[5] McGill's role in the campaign against segregation is depicted in Michael Braz's opera, A Scholar Under Siege, composed for the centenary of Georgia Southern University and premiered in 2007.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/george-foster-peabody-awards-board-members
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth A. Brennan and Elizabeth C. Clarage (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Oryx Press. p. 178. ISBN 1-57356-111-8.  (available on Google books)
  3. ^ a b c d Roberts, Gene and Hank Klibanoff (2006). The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-40381-7. 
  4. ^ Lippman, Theo (2003). "McGill and Patterson: Journalists for Justice". Virginia Quarterly Review (Autumn).  (available online)
  5. ^ King, Martin Luther (16 April 1963). "Letter from Birmingham Jail". Bates College. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Bynum, Russ, "Opera Tells How Georgia Racism Backfired", Associated Press, April 19, 2007. Accessed 27 January 2009.

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