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Anita J. Ponder

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Executive
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/16/1961
Birth Location:
Fort Valley, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Museum Executive
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/16/1961
Birth Location:
Fort Valley
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Biography

Anita J. Ponder is president of the Macon City Council and director of education at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Prior to serving on the city council, Ponder served as judge of the Municipal Court in her hometown of Fort Valley, Georgia. Ponder was born April 16, 1961, the oldest of three children of Clifford and Margie Ponder of Fort Valley, Georgia.

Ponder received her B.S. degree in journalism/communications from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, and her J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. She served as editor of the Law Review during her second year of law school. Ponder formed a lucrative partnership with a fellow classmate and practiced criminal and personal injury law immediately following law school. She resigned from the firm and returned to her hometown to fulfill her life long ambition to work in the public sector. Ponder became judge of the Municipal Court in Fort Valley, a position that she held for four and a half years. She volunteered at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia, while it was in its infancy. She helped the museum to expand its exhibits nationally and internationally, and became director of its educational programs.

Ponder was appointed to the Macon City Council in 1998. In her role as president of the council, she has aided in the revitalization of the city through the neighborhood redevelopment plan. She continues to play a major role in the construction of the multi-million dollar facility that will house the Tubman Museum. Annually, in December, Ponder and friends host the Holiday Feast for All that feeds community members during the holiday season. Ponder is the editor of a recently published book: Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African American Women by Dr. Catherine Meeks. She raises Arabian horses, collects antique cars, and organizes antique car shows.

Ponder serves on the boards of the Macon State College Foundation, Macon Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Coalition of Black Women, and Newtown Macon. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Rotary International.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Anita J. Ponder's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder describes her maternal family's farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder describes her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder remembers her paternal great-aunt's cake business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder describes her paternal grandmother's neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Anita J. Ponder recalls her maternal grandmother's farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Anita J. Ponder describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Anita J. Ponder describes her family's tobacco farm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder describes her maternal family's businesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder describes her family's social standing in Lakeland, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder remembers the death of her cousin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder describes how her cousin's death impacted her career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder describes her grandparents' racial background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder describes her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder describes her paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder recalls spending time with her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anita J. Ponder describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Anita J. Ponder describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder remembers playing and learning at Fort Valley State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder describes her family life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder recalls her childhood neighborhood in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder recalls playing games with her friends in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder remembers playing baseball in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder describes the Ponderosa neighborhood in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder remembers learning the history of racism in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder recalls influential teachers in the Peach County school system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder describes her childhood ambition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder remembers attending Trinity Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder describes her childhood friendships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder recalls playing tennis and basketball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder remembers travelling to play tennis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder describes her high school tennis and basketball coach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Anita J. Ponder describes her childhood influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Anita J. Ponder describes attending Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder remembers playing the drums
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder recalls the 1975 tornado in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder describes the effect of basketball on her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder describes tourist attractions in Peach County, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder recalls deciding to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder describes attending South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder describes her journalism major
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder remembers encountering racism at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Anita J. Ponder remembers her early career as a criminal defense lawyer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder recalls her experiences on the South Texas Law Review
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder describes her partnership at Ponder and Jordan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder remembers deciding to leave Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder remembers volunteering at the Tubman African American Museum
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder recalls being a judge in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder remembers resigning as judge and running for the Macon City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder describes her housing initiatives on the Macon City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder describes revitalizing a neighborhood in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder describes her work as president of Macon City Council
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Anita J. Ponder describes the museum district in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder describes the musical history of Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Anita J. Ponder describes serving on boards as Macon City Council president
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Anita J. Ponder describes the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Anita J. Ponder describes exhibits and fundraising at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Anita J. Ponder describes the work of Richard Keil
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Anita J. Ponder talks about the significance of history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Anita J. Ponder reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Anita J. Ponder gives advice to aspiring young professionals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Anita J. Ponder describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Anita J. Ponder describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Anita J. Ponder reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Anita J. Ponder narrates her photographs, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Anita J. Ponder narrates her photographs, pt. 3