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Augustus Colson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Orange
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Only What You Do For Christ Will Last.

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1936
Birth Location:
Chaires, Florida

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Orange
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Only What You Do For Christ Will Last.

Birthplace

Born:
5/25/1936
Birth Location:
Chaires
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Biography

Evangelist Augustus Colson was born to Minnie and Willie Colson in Chaires, Florida on May 25, 1936. He was the eldest of seven siblings and grew up in a religious family of four ministers. Determined to be in journalism, he practiced lettering art and graphics. Multi-talented, Colson graduated from Lincoln High School in 1955, with numerous awards in art. Colson's interest in journalism was finally realized at Alabama State College in Montgomery, under the tutelage of art professor Howard L. Oubre. In 1966, Colson graduated with a B.S. from Florida A & M University and turned his full attention to writing and art.

After several attempts to break into the media in Los Angeles, California without any success, Colson then returned to Tallahassee and started his own advertising production company. The company's resulting in-house publication, Church Times, was an instant success in showcasing local ministries. Furthermore, it provided a vehicle for the professional and personal growth and expansion of other graphic artists, illustrators, journalists, poets and photographers in the Georgia/Florida area. Church Times has been cited for its commitment to inspire and promote the rich traditions of Tallahassee's religious community since 1983.

Colson passed away on November 11, 2017 at the age of 81.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Augustus Colson describes his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Augustus Colson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Augustus Colson describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Augustus Colson describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Augustus Colson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Augustus Colson describes his parents' educational backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Augustus Colson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Augustus Colson describes starting first grade at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Augustus Colson describes his household chores
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Augustus Colson describes his childhood interest in artwork
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Augustus Colson describes his childhood experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Augustus Colson describes the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Augustus Colson describes his experience with the Primitive Baptist church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Augustus Colson describes his introducion to art as a sixth grade student at Lincoln High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Augustus Colson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Augustus Colson describes being inspired to become a better artist by Hodges and Rogers Glenn
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Augustus Colson talks about discovering his interest in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Augustus Colson talks about how his family responded to his drawing and writing talents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Augustus Colson describes his childhood experiences with segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Augustus Colson talks about enrolling at Alabama State College in 1955
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Augustus Colson talks about the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Augustus Colson discusses getting drafted into the United States Army in 1958
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Augustus Colson talks about his experience in the United States Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Augustus Colson describes his experience with the United States Army in Germany in 1959
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Augustus Colson talks about the environment for black soldiers in Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Augustus Colson talks about developing his interest in commercial art at Alabama State College and Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Augustus Colson describes his mentor at Florida A&M University, Dr. Howard Lewis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Augustus Colson talks about his willingness to create art for free
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Augustus Colson describes his senior exhibition for Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Augustus Colson describes moving to Los Angeles after graduating from Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Augustus Colson describes being redrafted into the United States Army for the Bay of Pigs invasion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Augustus Colson describes his reaction to the Watts riots in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Augustus Colson describes his experience living in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Augustus Colson reflects on his difficulty adapting to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Augustus Colson talks about his career in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Augustus Colson describes his decision to move back to Tallahassee, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Augustus Colson narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Augustus Colson talks about his first paid design job for Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Augustus Colson describes his career working as a designer for Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Augustus Colson talks about the start of his "Church Times" magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Augustus Colson talks about becoming a minister
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Augustus Colson talks about his role as a commercial artist within the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Augustus Colson talks about his role as a commercial artist within the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Augustus Colson talks about his creative process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Augustus Colson talks about the differences between his white and black clientele
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Augustus Colson talks about the role of an artist in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Augustus Colson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Augustus Colson talks about comforting others with his art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Augustus Colson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Augustus Colson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Augustus Colson narrates his photographs