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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Volunteer
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Lobster Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
I Cannot Be Made Nervous.

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1920
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Volunteer
Elementary School Teacher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Lobster Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
I Cannot Be Made Nervous.

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1920
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Retired educator and community volunteer Georgia Nelle Smith Dickens, nicknamed Gee Gee, was born on December 24, 1920, in Atlanta, Georgia. Both of Dickens's parents, Reverend Harvey Miles Smith and Stella Bryant Smith, were college educated individuals who graduated from Morehouse College and Atlanta University respectively. Dickens's parents instilled in her a sense of responsibility, respect for self, and a passion for education. Dickens was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, attending E.R. Carter Elementary School; she went on to attend Madison High School where she graduated in 1937, at the age of fifteen, as the class salutatorian. In 1938, Dickens enrolled in Spelman College where she was voted Miss Personality by her peers; she graduated in 1942.

Dickens started her career as an educator in 1942 in Albany, Georgia; that same year, she married Morehouse College graduate Robert D. Dickens. Dickens moved back to Atlanta and began teaching at Young Street Elementary School, where she enjoyed working with children. While teaching, Dickens volunteered for the Children’s Alliance Theater Guild; she also chaired the United Negro College Fund Telethon and co-chaired the Volunteers Telephone Committee and the Democratic National Convention. After working in the Atlanta Public School System for forty-three years, she retired from teaching in 1982.

Dickens won several awards for her achievements and volunteerism; she was honored as an outstanding volunteer by the United Negro College Fund Telethon. In 1989 Dickens was presented with the President’s Award by the Atlanta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Essence magazine’s Ambassador Award; in 2001 she was awarded the Alumnae Achievement Award in Civic Service by Spelman College; in 2003 she won the National Visionary Leadership Award.

Dickens and her husband raised one son.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Georgia Dickens' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Georgia Dickens lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Georgia Dickens describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Georgia Dickens talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Georgia Dickens describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Georgia Dickens recalls her father's friendship with Martin Luther King, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Georgia Dickens describes her parents' personalities and her likeness to them
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Georgia Dickens describes her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Georgia Dickens describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Georgia Dickens describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Georgia Dickens describes her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Georgia Dickens describes her personality as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Georgia Dickens talks about attending elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Georgia Dickens describes houses her grandfather built and her neighbors as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Georgia Dickens describes her childhood neighbors in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Georgia Dickens describes her famous neighbors in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Georgia Dickens remembers Dr. Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Georgia Dickens describes her experiences in elementary and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Georgia Dickens recalls getting into trouble at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Georgia Dickens describes her close relationship with her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Georgia Dickens recalls her extracurricular activities at Spelman College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Georgia Dickens describes college experience and goals after graduating
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Georgia Dickens recalls marrying her husband, Robert D. Dickens
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Georgia Dickens describes teaching at Atlanta's Young Street Elementary School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Georgia Dickens recalls teaching at segregated public schools in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Georgia Dickens describes Atlanta's Alliance Theatre and her school dance and drama programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Georgia Dickens describes her involvement with Atlanta's Alliance Children's Theatre Guild
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Georgia Dickens talks about her volunteerism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Georgia Dickens talks about her volunteerism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Georgia Dickens remembers family friend, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Georgia Dickens recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Georgia Dickens talks about HistoryMaker Julian Bond and his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Georgia Dickens recalls a race riot in Atlanta, Georgia in 1906
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Georgia Dickens describes HistoryMaker John Lewis and the National Black Arts Festival
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Georgia Dickens describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Georgia Dickens reflects upon social changes at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Georgia Dickens shares her thoughts about changes in social etiquette
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Georgia Dickens reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Georgia Dickens reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Georgia Dickens talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Georgia Dickens reflects up on her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Georgia Dickens describes how she would like to be remembered