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The Honorable Lottie Watkins

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pastel
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1919
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pastel
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/4/1919
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Lottie Heywood Watkins is the retired CEO of Lottie Watkins Enterprises, Inc., a full-service real estate company specializing in property management. Watkins entered the real estate industry in the early 1960s and became the first African American female real estate broker in the Atlanta market. Watkins is known throughout the Atlanta business community as a shrewd businesswoman and is highly respected for the contributions she has made to civic and social affairs.

Watkins is the daughter of Susie Wilson and Eddie Heywood, a 1920s jazz pianist. Her brother, the second eldest of five children, gained critical fame with the Eddie Heywood, Jr. Trio throughout the 1940s as a songwriter, composer and pianist. Watkins was educated in the Atlanta Public School system and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School’s accelerated class in 1935. She graduated from Reid’s School of Business and became a secretary for Alexander—Calloway Realty Company. She worked as a teller/clerk at the Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association until she started Lottie Watkins Enterprises, Inc.

Watkins became active with the voter’s rights campaign, the Civil Rights Movement and community–based organizations. In 1977, she was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. She served as Co-Chair of the YMCA Membership Campaign, the American Cancer Society, and the NAACP Membership Drive and Freedom Fund Banquet. She was Chair of the Christmas Cheer Fund for the Atlanta Inquirer. Watkins has received numerous awards and citations; the Pioneer in Real Estate Award (Providence Missionary Baptist Church), Appeal of Human Rights Award (30th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement), Pioneer Award for Community Leadership (Empire Real Estate Board) and Outstanding Achievement in Real Estate and Business Award (Empire Real Estate Board 50th Anniversary). She was listed in Who’s Who of American Women, in Finance and Industry, Black World and International Who’s Who in Community Service and World Who’s Who of Women.

Watkins resided in her native Atlanta with her daughters and their families, Joyce and Judy, who actively operated Lottie Watkins Enterprises, Inc.

Watkins passed away on February 20, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Lottie Watkins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins talks about her brother, Eddie Heywood, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes her childhood community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers living near Zilla Mays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes Atlanta's Providence Baptist Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers Edmund Asa Ware Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers visiting Atlanta area churches
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls working at her aunt's restaurant in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins talks about her father's jazz career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls attending business school in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls working in Atlanta University's registrar's office
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls working for the Alexander-Calloway Realty Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her start at Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association of Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls building her home in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins talks about her marriages
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her training with Remington Rand, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls how John Wesley Dobbs financed her daughter's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her daughter's graduation from Clark College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers her daughter's wedding
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes Clarence A. Bacote
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes Atlanta's neighborhood clubs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes Atlanta's African American voting districts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her voter registration work in 1962
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes her decision to start her own business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls managing property on Atlanta's Anderson Avenue
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls residence managers whom she employed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers a tenant who stood up for her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls joining Rich's Business Women's Advisory Board
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls the student protest of Rich's Department Store in Atlanta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes forgetting an important protest at an Atlanta hotel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes the current management of Lottie Watkins Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her run for the Georgia House of Representatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her Democratic Party involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls campaigning for James Earl "Jimmy" Carter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers campaigning for Ivan Allen, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins remembers Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls serving on the Democratic finance committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls moving to a new office in Atlanta
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins recalls her office relocation from Hunter Street to Gordon Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes the loan for her building on Atlanta's Gordon Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins reflects upon her political campaigns
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins reflects upon her SCLC involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins explains why she shared her story
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins describes her NAACP involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lottie Watkins narrates her photographs, pt. 2