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Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader
Association Chief Executive
Transportation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Olive
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Maui
Favorite Quote:
We make our living by what we get, we make

Birthplace

Born:
4/12/1950
Birth Location:
Toccoa, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader
Association Chief Executive
Transportation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Olive
Favorite Food:
Soul Food, Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Maui
Favorite Quote:
We make our living by what we get, we make

Birthplace

Born:
4/12/1950
Birth Location:
Toccoa
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Biography

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. was born April 12, 1950 in Toccoa, Georgia to Lizzie Dortch and Thomas W. Dortch, Sr. Dortch, Jr. went on to become an influential leader and mentor as well as a successful businessman.

After graduating from Whitman Street High School in 1968, Dortch attended Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 1972. That year, he began his formal career by seeking to aid disenfranchised people through proposing projects for the State of Georgia. In 1974, he became the associate director of the Georgia Democratic Party. In 1978, Dortch began working as an administrative aide for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and eventually became State Director, the first African American to serve in this position. Dortch worked tirelessly to represent the interests of small businesses, minorities, and other marginalized individuals.

Dortch became civically active during these years, and in 1986 joined 100 Black Men of America, a mentoring program intended to improve the quality of life and opportunities for education and employment for African Americans. He served as chairman of 100 Black Men of Atlanta and became the chairman of 100 Black Men of America's national board of directors. That same year, he earned his M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark Atlanta University and married Carole Dortch. He also founded the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

In 1994, after more than 16 years of government service, Dortch left his position to pursue his own business interests. He became CEO of the consulting firm TWD, Inc. and Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., a Fulton County paratransit company. He still holds both positions.

Thomas Dortch has won numerous awards highlighting his achievements, including a Presidential Citation for volunteerism, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, and the Concerned Black Clergy's Salute to Black Fathers Leadership Award. Dortch has four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 4
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 5
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch narrates his photographs, pt. 6
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Slating of Thomas Dortch's interview
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch lists his favorites
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch describes his father's background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Thomas Dortch describes his father's background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Thomas Dortch talks about his community in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Thomas Dortch explains the origins of his family name, Dortch
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Thomas Dortch describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Thomas Dortch talks about his family's influence on him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Thomas Dortch describes his earliest memories in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch talks about the importance of community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch describes the sights, smells, and sounds growing up in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch talks about attending Whitman Street School in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch talks about his teachers at Whitman High School and Fort Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch describes himself as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Thomas Dortch talks about his mentors that included Julian Bond, Congressman John Lewis, and Lonnie King
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Thomas Dortch talks about his mentors and teachers at Whitman Street High School in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Thomas Dortch talks about playing basketball in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch reflects on terrorism after September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch talks about playing basketball in his youth and learning teamwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch describes attending Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch describes his academic focus at Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch talks about his election as student body president at Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Thomas Dortch describes his campaign for delegate for the Georgia Democratic National Convention his senior year at Fort Valley State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Thomas Dortch talks about his involvement with Georgia state politics as a student at Fort Valley State University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Thomas Dortch talks about his involvement with Georgia state politics as a student at Fort Valley State University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Thomas Dortch talks about being awarded the Ford Fellowship at Georgia State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch talks about the differences between running his own business and being a public servant
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch describes becoming the associate director of the Georgia Democratic Party in 1974
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch talks about working with Senator Sam Nunn in 1978, eventually becoming the first black State Director for Georgia in 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch describes learning the political process while working with Senator Sam Nunn from 1978-1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch reflects on African American political leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Thomas Dortch talks about starting his own business after leaving politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch describes starting his companies, including the consulting firm TWD, Inc, and Atlanta Transportation Systems
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch talks about his involvement with the 100 Black Men organization in 1986
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Thomas Dortch talks about the 100 Black Men Atlanta sponsoring Archer High School students' education in 1987
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Thomas Dortch talks about being elected National President of 100 Black Men in 1994 and the programs they offer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Thomas Dortch describes the headquarters of the 100 Black Men in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Thomas Dortch compares the 100 Black Men with the Million Man March
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Thomas Dortch talks about his plans for the 100 Black Men
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Thomas Dortch describes building 100 Black Men
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Thomas Dortch talks about being diagnosed with cancer in 1988
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Thomas Dortch describes his hopes for his future and what he wants his legacy to be