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Category: Disrupters & Interlopers

Figures from the Deep South’s past who advocated for unpopular positions

Disrupters & Interlopers: Ralph McGill

Ralph McGill was the editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper, and from the late 1930s through the late 1960s his strong support for social justice and progress in race relations led some to call him “the conscience of the South.” McGill was born in 1898 in rural Tennessee, served in the Marine Corps, went to Vanderbilt, and entered journalism in the 1920s as a sports writer. He came to work at the Constitution in 1929. During his time at the Atlanta Constitution, McGill wrote thousands of editorials and won the… Read more Disrupters & Interlopers: Ralph McGill