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Celebrating Black History Month: Notable Georgians Over 50 Making a Difference

Atlanta, Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia -- As the nation celebrates Black History Month, Georgia emerges as a cradle of extraordinary individuals whose contributions have etched an enduring mark on history. From their involvement in arts and activism to their entrepreneurial ventures and leadership roles, these distinguished Georgians stand as beacons of inspiration, embodying resilience, talent, and unwavering dedication. This February, AARP Georgia pays homage to Black History Month by highlighting the remarkable achievements of some of the state's luminaries aged 50 and above:

Andrew Young (91): A towering figure in American history, Andrew Young has long been a stalwart champion of equality and justice. His journey from the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his tenure as Atlanta's Mayor and later as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations underscores his enduring legacy of activism and diplomacy, resonating globally.

Xernona Clayton (93): Revered as a pivotal figure in Georgia's Black history, Xernona Clayton is commemorated with an 8-foot statue in downtown Atlanta for her steadfast commitment to civil rights and women's empowerment. Her indelible imprint on Atlanta's cultural tapestry, from her instrumental role in the Civil Rights, to becoming the first Black person to host a TV show in the South, speaks volumes about her profound influence. Clayton's philanthropic endeavors, including the establishment of the Trumpet Awards, stand as testaments to her unwavering pursuit of justice and equality.

Tyler Perry (52): A visionary filmmaker, playwright, and entrepreneur, Tyler Perry has redefined the contours of entertainment with his groundbreaking oeuvre. From the iconic Madea franchise to his philanthropic endeavors, Perry's impact on both the entertainment industry and Atlanta's community is profound and far-reaching.

Debra Tyler Horton (67): As AARP Georgia's State Director, Debra Tyler Horton positions AARP as a trusted leader, wise friend, and fierce defender for the state's 1.2 million members. With a dedicated team and over 400 volunteers, she helps to fight for the issues that matter most to families such as support for caregivers and protection from fraud, scams, and identity theft. As the executive director and producer of AARP Georgia’s award-winning "In My Own Words," she amplifies the voices of the 50+ community, enriching the cultural landscape with their narratives.

As we pay tribute to Black History Month, let us draw inspiration from the extraordinary legacies of these Georgians who have blazed trails of progress, leaving an indelible imprint on our collective consciousness. Their stories stand as powerful testaments to the enduring virtues of resilience, courage, and unwavering determination in uplifting communities and advancing societal change.

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