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Samantha Nicholson

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Wesley Wallace Law
W.W.Law was born on January 1, 1923 in Savannah. He was a civil rights leader in Savannah, Georgia. Today, he's a living symbol of civil rights and a people's struggle for equality. He began his civil rights work by joining the Youth Council of the National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People, also known as NAACP.
Works done by W.W.Law
He was dedicated to the preservation of black history and culture in Savannah.
During the 1970s, he worked to save the old Laurel Grove South Cemetery, a historically African American Cemetery.
In 1976 he formed the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1976.
In 1977 he began the Savannah Negro Heritage Trail tour.
He helped organize such Savannah landmarks as the King Tisdell Cottage and the Savannah Negro Heritage Trail tour.
In beneficial to preserve Savannah's only remaining downtown black neighborhood and prevent black rearrangement from the inner city, Law organized the Beach Institute Historic Neighborhood in 1978.
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Beliefs of W.W.Law
Law believed that nonviolent means, the best way to open the city for blacks.
He strongly opposed night marches favored by Hosea Williams and his Chatham County Crusade for Voters, believing the night marches allowed people with violent agendas to take to the city's streets.
The rift between Law and Williams prompted Williams and others to leave the NAACP and join forces with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
In conclusion, W.W.Law was the greatest man to help in the African- American civil war movement. Not only in civil war but he gave his contributions in NAACP, ASALH, Ralph Mark Gilbert and Rights Museum.
On the Savannah Mayor's Negro Advisory Committee from 1946 until 1947, when he satisfied in complain over the segregation of blacks during the viewing of the Freedom Train, a traveling exhibit of National Archives documents relating to the american heritage of freedom.
He was president of the Georgia NAACP from 1953 to 1966, and president of the Savannah Branch of the NAACP for 26 years.
"I was not a leader but there were the events of my life that I was forced to confront,and it was those burdens forced upon me that led me into involvement; others then chose to label my recognition of accomplishment as inspiration." He said
Westley Wallace Law was the only son and the oldest of the three children of Geneva Wallace and Westley Law.
He came from a poor family and began working at the age of ten to help his mother after his father died.
Later on he credited his success in life to his mother and to Lillie Belle Wallace, his grandmother, who instilled in him a love for reading and social justice.
He was inspired by his mentor, Ralph Mark Gilbert, pastor of the First African Baptist Church, who revived the local branch of the Savannah NAACP.
Law received honorary doctorates from Savannah College of Art and Design (1997) and Savannah State University (2000).
He retired as Savannah NAACP president in 1976, after serving for twenty-six years.
He established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH).
Law died at age 79 on July 29, 2002.
He died at his home in Savannah.
He died because of natural causes.
He was never married and had no children.
He began working at the age of ten to help his recently widowed mother while also attending school.
In high school, Law joined the NAACP Youth Council and later served as the council's president while in college at Georgia State College.
His college career was interrupted when he was drafted into military service in World War II.
With the help of the GI Bill, he returned to college where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology.
His childhood photograph
His Childhood
Law's father, Westley W. Law, died when he was nine, leaving him the.
His mother, Geneva Wallace Law, worked as a domestic help. She also, read him a bedtime story each night.
He always believed in god.
Awards won by him
Honorary Doctorates from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1997.
Distinguished Georgian Award in 1998.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Preservation Award in 2001.
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