Georgia Davis Powers, American civil rights activist and politician, Died at 92


Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers was born on October 19, 1923, and died on January 30, 2016.
She was an American politician.
She has served for 21 years as a member of the state Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
After she was elected in 1967, Georgia became the first person of color and the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate.
She was the daughter of Frances Walker and Ben Gore Montgomery.
The family later relocated the family to the state’s largest metropolis, Louisville.
She received her early education at the Virginia Avenue Elementary School and Madison Junior High School.
Following that Georgia then attended and graduated from Central High School in 1940, and from 1940 to 1942 attended the Louisville Municipal College.
She got married while she was still young, as a wife and a mother of an adopted son, William (known as Billy), Georgia and her husband Norman “Nicky” Davis joined the New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Louisville.
She was a God fearing woman, her fellow church member Verna Smith encouraged Georgia to take her first steps into Democratic Party politics by joining the U.S. Senatorial campaign staff of Wilson Wyatt.
Following the next 6yrs, she worked on political campaigns, including that of Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, who ran favorably for Governor of Kentucky in 1963.
Mrs. Powers was selected in the national photographic exhibit that opened on February 8, 1989, at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America.
In 1989, she earned her honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Kentucky and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Louisville.
She had battled with congestive heart failure for several years.
Georgia Davis Powers passed away at 92 yrs old.