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Saving the Soul of Georgia

Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights Maurice C. Daniels, University of Georgia Press





























UGA School of Social Work dean receives award for excellence in research

Posted November 23, 2015
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Maurice Daniels
Maurice C. Daniels

Athens, Ga. -- Maurice C. Daniels, dean and professor of the University of Georgia School of Social Work, has received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of an Archives. The GHRAC awards recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.

Daniels is the author of “Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights” (UGA Press, 2013), the first biography of Donald L. Hollowell, Georgia’s chief civil rights attorney during the 1950s and 1960s.

The award was presented by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and GHRAC Chair Toby Graham on Oct. 28 during the thirteenth annual GHRAC Archives Awards Program at the Georgia Archives in Morrow. In presenting the award, Graham quoted a review by Harvard law professor Kenneth Mack that Daniels’ book explores "much-neglected aspects of the history of the civil rights movement…where lawyers like Hollowell played an essential role in allowing activists and ordinary African Americans to negotiate a repressive local legal system.”

In addition to utilizing national archival repositories to research his book, Daniels made extensive use of Georgia repositories: the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Albany Civil Rights Institute, Atlanta History Center, National Archives at Atlanta, Georgia Archives, Atlanta University Center’s Woodruff Library, and special collections at Columbus State University, Georgia State University and Emory University.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Daniels. “I am grateful for the many archives and libraries in Georgia and other states that provided rich sources for this book. I am equally appreciative for the able assistance of archivists who provided me guidance and direction.”

The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The GHRAC promotes the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage and is charged with advising the governor, secretary of state and the Georgia Archives on records and policy issues. For more information, visit