Timeline

1917
Born in Wichita, KS.

1941-1945
Served in World War II.

1943
Married the former Louise Thornton.

1947
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lane College in TN.

1951
Earned law degree from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.

1952
Launched law practice in Atlanta, GA.

1960
Secured the release of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Reidsville State Prison. Also prevented the electrcution
of a 15-year-old boy, days before his scheduled execution.

1961-1962
Chief Counsel on many cases in the historic Albany movement.

1966
Appointed as Regional Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Lyndon
B. Johnson.

1971-1986
Served as president of the Voter Education Project, helping increase Black voter registration from 3 million
to 5.5 million.

1990
Emory University creates the Donald L. Hollowell professorship.

2002
Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Georgia

2004
Died in Atlanta, GA at the age of 84.

2010
University of Georgia creates the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professorship of Social Justice and
Civil Rights Studies

2011
Dr. Obie Clayton selected as inaugural Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor

2012
University of Georgia School of Social Work launches Hollowell Lecture series, to be given annually by
noted historians and civil rights scholars.