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He is a political activist and civil rights eader. He founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960 - while attending Morehouse College) and served as its Communications Director (1961-1965). He was later elected to the Georgia Assembly (1965) but was denied his seat because of his statements opposing the war in Vietnam. He was, then, re-elected (1966) and was able to serve this time after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his right to hold office (1966-1974). As well, he was a U.S. Senator (Georgia - 1975-1987) and Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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