William Holmes Borders

William Holmes Borders

Rev. William Holmes Borders, Sr. (1905-1993)[1] was a civil rights activist and leader and pastor of

  1. ^ New Georgia Encyclopedia"William Holmes Borders",
  2. ^ "Our History", 'Wheat Street Baptist Church
  3. ^ a b "William Holmes Borders", PBA (Public Broadcasting Atlanta) Online
  4. ^ Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionObituary of William Holmes Borders, Jr. at


  • New Georgia Encyclopedia"William Holmes Borders",

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Borders Sr. was the father of William Holmes Border, Jr., and the grandfather of Lisa Borders, member of the Atlanta City Council and one time candidate for mayor of Atlanta in the 2009 election.[4]

[3] During bus desegregation in Atlanta, Borders sat in the front of a bus and was arrested. He formed the Wheat Street Credit Union to provide low interest loans to blacks. Three times in the 60s and 70s, Borders ran for the

Borders' influence in the black community was the trigger for a local radio station to offer him a weekly program in 1940. Listeners of both races tuned in to hear information about segregation, disfranchisement, patriotism (this was during World War II), and black migration to the north. The program became the second-highest-rated broadcast in Atlanta.[3]