Press Release

Atlanta Technical College Hosts Book Signing and Discussion with
Dr. Robert A. Holmes

Retired lawmaker and author Dr. Robert A. Holmes celebrated the release of his latest work with a book signing and discussion on Monday at Atlanta Technical College.   More than 75 students, faculty and members of the community attended the lecture on From Poverty to History Maker, held in the newly renovated Atlanta Technical College library.

Dr. Robert A. Holmes at Atlanta Technical College

Dr. Holmes, a native of Shepherdstown, West Virginia has been an integral part of the metropolitan Atlanta community for more than 40 years.  The book From Poverty to History Maker, chronicles his journey from the small, rural town of his birth that was inhabited by less than 800 people; to his rise as a leading businessman, community activist, educator and transformative figure in the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States.  

Dr. Holmes served 34 years in the Georgia General Assembly where he sponsored or co-sponsored more than 200 bills that became law. He was chair of the Education and Governmental Affairs Committees, the Atlanta-Fulton Delegation, and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.  Dr. Holmes was the African American to serve on the House Budget subcommittee, commonly referred to as the Green Door Committee (1989-2005) because it drafts the House version of the state budget.

Committed to community empowerment, Dr. Holmes spent much of his adult life forming linkages among education, civic and governmental entities to help address community ills.  He served on the Board of Directors for more than 20 Atlanta organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Citywide League of Neighborhoods, the Grady Hospital Authority, John Harland Boys Club, Jomandi Theater Company, the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA, Research Atlanta, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and the South Fulton Running Partners.

Dr. Robert A. Holmes signs From Poverty to History Maker for an Atlanta Technical College student

An avid supporter of education, Dr. Holmes received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University at age 25.  He was a faculty member at three prestigious universities and worked as the coordinator of the Harvard-Yale-Columbia Intensive Summer Studies Program before coming to Atlanta to help establish a doctoral program at Atlanta University.  Dr. Holmes published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, and authored or edited 25 books.

Dr. Holmes has been an enthusiastic supporter of technical education and on May 14, 2013, Atlanta Technical College dedicated the Dr. Robert A. Holmes Law Library in his honor.  Today, Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Peterman Thomas unveiled the commemorative portrait and plaque that were commissioned to mark Dr. Holmes’ exceptional achievements.

Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Peterman Thomas and Dr. Robert A. Holmes