TONIGHT: An Evening with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

By Marcia Lee, Serials Specialist

“We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes — and we must.”

Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture

For the first event of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series for the 2014-2015 school year, this evening in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, located on the downtown campus, the school will host former president, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  The book signing will begin at 3:45 pm in Calkins Science Center on campus, followed by the lecture in the Fieldhouse at 5 pm – both are sold out.  Below are a handful of quick facts about Jimmy and Rosalynn’s lives, personal and professional.

 Personal Life:

  • James Earl Carter Jr. born on October 1st, 1924
  • Parents were James Sr. and Lillian Gordy Carter
  • Married Rosalynn Smith in 1946
  • Has 4 children with Rosalynn
    • John William (Jack) born in 1947
    • James Earl (Chip) born in 1950
    • Donnell Jeffrey (Jeff) born in 1952
    • Amy Lynn born in 1967

 Highlights of Professional Accomplishments:

  • Graduated in 1946 with a bachelor’s degree from the US Naval Academy
  • Georgia State Senator (2 consecutive terms)
  • Georgia Governor
  • 39th President (1977-81)
  • Nobel Prize of Peace (2002)

Jimmy and Rosalynn founded the Carter Center with the mission to, “wage peace, fight disease, build hope”, in 1982.  For more information about current projects, previous accomplishments and future plans for the Carter Center click here to be taken to the organization’s website.

For more information about this and any of the other upcoming events for the Diversity Lecture Series, click HERE.

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