Holmes '64 is awarded Shepherd honorary doctorate
Dr. Robert A. "Bob" Holmes '64, director of the Southern Center for Studies in Public Policy and professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University, was awarded a doctor of humanities honorary degree during Shepherd College's commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19.

A 1964 graduate of Shepherd College with a B.S. degree in political science, Holmes received an M.S. in public law and government in 1966 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1969 from Columbia University.

In 2000 he was re-elected to his thirteenth term as a state representative in the Georgia General Assembly where he is a committee member of Appropriations and Rules and serves as chair of Governmental Affairs. Holmes was the first African American in the history of the General Assembly to serve on the Budget Subcommittee. He served as chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (1990-91) whose 35 members made it the largest Black Caucus in the U.S. He has successfully sponsored or co-sponsored more than 200 laws that have been passed in the Georgia General Assembly.

Holmes has authored, co-authored, or edited 25 books/monographs and has published more than 60 articles, chapters, and reviews in journals and books throughout the world and serves as the editor of two annual publications, Georgia Legislative Review and The Status of Black Atlanta. He has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Phylon, and The Review of Black Political Economy. He is active in numerous professional associations and has served as a chair, panelist, local arrangements chair, and paper presenter at more than 150 conferences.

The past president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Holmes has served as a consultant to many domestic and international public agencies and private corporations, as an expert witness in federal court cases involving civil rights and election laws, and has given lectures/speeches at more than 50 universities and over 200 churches, community/civic groups, professional associations, and parents/teachers public school organizations.

Holmes is a member of the boards of directors of 10 local and national organizations and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his civic activities including Atlanta Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Ten Outstanding Young People of Atlanta, Metro Atlanta YMCA Layman of the Year, American Association of Adult Educators Legislator of the Year Award, Atlanta NAACP Lobbying Network Hall of Fame, the Georgia Municipal Association Legislative Services Award, Georgia Environmental Council Legislator of the Year Award, National Black Caucus of State Legislators' Legislator of the Year Award, Clark Atlanta University/Amoco Foundation Teaching in Excellence Award, the Fannie Lou Hamer Community Services Award, Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Torchbearer Award, Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice Trailblazer Award, and had a section of I-285 from I-20 to I-85 named the Bob A. Holmes Freeway in his honor.

Holmes is listed in American Men and Women in Science, Contemporary Authors, Leaders of Black America, Personalities of the South, Who's Who in Georgia, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and Who's Who in American Politics.


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