Bill Campbell

Mayor + Politician + Scholar
Born Jul 7, 1959

Bill Campbell (born 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina), is a former American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and served as the 57th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. , from 1994 to 2002. Campbell was the fifty-seventh mayor in the city's history and the third African American to hold the office. In 1960, a seven-year-old Bill Campbell was the first black student to attend an all-white school in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended William G. Enloe High School.… Read More

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1953 Birth Born in 1953.
1960 7 Years Old In the fall of 1960, Campbell became part of history when his parents enrolled the then 7-year old boy at Raleigh’s all-white Murphey Elementary School; this was the first step in integrating the largely white school Raleigh City School System.


1993 40 Years Old Heartily endorsed by his predecessor, Maynard Jackson, to take the reins in the 1993 election, Campbell subsequently fell into disfavour during his second term, despite defeating then-president of the Atlanta City Council, Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. The 1997 race was known for its emphasis on the racial overtones often not publicly seen in the African-American community, with Campbell being the lighter-skinned candidate and Arrington the darker complexioned.
1994 41 Years Old His term was from January 1994 to January 2002 Campbell would later be criticised for deploying anti-Black racist messaging in an attempt to deflect criticism of his record as mayor. … Read More


2004 51 Years Old In August 2004 Campbell retained high-profile attorney Billy Martin to defend him against several indictments by a federal grand jury on racketeering, bribery, and wire fraud. … Read More
2006 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Campbell was later acquitted on all charges relating to the indictments; although on March 10, 2006, a federal jury convicted him on three counts of tax evasion. … Read More
2008 55 Years Old After leaving prison he lived in a halfway house until October 21, 2008.
2009 56 Years Old Campbell was released from prison in February 2009 after receiving a shortened sentence by enrolling in a drug treatment program. … Read More
2010 57 Years Old In 2010 he recalled this time while talking to WRAL NEWS over the phone. “My family prepared me by simply saying this. ’This is important, and you’re going to have to do it. … Read More
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