Michael W. Thomas is a third-generation Cobb countian. His father, Marion Thomas, spent a career in the Air Force, was a supply management officer at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, and in 1971 was the first African American to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Marietta Housing Authority. <a href="http://archivesspace.kennesaw.edu/repositories/4/resources/309"_blank">The Marion Thomas Collection</a> is housed in the KSU Archives [Identifier: SC-T-002]. As a second-grader in 1966 Michael was one of the first African American students to integrate the previously all-white Hickory Hills Elementary School in Marietta. He was class president when he graduated in 1977 from Marietta High School. After attending Kennesaw College briefly, Michael Thomas made a career in data processing, sales, and customer relationship management, serving as national president of the CRM Association and working for a variety of national companies, most recently Microsoft Corporation. His community service includes serving as a board member and teaching classes for the Diverse Cobb series of the Marietta Museum of History.
Interview with Michael W. Thomas, 2018-04-17, Cobb County oral history series, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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