James E. Gober grew up in the Baptist Town area of Marietta, Georgia, and graduated from Lemon Street High School. He attended Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, and Daniel Payne Junior College in Birmingham, Alabama. While Mr. Gober was in Birmingham he participated in the civil rights movement. His arrest for protesting segregation was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Gober v. City of Birmingham in 1963. He returned to Marietta and has worked in the City of Marietta Dept. of Recreation and the construction industry. Mr. Gober was the first African American male to hold a position in the Urban Renewal Dept. of the Marietta Housing Authority. He was a longtime friend of community activist Hugh Grogan and is married to Grogan's ex-wife, Bettye.
Interview with James E. Gober transcript, 2009-10-22, Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights series, 2009-2010, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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