About This Episode
From the late 19th century until the civil rights movement, the black people of Cartersville, Georgia lived exclusively in the Summer Hill section of town. Summer Hill is a compelling look at the influence of one small, tightly knit community – its school, churches and civic leaders – on its residents.
Despite poverty, racism and limited opportunity, Summer Hill – and its segregated school – flourished for four generations. Summer Hill produced Georgia's first black Supreme Court justice; a famous Motown songwriter; teachers, ministers, doctors, lawyers and other professionals; and many others who have made major contributions to their hometown and to society. In their own words, the people of Summer Hill tell the empowering story of their community, and reveal its lasting legacy of hope.