Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announces that justices of the Supreme Court of Georgia will participate tomorrow in a rousing car parade to mark the recent retirement
of Justice Robert Benham from the state’s highest court. The parade is set for 1 this afternoon in Cartersville, Benham’s home town.
The parade will commence at 707 South Erwin St. The Sheriff’s Department and Georgia State Patrol will escort the court procession 1.5 miles to Benham’s home where
the Chief Justice will present Benham with his ceremonial judicial robe in keeping with court tradition.
“Due to the pandemic, we were unable to give a proper farewell to this historic Georgia icon,” Justice Melton said. “This is the least we can do.”
In 1989, Justice Benham became the first African-American appointed to the high court in its history. He went on to become the Court’s first black Chief Justice. In February, the Georgia Senate adopted a resolution commending Justice Benham as a “champion of justice” and praising him for his “deep personal commitment to the citizens of Georgia.”
To maintain social distance, the Justices will ride in their individual cars. In honor of Justice Benham, they will all wear fedoras, Justice Benham’s trademark hat.
Darlington senior Jonathan Murphy, a resident student from Durham, N.C., and member of the Soccer Academy, has been named National African American Scholar by The College Board. Earlier this fall, Murphy was named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program due to his outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Having scored in the top 2.5% of PSAT/NMSQT test takers who identify as African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or attend school in a rural area or small town, Murphy was invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs.
“Jonathan has earned this recognition because of his remarkable academic achievements and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT,” said David Coleman, chief executive officer of The College Board. “He has put in the effort and his future is bright. This recognition will help colleges see the potential and power of his curiosity and commitment to learning.”
Murphy has taken 12 AP and eight honors courses and won E.L. Wright Awards in English 1 honors, Algebra 2 honors, and photography. He is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and Society Honoraire de Francias. Murphy is the son of Dr. Bryant Murphy and Mrs. Catrina Murphy of Durham, N.C.