2013 Legacy Inductee

Palmira "Honey Bee""  Braswell

1928 - 2012

Ms Braswell was born on March 23, 1928 in the Pleasant Hill Community of Macon, attended L.H. Williams Elementary, and graduated from Ballard High School, She earned a A.B. degree at Fort Valley State, an M.AA from Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and the E.D.S. from the University of Georgia. She began teaching at Macon’s Ada Banks Elementary in the 50’s. One morning she heard an announcement on WBML that the station was looking for a black female disc jockey. She applied and was hired to host an evening show on the station. She was given the name “Honeybee”, becoming Macon’s first black female announcer. Her program was very successful but, Braswell continued to teach. Braswell became known as a trailblazing educator and advocate for poor children. Governor Zell Miller appointed Braswell to serve on the Georgia State Board of Education as a representative from District 8. While in this capacity, she served as Parliamentarian and Vice Chairman of the Board. The State Supreme Court also appointed Braswell to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Who’s Who Among Black Americans (1988); one of the Most Influential Black Women -- Middle Ga. Chapter, NAACP (1976, 1981); and the Extra Mile Award in 2001 (Bibb County Board of Education), and was selected as Senior Cherry Blossom Queen in 1989. She passed away in 2012.

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