Bruce Higbie is a great friend. We met in Evergreen, Alabama, on Labor Day weekend, 1982, when we were preparing to monitor a local election. Bruce is a rock star Federal Observer, and taught me a lot about how to get the observers focused on what’s important and to record it in a way that can be used in court. His work has been the foundation of many successful voting rights lawsuits, and he has made a huge difference in combating racial discrimination at the polls all across the US. Bruce is also great fun and a warm, friendly person — and he likes barbecue. Bruce pointed me to this article in the Atlanta Constitution-
There are some familiar spots, but the one that caught my eye was Log Cabin in Blue Ridge, GA – up in Fannin County, just south of the North Carolina line. I’m excited because it’s only a two hour drive from Highlands, North Carolina, where I may just be going to a wedding before too long.
And that Sunday in 1982 was the first day the new Atlanta airport was open. I got off the plan for the transfer to Montgomery and thought I had landed in the wrong city.