Dawson, Retired Executive Director of Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc.,
Dr. Leonard Dawson was born in Kingsland, Georgia. He was born to the union of the late Rodgers Dawson and Oneida King Dawson. He enlisted in the Army in 1958 and served his country until 1960. He married Louise Mitchell of Kingsland, Georgia in 1961; they remained happily married until her passing in 2004. From their union they had two children, Avis and Neil.
Leonard Dawson became interested in business at an early age. As a youngster he had a shoeshine stand under the “old oak tree” in Kingsland, Georgia. His interest in business continued over the span of 30 years. During that time he owned a dry cleaners, restaurant, as well as several other types of businesses. At the age of 22, Leonard became the President of the Longshoreman’s Union ILA 1832, where he made tough decisions regarding the rights and privileges of workers for eight (8) years.
Leonard graduated from the historic Ralphe Bunche High School in Camden County. Upon graduation, he attended Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Edward Waters College and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from John Marshall Law School.
In 1965, he became a member of the Community Action council and was later appointed to the board of directors. In 1969, Leonard Dawson became employed with Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc. as a Community Planner where he continued his endeavors to promote human rights and social justice in the Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty and Bryan counties.
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