Book Celebrates the Life of a Man with a Determined Spirit

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Retired Army officer and politician Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. shares his illustrious career in “Legacy to Legend: Winners Make It Happen”

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Floyd Griffin, Jr., retired U.S. Army colonel, former Georgia state senator and current mayor of Milledgeville, Georgia, shares the substantial and momentous events in his life that molded him into a respectable person in Legacy to Legend: Winners Make It Happen. Exemplifying his illustrious path in various careers, this autobiographical book reflects one man’s quest for knowledge, excellence, and social change.

Throughout his life of change and challenges, Griffin has always been dedicated to public service. At different times in his life, he has been a student rights activist, cadet, Vietnam helicopter pilot, Army Colonel, football coach, professor, businessman, state senator, and mayor. In 1994, Griffin did what political experts said was impossible. He literally stormed onto the political scene and defeated an incumbent Georgia State Senator. In 1998, Griffin was candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. His candidacy for Lieutenant Governor made him the first African American to run for that office in modern times. In 2000, he became the first African American mayor of the Old Capitol City of Milledgeville, Georgia.

In this book, the author also mentions his support and belief in President Barack Obama. “I feel that he will do great things for this nation,” Griffin shares. “I met Democratic Candidate for President Senator Obama in February of 2008, at his hotel before he spoke at Harvest Cathedral Church in Macon, GA. We talked about my being the first black elected in a majority white senatorial district and mayor in a predominately white southern city. He said, ‘Then you know what I’m up against,’ I certainly did.”

Legacy to Legend: Winners Make It Happen inspires readers to aim high and reach their goals no matter what hindrances come their way.

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Former Mayor Floyd Griffin, Jr. was first African American to be elected to the Georgia State Senate from the twenty-fifth legislative district, an area with a majority of white voters. In 1967, he entered the United States army. After combat service, he commanded an engineer battalion under General Norman Schwarzkopf, then served on the Army Staff at the Pentagon and was later promoted to the rank of colonel. Griffin has also worked as an educator. At Wake Forest University, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. He was the director of ROTC at Winston-Salem State University, where he coached the football team’s backfield as they won two consecutive college championships. Griffin has served as a part-time instructor at the Georgia College and State University School of Business. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia. He currently serves his alma mater - Tuskeegi University, Alabama. as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Legacy to Legend: Winners Make It Happen * by Floyd L. Griffin, Jr.
A Trailblazer
Publication Date: November 6, 2009
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