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Georgia State Rep. Roger Bruce retires after 22 years in the House


State Representative Roger Bruce, a Democrat from South Fulton, recently retired after an illustrious 22-year tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Bruce’s journey into public service was sparked by a transformative moment during which he was inspired by the possibilities of a post-Civil Rights movement world. This inspiration led him to pursue an internship at the Jackson, Patterson, Parks, and Franklin Law Firm, where his involvement placed him in the orbit of Maynard Jackson. Jackson’s historic mayoral campaign marked the beginning of Bruce’s impactful career in politics.

A native of Harlem, New York, Bruce relocated to Atlanta and attended Morehouse College, where he continued to hone his passion for activism and community engagement. Throughout his career, he has been a steadfast advocate for civil rights and social justice, drawing inspiration from the legacy of leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., C.T. Vivian, and Ralph David Abernathy. Bruce has also been outspoken against efforts to rewrite history and dismantle the progress made by these pioneers, particularly in the opposition to diversity, equity, and inclusion measures and the distortion of Critical Race Theory by many in power.

Despite facing personal challenges, including undergoing brain surgery and relearning to read after a medical ordeal, Bruce has remained resolute in his commitment to serving his constituents and advocating for progressive policies. During his tenure in the Georgia House, he played a pivotal role in the formation of South Fulton, engaged with leaders worldwide, and co-hosted a television show titled ‘Under the Gold Dome’ with State Representative Derrick Jackson.

As he bids farewell to the Georgia State Capitol, Bruce plans to focus on producing documentaries highlighting Georgians who have made significant contributions to society.

Bruce leaves behind a poignant message urging action on the issue of reparations, emphasizing the ongoing impact of slavery and the need for legislative action to address historical injustices.


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