Senator Horace Tate is the first African-American to earn a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. His political career includes being the first African-American candidate to seek the office of Mayor of Atlanta in 1969. In that same year, he served as Director of the National Education Association. Tate was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1974. He served as vice-chair of a state advisory committee to President Richard M. Nixon and, in 1978, was appointed to a term on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science under President Jimmy Carter. He has been a Georgia delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1972, '76, '80, '88 and '92. -- University of Kentucky College of Education WWW site.