Pamela Gay, Black History Legacy 2022

Pamela Gay, Black History Legacy 2022
Posted on 02/16/2022
Pamela Stoner Gay
Fulton County Commissioners recognized City of College Park resident Pamela Stoner Gay at the Fulton County Appreciation Day! Pamela also received the "First Annual Legacy Award" February 2022, from The City of College Park Black History Chairperson, Mrs. Jessie L. Phillips.

Pamela GayPhoto Credits: Fulton County

City of College Park Pamela Stoner-Gay- daughter of American Hero, Dr. Peter Stoner 

Peter Stoner was among the original white Freedom Riders in the civil rights era, his unselfish deeds resulted in the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pamela Gay is the daughter of biracial parents. She was raised in Jackson Mississippi and attended Jackson State University. Her parents went against the anti-miscegenation law prohibiting interracial marriage. Pamela recalls her father being jailed and beaten for his belief. She recalls many civil rights leaders visiting in their homes and the FBI wiretaps and surveillance growing up. Dr. Stoner would drive Dr. Martin Luther King to the many cities for fear they wouldn’t beat or kill him. Dr. Stoner was jailed by John Lewis during their protesting. 

Pamela Stoner-Gay is the First Lady of College Park's largest voting bloc “Mighty” Ward 4. Pamela is the daughter of an American Hero, Dr. Peter Stoner. Dr. Stoner was among the original white Freedom Riders in the civil rights era. The civil rights workers' unselfish deeds resulted in the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Pamela is the daughter of biracial parents, raised in Jackson Mississippi. Her parents went against the anti-miscegenation law prohibiting interracial marriage. Pamela recalls her father being jailed more than 30 times and often beaten for his belief. While growing she recall many civil rights leaders visited in her home, FBI wiretaps, and surveillance. She experiences many socio challenges as a biracial person in the South and in Pennsylvania (her father's birth home). Dr. Stoner would drive Dr. Martin Luther King to the many nearby towns, for fear they wouldn’t beat or kill King. Dr. Stoner was jailed at Rikers Penitentiary along with John Lewis during their protesting. John Lewis would visit the City of College Park some 40 years later and acknowledge Pamela's father at the Ward 4 quarterly community meeting. 

As First Lady of “Mighty” Ward 4 Pamela advocates behind the scenes working with Councilmember Roderick Gay and board appointee members. Collaboratively they are spearheading initiatives that include education and job career enhancement, protection of senior citizens and aging, noise and logistic treats, apartment tenants’ rights, city government accountability, fiscal transparency, and citywide beautification. Pamela along with senior activists in the Ward endorsed an ACTION proposed by Councilmember Gay to exempt seniors in the city from paying city property tax. Seniors are our most vulnerable residents. 

Pamela is employed with the State of Georgia for over 25 years, she has learned a lot about government and built loyal friendships and relationships with the Georgia State delegation members. Pamela and Councilmember Gay have raised an amazing family in our city. Blake the oldest son attended Morehouse College and earned a master's degree from Ivy League Columbia University in NYC. Majestic their daughter attends the University of Mississippi aka Ole Miss, with a major in African American Studies and Journalism. Her youngest son Roman is a junior in Fulton County schools. 

College Park Ward 4 and the City of College Park are honored to have had this socially conscious and public service family in our community since 1998.


 
Pamela Gay Photo Credits: Fulton County