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Georgia Speaker of the Year

Every year since 1967, the Barkley Forum has honored an outstanding communicator with the presentation of the Georgia Speaker of the Year Award. The recipient is honored at an annual banquet. The banquet is attended by administrators, faculty, and staff from the Emory community, the high school forensics community, and Barkley Forum students and alumni, to honor the power of communication in intelligent, responsible, and effective civic speech. The Georgia Speaker of the Year represents these skills in the public sphere.

List of Award Recipients

Shirley Franklin and John Smoltz

2012 Georgia Speaker of the Year recipient Mayor Shirley Franklin and Hall of fame pitcher John Smoltz with Atlanta Urban Debate League students.