Mayor Randy Toms of Warner Robins declared February 16th Charles T. Bell Day.
Bell has lived in the city for 30 years, and he is credited for a civil rights movement that all started with the love of golf.
At 97 years old, he is the last living litigant in the historic Holmes v. Atlanta case.
In that case in 1955, the Supreme Court ruled against Georgia's "separate but equal" rule for golf courses.
He was not allowed to play on the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta because they only permitted black people if they were carrying someone else's clubs.
Bell and three others -- Hamilton, Oliver and Alfred Holmes -- had enough and decided to stand up to segregation.
They filed a lawsuit, Holmes v. Atlanta, that sought to desegregate public golf courses.
After two appeals, the case made its way to the Supreme Court.