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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Fabian “Occasional Superstar” Williams
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williamsmore...
Fabian Williams has a passion for art and expression. Last year, along with a few other local artists, he fought against city officials who attempted to exert control over murals being painted on private property. And he won. Williams is responsible for vibrant paintings like the fluorescent Hosea Williams mural he painted last year on on the parking deck at Studioplex, and, most recently, the one of Stacey Abrams on the corner of Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium - Come on in, Precious. But he likes to shake things up and tackle art of all mediums. "Atlanta should look how it feels," he says. "Culture is reflected in the music, food, and now, the walls." Whether it's advocacy or creativity, Williams makes Atlanta a better place and for that, we?re thankful. less...

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

2018 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Arthur Blank

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

2000 » Cityscape » Readers Pick
Hank Aaron
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior qualitymore...
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior quality of the ne0w, harder baseballs, it seems more and more unlikely that his record of 755 home runs will ever be approached, let alone broken. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

2000 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Andres Galarraga
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero?more...
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero? I don't feel like a hero," he says. "But I feel like I'm helping people to stay positive and keep trying." less...

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