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Dr. Martha Ward Plowden is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Isiah Paul Ward, Sr. and a member of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church., where she serves as a member of the finance committee and as an usher.

Dr. Plowden is a product of the Atlanta Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Clark College, Masters Degree in Library Service from Atlanta University, Specialist Degree in Library Science from Atlanta University, L-6 in Educational Administration from Georgia State University, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University.

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Dr. Plowden is a retired media specialist from the Atlanta Public Schools, where she worked at Crawford W. Long Middle School for twenty-four of her thirty years with the system. From 1998 to her retirement she served as co-chair of the System wide Student Media Festival.

Dr. Plowden has been an author for over twenty five years. Her five books are: Famous Firsts of Black Women, Olympic Black Women , the NAACP: A Historical Perspective of the Georgia State Conference, Mrs. Draw's Homeroom Students, and Accomplished Women of Color. Also she has written and directed four plays: The Birthday of Georgia (Whitefoord Elementary), The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Crawford W. Long Middle School), Unsung African American Heroes (Christian Fellowship Baptist Church), "Look Where We've Come From" was written to capture the history of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and CFBC's Ark - was written in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church.

Dr. Plowden has served on the Executive Committees of the following organizations: the Georgia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Atlanta Branch NAACP, the Atlanta Urban League, and the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter . She was the first State Coordinator of the Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Program for the Georgia State NAACP. Also, for twenty years she has served as the chair of the Atlanta Branch NAACP's ACT-SO Program.

Dr. Plowden is a member of many organizations, to name a few: second vice president of the Atlanta Societa Docta, Inc., past secretary for the Atlanta Association of Educators (AAE), past president of the Atlanta Urban League Guild, past treasurer and parliamentarian of the Atlanta Epicureans, a Life Member of the NAACP, a former member of the Atlanta Jack and Jill, and a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has also served as a volunteer for the King Center (Salute to Greatness Dinner) and is a volunteer for the United Negro Colored Fund (Mayor's Masked Ball). She is a charter member of the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCMW) and served as a delegate to the 2018's national convention in Washington, D.C..

Dr. Plowden is married to Nathaniel Plowden and they have one daughter, Natalie Tyler Martin (Clinton), and one granddaughter, Amia Camille Tyler-Martin. 

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