Attorney Kenneth Dious was born in Athens, Georgia and attended Athens-Clarke County public schools. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Savannah State College and later transfered to the University of Georgia, earning a degree in Business Administration. After a brief stint in the United States Army, and receiving an honorable discharge, Ken returned to the University of Georgia to pursue a Masters Degree in Math Education. Prior to completing his masters degree, Ken was employed as a cost accountant with the Georgia Lockheed Martin Corporation of Marietta, Georgia. Ken returned to school a year later, entering the University Of Georgia School Of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1973.
In 1974, Ken returned to his hometown of Athens, Georgia and opened a law office as a sole practitioner, becoming the first African-American to practice law in Northeast Georgia. As a practicing attorney, Ken has provided legal services to the citizens of Northeast Georgia for a period of over forty years.
As a respected member of the Athens community, Ken was called upon to join and participate in civic and non-profit organizations whose goals and operations were essential to improving the lives of the citizens of Northeast Georgia. Ken’s legal and civic activities includes past member of the Athens Area Neighborhood Health Center Board of Directors, past member of Board of Director to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants, Board, member of the Georgia Supreme Court Commission for Equality, Member of the Special Committee for Women and Minority in the Legal Profession, State Bar of Georgia.
Ken is also the author of the publication of Rules, Rights & Responsibilities in Georgia Schools. Ken has been recognized by a host of organizations, receiving awards from the Georgia Legal Services & State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project, the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the, John T. Hurley Distinguished Serve Award. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame. Ken has the distinguished honor of being the first African-American to integrate a football team in the Southeastern Conference. In the spring of 1966, Ken attended spring practice with the University of Georgia football team who was then being coached by Vince Dooley and successfully landed a position on the team.
Politically, Ken has been involved in politics from an early age. He has actively participated in campaigns for candidates of for the President of the United States, for Governor and Senator of Georgia, State representatives, and local elections. In 2014, Ken was the Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 10th District of Georgia.
Ken is married to his wife, Annette Ellington Dious. Ken and Annette have one child, Kevin Marcel Dious. The Dious family is a member of Hill Chapel Baptist Church.