Ernie Suggs

Reporter for Enterprise

Ernie Suggs has been a reporter at the AJC since 1997, currently covering a variety of breaking news and investigative stories for page A1. He previously reported for newspapers in New York City and Durham, N.C. A veteran of more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter, Suggs has covered stories ranging from politics to civil rights to higher education. A 1990 graduate of North Carolina Central University, with a degree in English Literature, Suggs was also a Harvard University Nieman Fellow. He is currently on the Nieman Board of Trustees and the former national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists. His appreciation for Prince and the New York Yankees is unmatched.

Latest from Ernie Suggs

Talk of quarantine ‘powerful, insulting and damaging’ at AIDS Walk
 The last few years of Damien Jamaal Davis’ life were filled with pain, confusion and finally comfort.  Diagnosed with HIV, which soon developed into AIDS, Davis spent his last years living with his grandmother and surrounded by his mother and sister. They fed and soothed him. They made him take his medicine, even when it seemingly...

Posted: 23 hours ago

The last few years of Damien Jamaal Davis’ life were filled with pain, confusion and finally comfort.  Diagnosed with HIV, which soon developed into AIDS, Davis spent his last years living with his grandmother and surrounded by his mother and sister. They fed and soothed him. They made him take his medicine, even when it seemingly...
Las Vegas slowly returning to normal after mass shooting
 The Las Vegas Strip, or at least a major part of it, is perhaps the largest crime scene in America right now. Police tape cordons off the area where 58 people lost their lives and roughly 500 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history. The two windows at the Mandalay...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Las Vegas Strip, or at least a major part of it, is perhaps the largest crime scene in America right now. Police tape cordons off the area where 58 people lost their lives and roughly 500 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history. The two windows at the Mandalay...
An Atlanta woman recalls chaos in Las Vegas casino as shots rang out
 Donna Williams Lewis was playing the slot machines Sunday night in the Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino when the wave of people rushed in.  There were gunshots on the Strip.  “People started running past me,” her son, Gibran Lewis, said. “It was chaos.”  Donna Lewis, a former reporter and editor for...

Posted: 19 days ago

Donna Williams Lewis was playing the slot machines Sunday night in the Harrah's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino when the wave of people rushed in.  There were gunshots on the Strip.  “People started running past me,” her son, Gibran Lewis, said. “It was chaos.”  Donna Lewis, a former reporter and editor for...
Sorrow and resolve as Las Vegas mourns rampage victims
 LAS VEGAS - In the days since nearly 60 people were shot to death at a country music festival here, we’re learning more about the victims than what could possibly have motivated the attack on them. Lisa Patterson was a mom of three from southern California, where she could often be found at Palos Verdes Girls Softball League field....

Posted: 19 days ago

LAS VEGAS - In the days since nearly 60 people were shot to death at a country music festival here, we’re learning more about the victims than what could possibly have motivated the attack on them. Lisa Patterson was a mom of three from southern California, where she could often be found at Palos Verdes Girls Softball League field....
Visitor Center in King District to close for repairs in preparation for 2018
 The Visitor Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site will be closed for two weeks for repairs starting Monday in anticipation of massive crowds in 2018. Between Oct. 2-16, workers will clean the building’s HVAC system, remove and reinstall wall panels and repair and reseal the ceiling and floor.  &ldquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Visitor Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site will be closed for two weeks for repairs starting Monday in anticipation of massive crowds in 2018. Between Oct. 2-16, workers will clean the building’s HVAC system, remove and reinstall wall panels and repair and reseal the ceiling and floor.  &ldquo...
Debate on lynching and Confederacy ends where it started: On Facebook
 State Rep. Jason Spencer’s nasty spat with LaDawn Jones began and has now apparently ended on Facebook. The Republican, who threatened that Jones “will go missing in the Okefenokee” if she continued to push for the removal of Confederate monuments in Georgia, met with her Wednesday morning for a rousing Facebook Live...

Posted: 26 days ago

State Rep. Jason Spencer’s nasty spat with LaDawn Jones began and has now apparently ended on Facebook. The Republican, who threatened that Jones “will go missing in the Okefenokee” if she continued to push for the removal of Confederate monuments in Georgia, met with her Wednesday morning for a rousing Facebook Live...
Band of Brothers: Black military veterans support NFL protests
 Every day at 5 p.m., no matter what he was doing, Pvt. William Hudson Jr. had to stop and salute the American flag. It was 1968 and Hudson, 20, had just been drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. Next stop: Vietnam. “That was the tradition. What we had to do,” said Hudson, now 69 and living in Darlington...

Posted: 27 days ago

Every day at 5 p.m., no matter what he was doing, Pvt. William Hudson Jr. had to stop and salute the American flag. It was 1968 and Hudson, 20, had just been drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. Next stop: Vietnam. “That was the tradition. What we had to do,” said Hudson, now 69 and living in Darlington...
Jerry Jones’ Cowboys take a knee but then rise for national anthem
 The NFL continued its silent skirmish with President Donald Trump right into Monday Night Football, with both the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals locking arms in a show of solidarity during the national anthem. The entire Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, took a knee in advance of the anthem, to boos from the stands, but...

Posted: 28 days ago

The NFL continued its silent skirmish with President Donald Trump right into Monday Night Football, with both the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals locking arms in a show of solidarity during the national anthem. The entire Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, took a knee in advance of the anthem, to boos from the stands, but...
Who was Izola Curry? And why did she try to kill Martin Luther King Jr.?
 On Sept. 20, 1958, Izola Ware Curry, a poor and “demented” woman from Georgia, became a footnote in history — just a literal sneeze away from being a major figure.  That was the day the sometime housekeeper and short-order cook plunged an ivory-handled,  seven-inch letter opener into the chest of Martin Luther...

9:59 PM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

On Sept. 20, 1958, Izola Ware Curry, a poor and “demented” woman from Georgia, became a footnote in history — just a literal sneeze away from being a major figure.  That was the day the sometime housekeeper and short-order cook plunged an ivory-handled,  seven-inch letter opener into the chest of Martin Luther...
The day Martin Luther King Jr. was almost killed
 “Is this Martin Luther King?”  That is the question, a simple one, that Izola Ware Curry asked Martin Luther King Jr. at a Sept. 20, 1958 book signing in Harlem.  The 42-year-old Curry had a distinctive Southern accent and was neatly dressed in a suit with matching jewelry and sequined cat’s-eye glasses. ...

3:37 PM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

“Is this Martin Luther King?”  That is the question, a simple one, that Izola Ware Curry asked Martin Luther King Jr. at a Sept. 20, 1958 book signing in Harlem.  The 42-year-old Curry had a distinctive Southern accent and was neatly dressed in a suit with matching jewelry and sequined cat’s-eye glasses. ...
How ‘Atlanta Compromise’ divided black America and cemented Washington’s legacy
 On a quiet corner in Piedmont Park, near 14th Street where joggers and soccer moms stroll past with no clue,  one of the most controversial speeches in American history was delivered.  It was Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition speech of Sept. 18, 1895, where he delivered a clear message...

5:28 PM Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

On a quiet corner in Piedmont Park, near 14th Street where joggers and soccer moms stroll past with no clue, one of the most controversial speeches in American history was delivered.  It was Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition speech of Sept. 18, 1895, where he delivered a clear message...