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‘We’ve helped the country,’ says Salvadoran of losing protective status
 José Fermán sat in the Atlanta offices of the El Salvadoran consulate, overwhelmed with a sense of pressure, sadness and fear. All playing out on his tear-stained face. He has been in the United States since 1999. “I’ve been living in the country all that time. We’ve worked, we’ve helped the country,&rdquo...

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José Fermán sat in the Atlanta offices of the El Salvadoran consulate, overwhelmed with a sense of pressure, sadness and fear. All playing out on his tear-stained face. He has been in the United States since 1999. “I’ve been living in the country all that time. We’ve worked, we’ve helped the country,&rdquo...
‘This guy is a bigot,’ Atlanta immigrants say of Trump 
 Haitian and African immigrants across metro Atlanta reacted with fury and disgust Friday to President Donald Trump’s reported assertion that they come from “shithole countries.”  “I haven’t seen anyone so brazenly institutionalizing bigotry and racism,” said Leo Mulbah, former president of the Liberian...

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Haitian and African immigrants across metro Atlanta reacted with fury and disgust Friday to President Donald Trump’s reported assertion that they come from “shithole countries.”  “I haven’t seen anyone so brazenly institutionalizing bigotry and racism,” said Leo Mulbah, former president of the Liberian...
AJC Sepia Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Playlist
 Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89-years-old on Monday.  In the 50 years since his death, literally dozens of songs – crossing a wide range of genres – have been dedicated to his memory and inspired by his words and works.  As a theologian, King understood and appreciated music.  As a civil rights leader...

Posted: 7 days ago

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89-years-old on Monday.  In the 50 years since his death, literally dozens of songs – crossing a wide range of genres – have been dedicated to his memory and inspired by his words and works.  As a theologian, King understood and appreciated music.  As a civil rights leader...
A little known side of Martin Luther King, Jr.: advice columnist
 “Let the man that led the Montgomery boycott lead you into happier living.” That was part of an advertisement in the September 1957 edition of Jet magazine, announcing the debut of a new advice columnist on the pages of its sister publication, Ebony — Martin Luther King Jr. For more than a year, the 28-year-old King &mdash...

Posted: 7 days ago

“Let the man that led the Montgomery boycott lead you into happier living.” That was part of an advertisement in the September 1957 edition of Jet magazine, announcing the debut of a new advice columnist on the pages of its sister publication, Ebony — Martin Luther King Jr. For more than a year, the 28-year-old King &mdash...
C.T. Vivian’s vast collection of books to anchor library in his honor
 When C.T. Vivian was growing up in Macomb, Ill., one of his favorite places was the local library. All of the librarians knew him and eagerly fed his reading habit. Few blacks actually used the McComb library then, and they found even fewer books there that were written for or about them. “Nowhere in town was there a place to really...

Posted: 7 days ago

When C.T. Vivian was growing up in Macomb, Ill., one of his favorite places was the local library. All of the librarians knew him and eagerly fed his reading habit. Few blacks actually used the McComb library then, and they found even fewer books there that were written for or about them. “Nowhere in town was there a place to really...
Football stars align: Atlanta revels with UGA in championship game
 Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...

Posted: 9 days ago

Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, 82
 A strikeout was all Mamie Johnson needed to shut up Hank Bayliss’ taunts. The Kansas City Monarchs’ third baseman mocked the pitching great’s stature, referring to her as “Peanut” — a name unbefitting the size of Johnson’s spirit.  And it was with that strikeout, the first of many, that sealed...

Posted: 28 days ago

A strikeout was all Mamie Johnson needed to shut up Hank Bayliss’ taunts. The Kansas City Monarchs’ third baseman mocked the pitching great’s stature, referring to her as “Peanut” — a name unbefitting the size of Johnson’s spirit.  And it was with that strikeout, the first of many, that sealed...
AJC Sepia Holiday Playlist
 There are at least two truisms coming out of African-American homes every holiday season.  Somebody is going to be playing Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”  And somebody is going to be playing The Temptations’, “Silent Night.”  The two songs, one an original that debuted in 1970, the other...

Posted: 29 days ago

There are at least two truisms coming out of African-American homes every holiday season.  Somebody is going to be playing Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”  And somebody is going to be playing The Temptations’, “Silent Night.”  The two songs, one an original that debuted in 1970, the other...
Atlanta child murders: Skeptical police chief resurrects ‘cold cases’
 (This story was originally published May 12, 2005) For 22 years, Louis Graham was bothered by the belief that the wrong man was sent to prison for the infamous “Atlanta child murders,” a string of killings that terrorized the area in the early 1980s. Now that he's police chief in DeKalb County, Graham...

9:02 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This story was originally published May 12, 2005) For 22 years, Louis Graham was bothered by the belief that the wrong man was sent to prison for the infamous “Atlanta child murders,” a string of killings that terrorized the area in the early 1980s. Now that he's police chief in DeKalb County, Graham...
Atlanta child murders: Parents never gave up vigil for missing children
 (This story was originally published May 15, 2005.) When Willie Mae Mathis decided to move last summer, she knew she couldn't go far. So she packed her belongings and moved into a house right next door to the Atlanta home in which she had lived for 30 years.  And she kept the same phone number --- just in case. "...

8:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This story was originally published May 15, 2005.) When Willie Mae Mathis decided to move last summer, she knew she couldn't go far. So she packed her belongings and moved into a house right next door to the Atlanta home in which she had lived for 30 years.  And she kept the same phone number --- just in case. "...
Maynard Jackson, 1938-2003: 'A lion of a man'
 (This obituary was published June 24, 2003 by AJC reporter Ernie Suggs. Jackson was mayor of Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.) Maynard H. Jackson Jr., elected in 1973 as the first African-American to run a major Southern city, helped create an Atlanta that boasted the world's busiest airport, allowed minorities to do business with...

8:49 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This obituary was published June 24, 2003 by AJC reporter Ernie Suggs. Jackson was mayor of Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.) Maynard H. Jackson Jr., elected in 1973 as the first African-American to run a major Southern city, helped create an Atlanta that boasted the world's busiest airport, allowed minorities to do business with...
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...

10:46 PM Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

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...

12:27 AM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

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...

8:13 PM Wednesday, Oct. 04, 2017

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....

11:54 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

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...

10:46 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

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...

9:40 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

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...

10:01 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

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...

7:35 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

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...
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