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Young MLK’s letter to the editor revealed the man he would become
 In late July 1946, the lynchings of five African-Americans in Georgia made national headlines and pricked the conscience of a Morehouse College student. The first killing was of Maceo Snipes, an African-American World War II veteran. Snipes was killed in Taylor County, in retaliation for daring to vote in a statewide primary election. For...

Posted: 4 days ago

In late July 1946, the lynchings of five African-Americans in Georgia made national headlines and pricked the conscience of a Morehouse College student. The first killing was of Maceo Snipes, an African-American World War II veteran. Snipes was killed in Taylor County, in retaliation for daring to vote in a statewide primary election. For...
‘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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks: ‘The Dark End of the Street’ revisited 
 Editor’s note: At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey told the story of Recy Taylor, a young mother in Alabama who was kidnapped and raped by six white men during the Jim Crow Era. Rosa Parks investigated Taylor’s case for the NAACP. In 2010, author and Wayne State University history Professor Danielle McGuire, told the story of...

Posted: 10 days ago

Editor’s note: At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey told the story of Recy Taylor, a young mother in Alabama who was kidnapped and raped by six white men during the Jim Crow Era. Rosa Parks investigated Taylor’s case for the NAACP. In 2010, author and Wayne State University history Professor Danielle McGuire, told the story of...
Shiver through the weekend, but Monday will be near 50
 Well, Atlanta. It really could have been worse. We escaped the brunt of the enormous winter storm that encrusted the Georgia and South Carolina coasts with snow this week.  The so-called “bomb cyclone” is moving north to batter the upper reaches of the East Coast with damaging winds and heavy snow. Metro Atlanta will continue...

Posted: 14 days ago

Well, Atlanta. It really could have been worse. We escaped the brunt of the enormous winter storm that encrusted the Georgia and South Carolina coasts with snow this week.  The so-called “bomb cyclone” is moving north to batter the upper reaches of the East Coast with damaging winds and heavy snow. Metro Atlanta will continue...
Two churches began in slavery; today they are reckoning with that past
 The similarities of First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Christ, both in Macon, are striking: the elegant planked wood ceilings, the majestic pipe organs, the grand chancels. Original 19th-century wooden pews have a patina that only comes from generations of people sitting through countless sermons. These two churches also share...

Posted: 27 days ago

The similarities of First Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Christ, both in Macon, are striking: the elegant planked wood ceilings, the majestic pipe organs, the grand chancels. Original 19th-century wooden pews have a patina that only comes from generations of people sitting through countless sermons. These two churches also share...
5 things you need to know about removing Confederate icons in Atlanta
 Across the South, cities, counties and states have been grappling with how to address Confederate iconography on government-owned property. Atlanta is among those municipalities. In the coming weeks, there may be a resolution. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to decide by Dec. 13 on whether to rename several streets in the city named...

7:34 PM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Across the South, cities, counties and states have been grappling with how to address Confederate iconography on government-owned property. Atlanta is among those municipalities. In the coming weeks, there may be a resolution. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to decide by Dec. 13 on whether to rename several streets in the city named...
Three-ingredient cocktails just might be the best
 There are tool sheds bigger than our kitchen. When the dishwasher door is pulled all the way down, I can barely inch past it to get to the stove. There is a doorway at each corner of the room, which means there’s no decent run of counter space. Moving around in there requires the precision of good knife skills. But the second and third...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

There are tool sheds bigger than our kitchen. When the dishwasher door is pulled all the way down, I can barely inch past it to get to the stove. There is a doorway at each corner of the room, which means there’s no decent run of counter space. Moving around in there requires the precision of good knife skills. But the second and third...
Streets named for the Confederacy in Atlanta to be renamed
 Atlanta streets named for some of the Confederacy’s most recognizable generals and leaders will likely be renamed in the coming weeks, Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce as early as today. What names might replace them is unclear, as are plans for other streets, monuments and markers named for rebels, according to a new report...

9:55 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Atlanta streets named for some of the Confederacy’s most recognizable generals and leaders will likely be renamed in the coming weeks, Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce as early as today. What names might replace them is unclear, as are plans for other streets, monuments and markers named for rebels, according to a new report...
Mayor Reed says Atlanta streets named for Confederates will be renamed
 Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce as early as today how the city will deal with removal, modification or renaming of Confederate iconography around the city. In an interview on Friday with WABE radio, Reed said he was reviewing the recommendations from a select committee charged with coming up with plan to address the fate...

4:25 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce as early as today how the city will deal with removal, modification or renaming of Confederate iconography around the city. In an interview on Friday with WABE radio, Reed said he was reviewing the recommendations from a select committee charged with coming up with plan to address the fate...
Poll: In the old Confederacy the racial gap shows no sign of closing
 Black Southerners and white Southerners are so profoundly split on central questions of equality and opportunity that the only thing they seem to share is geography, a new poll of the South suggests. The Winthrop University poll of the 11 states of the Old Confederacy, released last week, finds some common ground between the races on certain...

9:38 AM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Black Southerners and white Southerners are so profoundly split on central questions of equality and opportunity that the only thing they seem to share is geography, a new poll of the South suggests. The Winthrop University poll of the 11 states of the Old Confederacy, released last week, finds some common ground between the races on certain...
Atlanta’s Confederate icons: Debating their fate
 How many Confederate monuments, memorials and streets named after Confederate leaders are in the city of Atlanta? That’s one of the questions a city advisory committee is trying to answer as it grapples with the contentious issue of what to do with Confederate iconography on city-owned property. The 11-member committee of business and...

2:44 AM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

How many Confederate monuments, memorials and streets named after Confederate leaders are in the city of Atlanta? That’s one of the questions a city advisory committee is trying to answer as it grapples with the contentious issue of what to do with Confederate iconography on city-owned property. The 11-member committee of business and...
‘I’ve kept this for 34 years and now it’s time’ — How police say a cold case was solved
 Timothy Coggins was found on a grassy stretch of land just off Highway 19 in Spalding County. Abandoned next to high tension power lines, the 23-year-old’s lifeless body was brutally stabbed and sliced. It was Oct. 9, 1983. His family held out hope for justice.But one month turned to two, then months became years. There were no arrests...

5:22 PM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Timothy Coggins was found on a grassy stretch of land just off Highway 19 in Spalding County. Abandoned next to high tension power lines, the 23-year-old’s lifeless body was brutally stabbed and sliced. It was Oct. 9, 1983. His family held out hope for justice.But one month turned to two, then months became years. There were no arrests...
A former slave’s Jack Daniel’s legacy spreads its roots
 Not too long ago, we had our backyard landscaped after years of do-it-yourself attempts to improve its patchwork of mismatched pavers, sparse grass and bald dirt. Our lot is tiny and our budget for the project modest. At the time, the backyard was a sliver of hard-packed dirt and clay. But the light is good and we wanted to incorporate a...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Not too long ago, we had our backyard landscaped after years of do-it-yourself attempts to improve its patchwork of mismatched pavers, sparse grass and bald dirt. Our lot is tiny and our budget for the project modest. At the time, the backyard was a sliver of hard-packed dirt and clay. But the light is good and we wanted to incorporate a...
MacArthur ‘genius’ grant awarded to founder of Atlanta community group
 As an American Muslim at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric is being stoked across the nation, Rami Nashashibi is not consumed by dread. To the 45-year-old, this moment is a call to action. It’s a time, he believes, to show that Muslims are and have been an integral part of the nation’s identity for centuries and players in dealing...

7:30 AM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

As an American Muslim at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric is being stoked across the nation, Rami Nashashibi is not consumed by dread. To the 45-year-old, this moment is a call to action. It’s a time, he believes, to show that Muslims are and have been an integral part of the nation’s identity for centuries and players in dealing...
Puerto Ricans in Atlanta desperate to reach family back home
 As the outer bands of Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Silma Guzman of Lawrenceville talked with her father in Arecibo, on the northern coast. He said he wasn’t too worried. He hadn’t boarded up the windows of his concrete house or bought extra food and water. He figured he would ride the storm out then patch up any damage...

12:07 AM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

As the outer bands of Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Silma Guzman of Lawrenceville talked with her father in Arecibo, on the northern coast. He said he wasn’t too worried. He hadn’t boarded up the windows of his concrete house or bought extra food and water. He figured he would ride the storm out then patch up any damage...
Georgia Tech dancer took a knee during the anthem, now tells why
 When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against police killings of African-Americans by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, few knelt with him. But Raianna Brown, then a member of Georgia Tech’s Gold Rush dance team, took a knee mid-field surrounded by her fellow dancers before a game against the University of Miami...

4:04 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against police killings of African-Americans by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, few knelt with him. But Raianna Brown, then a member of Georgia Tech’s Gold Rush dance team, took a knee mid-field surrounded by her fellow dancers before a game against the University of Miami...
Georgia Tech dancer shares why she took knee during anthem
 When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against police killings of African-Americans by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, few knelt with him. Raianna Brown, who was a member of Georgia Tech’s Gold Rush dance team at the time, took a knee midfield surrounded by her fellow dancers before a game against the...

11:36 PM Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

When Colin Kaepernick began his protest against police killings of African-Americans by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, few knelt with him. Raianna Brown, who was a member of Georgia Tech’s Gold Rush dance team at the time, took a knee midfield surrounded by her fellow dancers before a game against the...
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...
Georgia store owner sued for calling employees the N-word
 Each day, the owner of the East Point grocery store would call three of his African American employees the n-word or “monkey” or some other racial slur, the employees allege. The three worked in the meat department at GNT Foods and complained to their boss regularly about the epithets, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal...

6:30 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Each day, the owner of the East Point grocery store would call three of his African American employees the n-word or “monkey” or some other racial slur, the employees allege. The three worked in the meat department at GNT Foods and complained to their boss regularly about the epithets, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal...
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