Black History & Culture


'This is one of my first steps'; Michael Brown's mother plans to run for Ferguson city council

Lezley McSpadden, whose son Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, set off months of protests and helped start the Black Lives Matter movement, announced on Friday her intention to run for the city's city council in 2019.  » RELATED: Michael Brown's mom, Lezley McSpadden, receives high school diploma McSpadden made the announcement on Canfield...
Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue may get a new name

Atlanta’s Confederate Avenue may get a new name

The effort to rename Confederate Avenue got another push this week when Atlanta City Council Member Carla Smith filed legislation to rename the avenue as well as two others that bear similar names in Grant Park. The proposed ordinance asks Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to rename three streets; Confederate Avenue, East Confederate Avenue and Confederate Court S.E. Though affected residents are currently...
Georgia women’s college quietly drops class names tied to Klan history

Georgia women’s college quietly drops class names tied to Klan history

For more than a century, Wesleyan College for women has clung to class names cast from an era when the school openly celebrated the Ku Klux Klan and fostered initiation ceremonies that used nooses, Klan-like robes and rituals held by torchlight in the dead of night. Many of these traditions continued for decades after the 1960s when the first African-American students entered the Macon school, which...
Rare MLK letter on sale for $95,000

Rare MLK letter on sale for $95,000

A letter never before seen by the general public that offers a glimpse of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s evolving thoughts on the Vietnam War is up for sale — again. Last week, the original owner of the letter, Era Blakney, quietly sold it for $6,500 through an online New York auction house. A California-based memorabilia dealer — the same one who tried to sell the Memphis hearse...
This Life with Gracie: Morehouse trauma team rewriting medical history

This Life with Gracie: Morehouse trauma team rewriting medical history

Dr. Alvin Blount was the first African-American to serve in an integrated MASH unit during the Korean War. Dr. Clinton Battle was just 29 when he delivered conjoined twins without the use of anesthesia at a rural Mississippi home. And Dr. Vance Marchbanks designed an oxygen mask that became standard equipment in aviation and aerospace. If you haven’t heard of them, there’s a reason for...
Tiffany Haddish loving her new ride, especially the price

Tiffany Haddish loving her new ride, especially the price

Tiffany Haddish is feeling very recharged these days — thanks to her new car. The comedian is enjoying her Tesla Model X, a high-end electric vehicle that was a gift from Tyler Perry. » RELATED: Tiffany Haddish reveals Tyler Perry bought her a Tesla "I can feel the electricity going through my body, feel like I'm getting recharged myself," Haddish said Monday from the red...
All-black Atlanta debate team nails a victory at Harvard

All-black Atlanta debate team nails a victory at Harvard

At the age of 17, Jordan Thomas seems too young to carry the burden of his race on his broad shoulders. But when he traded football for the debate team and made his way to Harvard University, he tackled a long-standing stigma. Earlier this month, the Grady High School senior won the university’s prestigious summer debate tournament hosted by the Harvard Debate Council, beating close to 400 other...
Kanye West's Father Has Prostate Cancer and 'Is Already Receiving Treatment:' Sources

Kanye West's Father Has Prostate Cancer and 'Is Already Receiving Treatment:' Sources

    Kanye West’s father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, sources confirm to PEOPLE. » RELATED: Did you know Kanye West's father was once an AJC photographer?    “Kanye’s dad was diagnosed with cancer and is already receiving treatment,” a “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” source tells PEOPLE. “He seems...
Five Things to Know About Congressman John Lewis

Five Things to Know About Congressman John Lewis

John Lewis has lived at the forefront of American history for the past half-century. From being the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington to serving more than 30 years in Congress, Lewis has been helped shape civil rights in America for decades.  That is a quote by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. But he is right. Think about two of he most visible representations of violence inflicted...
Ving Rhames held at gunpoint at own home after neighbor reported burglary 

Ving Rhames held at gunpoint at own home after neighbor reported burglary 

“Mission Impossible” star Ving Rhames says that racism was behind cops drawing their guns on the actor in his own home after a neighbor called them reporting a break-in − an experience he says mirrors other recent incidents with white people calling the cops on innocent Black people for being in the wrong place.  » RELATED: ‘Existing while black&rsquo...
Emory professor examines how school desegregation went wrong

Emory professor examines how school desegregation went wrong

For decades the story of school desegregation has been told as a heroic narrative starring NAACP lawyers and brave African-American students, in which the Supreme Court victory in Brown v. Board of Education marked the beginning of a new era of equality for black and white schoolchildren. In a new book, Emory Professor Vanessa Siddle Walker introduces readers to previously little-known actors in the...
Walter Strauss dies | Fled Nazi Germany, built Atlanta retail landmark

Walter Strauss dies | Fled Nazi Germany, built Atlanta retail landmark

Walter Strauss fled Nazi Germany when he was 13, with few possessions and no money. By his 30s, though, Strauss was on his way to building an Atlanta institution. People traveled from around the nation to shop at Walter’s Clothing for sneakers and more. The store’s Facebook page includes messages from South Carolina, Alabama, and as far away as Australia. “He treated everyone equally...
Female artists tackle Atlanta housing inequality in MLK exhibit

Female artists tackle Atlanta housing inequality in MLK exhibit

For the all-female artist collective Living Melody, Atlanta is going through both the best of times and the worst of times. They’re doing their part to increase the best of times by tackling complex social issues through their art and performances. The five women, two of whom are Atlanta natives, spent four months this year preparing an exhibit for the Center for Civil and Human Rights called ...
How a black police detective infiltrated and stopped the Ku Klux Klan

How a black police detective infiltrated and stopped the Ku Klux Klan

Ron Stallworth doesn’t suffer fools lightly.  Ask him and he will tell you.  “What I am, is what you get. My wife will tell me all the time, ‘you, probably shouldn’t say that,” Stallworth said. “But the fact of the matter is, when you get under my dander, I have to express myself. As a black man in America, I have lived the truth.”  The name...
Offset 'very concerned' about Cardi B and new baby after arrest, says lawyer

Offset 'very concerned' about Cardi B and new baby after arrest, says lawyer

    Rapper Offset is “very concerned” about his wife Cardi B and their new baby after his latest run-in with the law.  » RELATED: Migos rapper Offset arrested for gun possession In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Offset’s lawyer Drew Findling says the Migos member is thinking of his family during their difficult time. “He is...
What became of the report on Atlanta’s Confederate symbols? Very little

What became of the report on Atlanta’s Confederate symbols? Very little

When Jeremy Gray and his wife were looking to purchase a new house a few years ago, they got out-bid every time they found one that seemed right. Then they saw a lovely home for sale in Grant Park. The house was a traditional four-square with plenty of charm and an inviting yard. The only issue was the name of the street: Confederate Avenue. “We didn’t like the name, but it was a tight...
Bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land 

Bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land 

Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But, more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the Brazos. From sun up to sun down, convicts who were leased by the state to plantation owners toiled in...
No passes needed for African-American museum on weekdays in September

No passes needed for African-American museum on weekdays in September

WASHINGTON - The National Museum of African American History and Culture will not require visitors to have passes to enter on weekdays in September.  » RELATED: Oprah Winfrey exhibit at National African American Museum DC The relaxation of crowd-control measures comes two years after the Smithsonian museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016. Weekend visitors will still need to have the free...
Justice Department reopens Emmett Till murder case 63 years after gruesome murder

Justice Department reopens Emmett Till murder case 63 years after gruesome murder

Some 63 years after Emmett Till’s brutal murder inspired the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Department of Justice has re-opened its investigation with little fanfare. The department told Congress in a March report that it had received “new information” about the 1955 case, but Till’s cousin, Deborah Watts, told The Associated Press this week that she’d been unaware of...
Artist creates animation of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ using 1980s Apple computer

Artist creates animation of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ using 1980s Apple computer

Several people have praised Childish Gambino for his “This Is America” music video, and one designer is paying tribute with a pixelated animation he created on an old computer. » RELATED: Donald Glover addresses gun violence, racism in 'This is America’ video Indonesian illustrator Pinot, also known as Wahyu Ichwandardi, recently took to social media...
Atlanta Beltline visitors get view of the city’s civil rights history

Atlanta Beltline visitors get view of the city’s civil rights history

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is combining her love of art and history with a new 4-mile-long “open museum” along the Atlanta Beltline. The Atlanta-based author and historian has curated an exhibit of 60 black-and-white images that will be on display along the Eastside and Westside trails of the Beltline through Dec. 1. The exhibit is based on Sims-Alvarado’s 2017 book, “Images of...
‘There were extra gas tanks near the drivers’

‘There were extra gas tanks near the drivers’

Five days before Maleka Jackson was killed in a fiery boat explosion while vacationing with her husband in the Bahamas, Katie Smith had made that same voyage.  The Maryland woman and her husband were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary and on June 25, they booked a half day tour with Four C’s Adventures to snorkel, see the island’s world-famous swimming pigs and even see a...
Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn

Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn

Once again, it appears Sweet Auburn is getting shunted aside. The city of Atlanta has been quietly trying to pull the switcheroo on this historic area by killing off a tax scheme meant to help redevelopment. City officials have been arguing that a Tax Allocation District (TAD) set up for the area east of downtown has already served its purpose, and that the area near the insanely popular Beltline...
4 dead teens, 2 boys in jail, 6 shattered families

4 dead teens, 2 boys in jail, 6 shattered families

About seven hours after Tamesha Torrance’s son was gunned down a few steps from the front door of their Northwest Atlanta apartment, she logged onto Facebook. Condolences had started to pour in for her 18-year-old son, Joshua Torrance, who had starred in multiple sports at the B.E.S.T. Academy, graduated with a 3.8 grade point average and was on his way to Albany State University with a HOPE...
Judge in cold case murder: ‘Hopefully, sir, you have stabbed your last victim’

Judge in cold case murder: ‘Hopefully, sir, you have stabbed your last victim’

A Spalding County man was convicted of killing a young black man in a gruesome 1983 murder alleged to have been motivated by racial hatred.  A jury deliberated for about six hours before returning the verdict against Franklin Gebhardt. The 60-year-old defendant — labeled a racist by his own lawyer — will spend the rest of his life behind bars.  Judge Fletcher...
Jury deliberations to resume Tuesday in brutal cold case murder

Jury deliberations to resume Tuesday in brutal cold case murder

A jury weighing whether a Spalding County man should be convicted in the brutal killing of a young black man more than three decades ago has gone home without reaching a verdict. Franklin Gebhardt is charged with killing 23-year-old Timothy Coggins, stabbing him 30 times and dragging his body behind a pickup truck, in 1983. Prosecutors say the slaying was racially motivated. The jury, composed of...
Serena Williams says daughter Olympia inspires her to speak out against domestic violence

Serena Williams says daughter Olympia inspires her to speak out against domestic violence

     For tennis star Serena Williams, joining the fight against domestic and financial violence is crucial to not only being a strong role model, but to being a mother to 9-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.  » RELATED: Serena Williams posts video message before MRI The athlete has teamed up with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative...
Damaged evidence, shifty witnesses mark truck-dragging murder trial

Damaged evidence, shifty witnesses mark truck-dragging murder trial

It was a confusing day of testimony as the state presented the meat of its case against Franklin Gebhardt. And that was before the 60-year-old defendant started talking. An interpreter was needed to understand Gebhardt’s garbled, clipped accent, surreptitiously recorded last year in an acoustically poor Spalding County holding cell by convicted child molester Christopher Vaughn. The informant...
WATCH LIVE: Jurors see truck-dragging victim’s blood-soaked clothes

WATCH LIVE: Jurors see truck-dragging victim’s blood-soaked clothes

Jurors in the truck-dragging, cold case murder trial of Franklin Gebhardt have every reason to be confused. The testimony was straightforward in the beginning, as Larry Peterson, a former GBI crime scene analyst, told jurors there were three or four areas of struggle between the victim and his attackers, each marked by Timothy Coggins’ blood. So far today they’ve witnessed: The state discredit...
5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

Today marks a pivotal point in American history. On June 19, 1865,  the last slaves in Texas and more broadly the Confederate South were freed. Nationally and in cities like Atlanta, the day has been celebrated with parades, plays and other festivities that honor the African-American culture that developed during and after slavery.  Yes and No. Abraham Lincoln made slavery illegal...
The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum

The movement to honor Ida B. Wells gains momentum

CHICAGO — Across the top, the grave marker at Oak Woods Cemetery reads BARNETT. Along the bottom, "Crusaders for Justice." On the left, there is her name: Ida B. Wells, beside her husband's. This stone is the rare marker in Chicago that honors Wells, a hero in an unending battle against racial injustice who died in 1931. Born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Wells became...
‘I don’t feel sorry for myself’

‘I don’t feel sorry for myself’

Christy Sims’ counts on small miracles these days. Like the day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw a dimple on her left cheek. Five years ago, an ex-boyfriend tried to destroy that face by dousing it with a bowl of acid. Through 13 surgeries, doctors had to completely reconstruct her face. The dimples were gone. “I had deep dimples and freckles. But one of them came back in my left...
King Center no longer stuck in concrete

King Center no longer stuck in concrete

A foreclosure lien against the King Center has been dismissed after the Atlanta-based non-profit forced a third-party contractor to cough up $11,000 for unpaid concrete. Last month, Thomas Concrete filed suit against the King Center demanding a $9,296 payment for 10 loads of concrete delivered to the King Center to make repairs and upgrades prior to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.&rsquo...
Andrew Young recovering, but taking it slow

Andrew Young recovering, but taking it slow

Andrew Young is still funny, still laughing and still telling stories.  But admittedly, the former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador is doing them all a bit slower.  In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 86-year-old civil rights leader, who was hospitalized May 6 with a high fever and infection, said he is on the mend.  “I am doing very...
Dorothy Cotton: Top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., has died

Dorothy Cotton: Top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., has died

Dorothy Cotton, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, closest aides in an orbit dominated by men, has died.  The Dorothy Cotton Institute and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where Cotton served as national director of education from 1963 until King’s assassination in 1968, confirmed Cotton died June 10 in her home in Ithaca, N.Y. She was 88.  “Ms. Cotton died peacefully...
Photos: Swearing-in ceremonies with no Bible

Photos: Swearing-in ceremonies with no Bible

Not everyone uses a Bible when they're sworn into office. And this is how the U.S. Constitution intended it. See for yourself in Article VI, Clause 3, which states that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification" for taking office anywhere in the U.S.  The custom of using a Bible during Presidential inaugurations goes back only as far as Abraham Lincoln's 1861 ceremony...
New Athens-Clarke County commissioner draws inspiration from Malcolm X

New Athens-Clarke County commissioner draws inspiration from Malcolm X

In a 1962 speech in Los Angeles, Malcolm X made perhaps his most powerful declaration about the state of black women. “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman,” Malcolm X said in the Los Angeles speech. “The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Beyoncé recently borrowed the...
Builder files lien against King Center over nine loads of concrete

Builder files lien against King Center over nine loads of concrete

A building company that provided nearly 10 truckloads of concrete to the King Center to use to spiff up the complex before the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination wants to get paid. Thomas Concrete has filed a foreclosure lien against the King Center in Fulton County Court for $9,296. The lien, said Thomas Concrete’s attorney Bill Kidd, is an effort to force the...
VIDEO: What is privilege?

VIDEO: What is privilege?

What is privilege? And who has it? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to find out. And in the process, find out how a diverse group of Atlanta residents understood their own privilege. We gathered a group of 11 men and women – of different racial, economic and educational status - to participate in an exercise called the Privilege Walk.  The goal of the exercise, which has been...
Atlanta duo Chloe x Halle blazes new trail on Beyoncé’s entertainment label

Atlanta duo Chloe x Halle blazes new trail on Beyoncé’s entertainment label

Batman and Robin may be considered one of the greatest duos of all time, but there’s another twosome that’s just as eminent — Chloe and Halle Bailey. » RELATED: Where celebs hang out in metro Atlanta Much like the superhero legends, the singing sisters are a force. There’s no sidekick though. Each is a star, and together they are celestial. One listen of their debut...
Rapper Chief Keef reportedly targeted in shooting in New York

Rapper Chief Keef reportedly targeted in shooting in New York

Chicago rapper Chief Keef was reportedly shot at outside of a New York City hotel early Saturday morning.   » RELATED: Fans mourn the death of Chicago rapper Fredo The incident occurred in front of the W Hotel in Times Square when a gunman fired shots at the building, TMZ reported.  The shooter did not strike 22-year-old Keef, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, but instead...
#JRSmithChallenge turns mistake into funny parody

#JRSmithChallenge turns mistake into funny parody

J.R. Smith's bone-headed blunder at the end of regulation in Game 1 of the NBA Finals is something the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard won't forget anytime soon. And neither will the internet.          » RELATED: VIDEO: JR Smith mistakenly dribbles out clock with game tied, sends Game 1 to overtime Enter the #JRSmithChallenge,...
Rickey Smiley buys teen car after photo of him taking bus to graduation goes viral

Rickey Smiley buys teen car after photo of him taking bus to graduation goes viral

Graduation season is in full effect, and many are celebrating the accomplishments of scholars across the country. One is Corey Patrick, a student who made it to his ceremony despite his lack of transportation. » RELATED: Metro Atlanta well represented on U.S. News list of best high schools Earlier this week, a photo of the high school senior from Alabama surfaced online. Decked...
Spelman College: ‘Full of black women who look like me’

Spelman College: ‘Full of black women who look like me’

As long as she can remember, 17-year-old Deja Mason has had her eyes set on attending a black college, following a path set by her parents, who attended North Carolina Central University, and a brother who attended Morehouse College.  But the “Blue Envelope” still scared her. The “Blue Envelope” is legendary in black college circles as admittance into Spelman College. ...
Torpy at Large: When activists eye a prize they once despised

Torpy at Large: When activists eye a prize they once despised

Government has increasingly been held in low regard in recent years. Often with good reason. And public officials are left shooing away like gnats the constant stream of self-appointed do-gooders, watchdogs and gadflies who sit in the front rows at public meetings and point out the failings, doublespeak and inconsistencies of those in power. Sometimes, those reform-minded folks get the bug and decide...
Who was Jack Johnson?

Who was Jack Johnson?

More than a century after his conviction, boxing great Jack Johnson, the first black man to become heavyweight champion of the world, was granted a posthumous pardon by President Donald Trump.  Flanked by former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and fictional heavyweight champion Sylvester Stallone in the Oval Office, Trump said of the pardon: “It’s about time.”  Although...
Civil rights hero, Rita Samuels, rose to White House consultant

Civil rights hero, Rita Samuels, rose to White House consultant

You know, I just made it very clear to the governor that I did not represent the total black community, that I was black and I had my own background, my own training and experience. And whatever answer I gave to him would be based on all of those things. And the way I thought that we should work would be to have me call up some people, you know, and get advice on how we should go about doing certain...
MLK’s granddaughter makes a splash in Washington’s March for Our Lives

MLK’s granddaughter makes a splash in Washington’s March for Our Lives

Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and daughter of Martin Luther King III, took the stage in Washington to deliver a message. "My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," she told the crowd. "I have a dream that enough is enough." The 9-year-old...
Arthur McAfee was longtime Morehouse basketball coach, athletic director

Arthur McAfee was longtime Morehouse basketball coach, athletic director

There is no actual proof that Spike Lee tried out for the Morehouse College basketball team in the late 1970s. Further, it can’t be confirmed that Coach Arthur McAfee Jr. launched a legendary film career by looking at the 5-5 Lee and saying, “I want you to concentrate on something that you have as much passion about as playing basketball.” What’s undisputed is that McAfee was...
Biography: Congressman John Lewis

Biography: Congressman John Lewis

John Robert Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is an American politician and was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Lewis, a member of the Democratic Party, has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district (map) in the United States House of Representatives...
AJC Sepia Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Playlist

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, he understood the power that music had within the movement...
Georgia lost notable leaders in 2017 who blazed paths in civil rights

Georgia lost notable leaders in 2017 who blazed paths in civil rights

Like World War II veterans, the civil rights pioneers in Atlanta and Georgia are aging, and the state lost a number of them in 2017. Here are six of the many men and women we wrote about after their deaths -- people who lived through the era of falling barriers, often times leading the way. • J.B. Smith The Atlanta Student Movement of the turbulent 1960s had a story to tell. And J.B. Smith...
Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

NEW YORK — When Sharon Thompson was a girl, she used to get a bad feeling when she walked by an imposing statue of a man on the edge of Central Park near East Harlem.          On Thursday, Thompson learned the story behind the statue when a local news station produced a piece on it. The bronze sculpture commemorates James...
Opinion: Ida B. Wells offered solution to police violence while in Atlanta 100 years ago

Opinion: Ida B. Wells offered solution to police violence while in Atlanta 100 years ago

Given that the past half-century of police reforms have yielded such miserable results, it is time to reimagine the problem as one not of police but of extralegal killings of black Americans. In other words, as the problem of lynching. As historian Isabel Wilkerson and several other scholars have pointed out, these killings represent the continuation of lynching culture in the United States...
After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes

After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes

WASHINGTON — There is so much to Taylor Dumpson. She is a law and society major at American University, originally from a small community. She has her sights set on law school, and has dreams of one day opening a nonprofit community center, kind of like a one-stop shop that brings resources together. She likes to paint. She likes to draw. That is not what you'd find if you Google her, though...
Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to

Atlanta Hawks pay tribute to "Black Fives” for Black History Month: 5 things to do this week in Atlanta

Black History Month is coming to an end, but there are still a few more opportunities to learn something new about the experiences and contributions of black people.  Black History Month: 7 ways to celebrate in Atlanta This weekend, the Atlanta Hawks are paying homage to African American teams that existed before the NBA racially integrated.   The Alliance Theatre continues its tradition...
Jocelyn Dorsey: Atlanta's First African-American News Anchor

Jocelyn Dorsey: Atlanta's First African-American News Anchor

More than 40 years ago, when Jocelyn Dorsey entered the Atlanta market, she found herself at the center of controversy as not only WSB-TV's first African American news anchor but the first in the Atlanta market. "It was a very difficult time for me," she said in a recent interview for Black History Month by Cox Media Group. “The audience had to get used to me, which was a very...
Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

You’ve heard of Daliyah Arana. Last week, I got the chance to meet her, her mom and dad and two siblings at the Southeast Atlanta Library. And if you’ve heard of the 5-year-old, that last bit of information will come as little surprise. Libraries are Daliyah’s favorite place to be in the world. The kid loves books and, most especially, reading them. It was a love affair born, according...
What Donald Trump said about Black History Month and Frederick Douglass

What Donald Trump said about Black History Month and Frederick Douglass

To commemorate the beginning of Black History Month, President Donald Trump hosted a "listening session” with African-American aides and supporters and made some remarks to the media about famous historical figures, including Martin Luther King, Jr., abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and civil rights activist Rosa Parks.  Trump said that King was &ldquo...
How Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ad-libbed the 'I Have a Dream' speech

How Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ad-libbed the 'I Have a Dream' speech

Clarence Jones, the advisor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who co-wrote an early draft of the "I Have A Dream Speech," recounted the story of how King delivered the most famous part of the speech spontaneously. Jones was part of a Television Critics Association panel about PBS's "The March." Denzel Washington provides the narration for director John...
In lynching apology, Georgia police chief calls it ‘Our darkest hour’

In lynching apology, Georgia police chief calls it ‘Our darkest hour’

A Georgia police chief’s apology Thursday night for his department’s role in a 1940 lynching of an African American man focused attention to a period he called his profession’s “darkest hour.” LaGrange chief Lou Dekmar, who is white, said the lynching of Austin Callaway — who was snatched by a band of armed white men from the city jail — never should...

5 Atlanta streets named after civil rights activists

You drive up and down them every day. Have you ever wondered who the people are that Atlanta's streets are named after? Some of the city's most traveled thoroughfares are named after prominent civil rights icons.Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway – A lawyer who practiced in Atlanta starting in 1952, Donald Lee Hollowell is best known for successfully suing the University of Georgia...

Coretta Scott King was born on April 27, 1927 and died on Jan. 30, 2006. Here are some moments from her life. 
9 iconic black history landmarks to visit near Georgia

9 iconic black history landmarks to visit near Georgia

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., opened Sept. 24, 2016, and obtaining passes still seems about as difficult as scoring “Hamilton” tickets.  Featuring a collection with more than 36,000 historical elements, the new Smithsonian Institute museum has quickly become one of the country’s most popular sites for exploring black history...
AKA sorority turns out in force to support ‘Hidden Figures’

AKA sorority turns out in force to support ‘Hidden Figures’

You may notice a sea of pink and green during the opening weeks of the highly praised film “Hidden Figures.” In real life, the three main characters were all members of one of the nation’s leading black Greek organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha, which was founded in 1908 at Howard University and was the first black Greek letter sorority. Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P...
Coretta Scott King opposed Jeff Sessions' nomination to federal bench in 1986 letter

Coretta Scott King opposed Jeff Sessions' nomination to federal bench in 1986 letter

The wife of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, voiced opposition in 1986 to then-U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions' nomination to the federal bench in a nine-page letter that was made public Tuesday. "Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our...
Coretta Scott King opposed Jeff Sessions' nomination to federal bench in 1986 letter

Coretta Scott King opposed Jeff Sessions' nomination to federal bench in 1986 letter

The wife of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, voiced opposition in 1986 to then-U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions' nomination to the federal bench in a nine-page letter that was made public Tuesday. "Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our...
Join Cobb NAACP’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in Marietta

Join Cobb NAACP’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in Marietta

In the literal whirlwind of a winter storm that iced over Cobb County, it’s easy to lose track of your calendar. But the day set aside to honor a civil rights icon is coming up, and don’t fret if you find yourself with a plan to celebrate. The Cobb County NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day event starts 10 a.m. Monday at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta...
How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Kennesaw this weekend

How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Kennesaw this weekend

Kennesaw and local churches are coming together this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — and you’re invited. Head to the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, on Sunday for “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program was put together by Thankful Baptist Church’s Rev. John W. Harris and his wife...
Sandy Springs reveals 2017 MLK Day keynote speaker, event details 

Sandy Springs reveals 2017 MLK Day keynote speaker, event details 

Sandy Springs' annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. is just around the corner. The 11th yearly event will take place Jan. 16 at city hall, 7840 Roswell Road, at 10 a.m. City offices will be closed to observe the holiday.  The keynote speaker will be civil rights activist, broadcaster and Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton. Other speakers include Reverend Ricardo Green of Mount...
DeKalb County announces 2017 MLK Day event time and speaker 

DeKalb County announces 2017 MLK Day event time and speaker 

A proud tradition returns to DeKalb County next Friday. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is set for Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium in downtown Decatur, the county announced Tuesday morning.  The keynote address will be delivered by Francys Johnson, state president of the Georgia NAACP. Johnson is the senior minister at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Pembroke...
'I may not get there with you'

'I may not get there with you'

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech almost didn’t happen. The civil rights leader had been running a fever, and he thought a severe storm in Memphis, Tenn., would keep people from coming to the Mason Temple to hear him. So he planned to stay at the Lorraine Hotel and work on the Poor People’s Campaign, which was a priority. But King went to the Temple, and on April 3, 1968...
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