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

Aretha Franklin used her voice to ‘deliver music for social justice’
 Feb. 16, 1968, was a good day to be Queen.  It was in the middle of a stunning 18-month period when Aretha Franklin would score four Top 5 albums and nine Top 10 singles.  She was returning home for a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh had declared the date “Aretha Franklin Day.”  Franklin...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Feb. 16, 1968, was a good day to be Queen.  It was in the middle of a stunning 18-month period when Aretha Franklin would score four Top 5 albums and nine Top 10 singles.  She was returning home for a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit, where Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh had declared the date “Aretha Franklin Day.”  Franklin...
Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace:’ One of her least-known albums
 There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically...

Posted: 12 hours ago

There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically...
Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’
 There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically...

Posted: 14 hours ago

There is a good chance that as you read this, you can’t name an Aretha Franklin album.  Sure, you know the hits — “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Rock Steady,” “Spanish Harlem” and so many more — that carried her from 1967 through the late 1970s, when she dramatically...
‘They took my life’: Clayton mom thinks son died at desert compound
 Hakima Ramzi believed her husband back in late November when he said he was taking their 3-year-old son to a Clayton County park. But hours passed. Then days. Then months. Then one little lifetime. Though authorities haven’t yet confirmed it, the Jonesboro mother believes her son is the young boy whose body was found Monday on a makeshift...

Posted: 7 days ago

Hakima Ramzi believed her husband back in late November when he said he was taking their 3-year-old son to a Clayton County park. But hours passed. Then days. Then months. Then one little lifetime. Though authorities haven’t yet confirmed it, the Jonesboro mother believes her son is the young boy whose body was found Monday on a makeshift...
How ‘lost’ Prince song ended up in Spike Lee’s new movie, ‘BlacKkKlansman’
 If the visual gut-punch that comes at the end of Spike Lee’s latest movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” is not enough, listen to the music.  A recently discovered 1983 rehearsal recording of Prince singing the Negro spiritual “Mary, Don’t You Weep” plays over the end credits of the movie about a black police...

Posted: 10 days ago

If the visual gut-punch that comes at the end of Spike Lee’s latest movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” is not enough, listen to the music.  A recently discovered 1983 rehearsal recording of Prince singing the Negro spiritual “Mary, Don’t You Weep” plays over the end credits of the movie about a black police...
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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 16 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 18 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 21 days ago

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...
Former Atlanta councilman says catfish profiles are using his images
 By most accounts, Alex Wan is a good-looking guy.  In fact, he might be so good looking that dozens of men around the world want to be him — or at least have his face.  Images of the former Atlanta City Councilman and current executive director of Horizons Atlanta are popping up all over social media on the pages of men claiming...

Posted: 27 days ago

By most accounts, Alex Wan is a good-looking guy.  In fact, he might be so good looking that dozens of men around the world want to be him — or at least have his face.  Images of the former Atlanta City Councilman and current executive director of Horizons Atlanta are popping up all over social media on the pages of men claiming...
Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront
 When Carl Dukes learned that Maleka Jackson had been killed in a freak boating accident in the Bahamas, a shiver ran through his body. Dukes had never met Jackson, although they lived near each other in Woodstock. But what really got him was how and where Jackson died. Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary...

Posted: 29 days ago

When Carl Dukes learned that Maleka Jackson had been killed in a freak boating accident in the Bahamas, a shiver ran through his body. Dukes had never met Jackson, although they lived near each other in Woodstock. But what really got him was how and where Jackson died. Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary...