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

Chancellor demands removal of GBI agent from Fort Valley investigation
 The chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Thursday took the unusual step of demanding that a GBI agent be removed from a criminal investigation at Fort Valley State University because, the chancellor said, the agent spent more time talking to reporters than questioning students and officials. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation...

Posted: 4 days ago

The chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Thursday took the unusual step of demanding that a GBI agent be removed from a criminal investigation at Fort Valley State University because, the chancellor said, the agent spent more time talking to reporters than questioning students and officials. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation...
GBI brings in extra agents for Fort Valley State investigation
 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into Fort Valley State University surrounding allegations of employee misconduct and hazing. A GBI official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday night that the case is growing so big that agents from across the state are being called to the area to assist in...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into Fort Valley State University surrounding allegations of employee misconduct and hazing. A GBI official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday night that the case is growing so big that agents from across the state are being called to the area to assist in...
Police will outnumber neo-Nazis at Newnan rally Saturday
 The National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group that celebrates Adolf Hitler’s birthday, will hold a rally at a park in downtown Newnan on Saturday afternoon. The neo-Nazis expect a turnout of 50 to 100. But they’ll also draw anti-fascist demonstrators as well as hundreds of police officers. “We will be hitting on...

Posted: 5 days ago

The National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group that celebrates Adolf Hitler’s birthday, will hold a rally at a park in downtown Newnan on Saturday afternoon. The neo-Nazis expect a turnout of 50 to 100. But they’ll also draw anti-fascist demonstrators as well as hundreds of police officers. “We will be hitting on...
Neo-Nazis – and about 400 cops – will be in Newnan on Saturday
 The city of Newnan, mindful of the violence last year in Charlottesville, is going into full defense mode for a neo-Nazi rally planned there on Saturday. The National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group, has a city permit for a rally at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Greenville Street Park, a few blocks from Newnan’s court square. The...

Posted: 6 days ago

The city of Newnan, mindful of the violence last year in Charlottesville, is going into full defense mode for a neo-Nazi rally planned there on Saturday. The National Socialist Movement, a far-right hate group, has a city permit for a rally at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Greenville Street Park, a few blocks from Newnan’s court square. The...
The story behind ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and why Beyoncé made it matter
 Unless you have been under a rock, you know that Beyoncé’s Saturday night performance at Coachella pretty much took the world and -- perhaps more importantly – social media by storm, with her comprehensive and stunning celebration of black culture and HBCUs.  But deeply imbedded within the performance was 90-second...

Posted: 7 days ago

Unless you have been under a rock, you know that Beyoncé’s Saturday night performance at Coachella pretty much took the world and -- perhaps more importantly – social media by storm, with her comprehensive and stunning celebration of black culture and HBCUs.  But deeply imbedded within the performance was 90-second...
Thousands join March for Humanity to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
 Fifty years ago on Monday, the body of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was carried past the State Capitol while thousands grieved his death. But it was the spirit of Dr. King that prevailed in those same precincts on Monday — and there was both joy and resolve in the air. The March for Humanity, which retraced part of King’s funeral...

Posted: 14 days ago

Fifty years ago on Monday, the body of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was carried past the State Capitol while thousands grieved his death. But it was the spirit of Dr. King that prevailed in those same precincts on Monday — and there was both joy and resolve in the air. The March for Humanity, which retraced part of King’s funeral...
For the children of Martin Luther King Jr., mourning is often a public practice
 In the spectacle of Memphis, Atlanta and the nation mourning the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, it is sometimes easy to forget that he left behind children – who are now forced, like they were in 1968, to publicly share their grief and pain. Bernice King, in an exclusive discussion with...

Posted: 18 days ago

In the spectacle of Memphis, Atlanta and the nation mourning the death of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, it is sometimes easy to forget that he left behind children – who are now forced, like they were in 1968, to publicly share their grief and pain. Bernice King, in an exclusive discussion with...
Bell tolls 39 times to mark the loss of Martin Luther King Jr.
 Thirty-nine bells.  A bell for each year of a life cut short.  Each toll a reminder of Auburn Avenue. Morehouse. Montgomery. Birmingham. Selma. Oslo. Memphis.  Against the backdrop of a their parents’ crypt sitting on an island in the middle of a freshly restored crystal blue reflecting pool, members of Martin Luther...

Posted: 19 days ago

Thirty-nine bells.  A bell for each year of a life cut short.  Each toll a reminder of Auburn Avenue. Morehouse. Montgomery. Birmingham. Selma. Oslo. Memphis.  Against the backdrop of a their parents’ crypt sitting on an island in the middle of a freshly restored crystal blue reflecting pool, members of Martin Luther...
His children gather to mark the loss of Martin Luther King Jr.
 The bell tolled 39 times.  Thirty-nine, for each year of a life cut short.  Each toll a reminder of Auburn Avenue. Morehouse. Montgomery. Birmingham. Selma. Oslo. Memphis.  Against the backdrop of a their parents’ crypt, which sat on an island in the middle of a  crystal blue reflecting pool, members of Martin Luther...

Posted: 19 days ago

The bell tolled 39 times.  Thirty-nine, for each year of a life cut short.  Each toll a reminder of Auburn Avenue. Morehouse. Montgomery. Birmingham. Selma. Oslo. Memphis.  Against the backdrop of a their parents’ crypt, which sat on an island in the middle of a crystal blue reflecting pool, members of Martin Luther...
Last moments of Martin Luther King Jr. filled with normalcy
 The remarkable thing about the actual death of Martin Luther King Jr., is that the moments leading up to it were so mundane. From his second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he spotted Ben Branch, the director of the director of the Operation Breadbasket band. King remembered how beautifully Branch had once played one of his...

Posted: 19 days ago

The remarkable thing about the actual death of Martin Luther King Jr., is that the moments leading up to it were so mundane. From his second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he spotted Ben Branch, the director of the director of the Operation Breadbasket band. King remembered how beautifully Branch had once played one of his...
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic ‘Mountaintop’ speech
 Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t want to speak on April 3, 1968 in Memphis.  It was raining and he didn’t think anyone would show up at Mason Temple. Plus, he was tired and restless.  But King spoke for 45 minutes about everything from human rights to his brush with death a decade earlier, when a deranged woman&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t want to speak on April 3, 1968 in Memphis.  It was raining and he didn’t think anyone would show up at Mason Temple. Plus, he was tired and restless.  But King spoke for 45 minutes about everything from human rights to his brush with death a decade earlier, when a deranged woman&rsquo...