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National Park Service hits home with King-Carter exhibit – possible peek into future

An axis of peace. That’s probably the best way to define the relationship between two of Atlanta’s greatest leaders and their families – the late Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter.

It is a special multi-layered relationship that keeps building upon a shared foundation of non-violence, human and civil rights. And both MLK Jr. and Carter were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.

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Independent process to congressional redistricting may be solution for Georgia

By Guest Columnists MAYA DILLARD SMITH, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, and BRINKLEY SERKEDAKIS, executive director Common Cause Georgia

Just days ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Evenwel v. Abbott that broke a recent wave of dangerously restrictive approaches by the high court that have been slowly chipping away key elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Image courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two Jewish brothers helped integrate sports in Atlanta, making way for the Braves, “America’s Team”

This week, in honor of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling Smithsonian exhibition sponsored by Georgia Humanities, MARK K. BAUMAN, editor of Southern Jewish History, and JEREMY KATZ, director of the Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History of the Breman Museum, share a story about Atlanta’s hometown team, the Braves.

The color barrier for major league baseball was broached when Jackie Robinson debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947. A few months later, Larry Doby donned the uniform of the Cleveland Indians. Numerous challenges lay ahead for integrated teams and the segregated South.

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The year the music died

The passing this year of so many who gave music a creative spark comes at a particularly ominous time. Last year, for the first time ever, golden oldies — more precisely, music that was 18 months old or older, outsold new releases. However much you like Lefty Frizzell or the Stones or Basie, this is not a positive sign.

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Not suitable for the eyes of young girls

There is a building in downtown Atlanta that is more than meets the eye. A treasure trove of Atlanta history, this building has generated over 100 years of stories. Built in 1906, the Candler Building is a 17-story high-rise meticulously constructed to the specifications of Coca Cola magnate Asa Candler and architect George Murphy. It […]

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Column: Global Ministries begins HQ move from New York to Atlanta

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 29, 2016

Global Ministries, the philanthropic arm of the United Methodist Church, has received a $1.5 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to move its headquarters from New York to Atlanta.

Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, said in a telephone conversation April 26 the organization has already started moving people to Atlanta. The move should be completed by October when a total of 168 staff members will be located in Atlanta. About 40 percent of them will be moving here from New York.

Global Ministries has worked out a partnership to co-locate with Grace United Methodist Church at the corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Charles Allen Drive. A building for the global nonprofit is being reconstructed for the headquarters.