ACLU’s Maya Dillard Smith: ‘I am unapologetically Black’

It may have been the passing of the proverbial torch from one generation to another. Hattie Dorsey, a seasoned and savvy “firecracker” of a housing and public policy activist, recently hosted a meet and greet dinner conversation for another young firebrand, Maya Dillard Smith, the new executive director of the Georgia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Romare Bearden exhibition: The tipping point of Atlanta’s black arts renaissance

Jerry Thomas Jr. and Alan Avery may have engineered Atlanta’s single most significant black art exhibition ever this past weekend. Their unprecedented collaboration produced an historic cultural event for dozens of the city’s Who’s Who art aristocrats to admire and purchase rare original works by Romare Bearden, America’s preeminent African American artist.

Game-changing: 60th anniversary of “Tup” Holmes’ Supreme Court victory

For a city that is widely known for its civil rights achievements and our celebrated and hyped African-American leaders, little is known about the landmark legal victory of Atlanta’s Alfred “Tup” Holmes.

November 7th marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated the golf courses. It happened at Atlanta’s Bobby Jones Golf Course in a brazen lawsuit brought by “Tup” Holmes in 1951.

Sheila Bright: Atlanta’s activist/artist photographer

Atlanta is blessed with a seasoned crew of first class African-American photojournalists that include the likes of Sue Ross, Henry Dodson, Bud Smith, Jim Alexander, Horace Henry, Faith Swift and John Glenn among many others.

But Sheila Pree Bright may be the best of new breed of younger black photographers who are telling stories and creating art in a “decidedly different” way then their older contemporaries.

DeMarco Morgan leaving Atlanta for CBS News

It rarely happens but dreams do come true and prayers do get answered.

Just ask 11 Alive News anchorman DeMarco Morgan, arguably Atlanta’s foremost black TV newsman. He’s leaving the NBC affiliate in a month or so for a job he has coveted all of his life. He has recently been hired as a CBS News correspondent, based out of New York City.

The journalism journey continues

Journalism is under attack, and it has been for a while now. Seasoned and savvy news columnists are routinely reviled; their reputations impugned if they dare express an erudite opinion about truth to power. It is akin to a sport for some corporate titans and elected officials.

Take for example the public feud that erupted last week between the Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Bill Torpy and Anne Torres, Mayor Kasim Reed’s director of communications over Torpy’s recent columns about the Atlanta firefighter’s quest for increased compensation and the potential displacement of revered Peoplestown homeowner and longtime activist Mattie Jackson.