As Trump enacts ban on refugees, Atlanta doubles down as a ‘welcoming city’

First in a two-part series

An anti-urban wave is flowing downstream from Washington, D.C. – bringing with it anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and anti-trade policies.

Atlanta is among the major cities in the United States – as evidenced by the protests and the words of its civic leaders – trying to reverse the sentiments of isolationism, protectionism and prejudice.

And Atlanta could be one of the cities that will experience retribution from the administration of President Donald Trump.

Racial equity in the arts

This week, on the 115th anniversary of Langston Hughes’s birth, STANLEY ROMANSTEIN, of Georgia State University, reflects on the need for racial equity in the arts.

By Stanley Romanstein

Ninety years have passed since the poet Langston Hughes gave voice to the hope for a more inclusive and equitable America. Nine full decades, but for many people of color looking for a place at the table in America’s arts communities, “tomorrow” has yet to arrive.

GDOT’s support of disadvantaged businesses evident in $170 million in DBE contracts in 2016

By Guest Columnist KIMBERLY A. KING, director of the equal opportunity program at the Georgia Department of Transportation

For more than 20 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has had a policy in place aimed at helping small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, including minorities and women. This is known as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and it extends to each state’s Department of Transportation.

Buckhead Coalition kicks off the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race

The mayoral race is on – thanks to the Buckhead Coalition.

At the 28th annual meeting of the Coalition, the eight declared candidates for Atlanta mayor were given an opportunity to make their debut in front of a highly-influential business and civic group.

It was a preview of what’s to come over the next nine months when the various candidates will be jockeying for the top job in the city.