Georgia’s election/voting system is broken – Let’s fix it

By Guest Columnist ROBERT A. “BOB” HOLMES, emeritus distinguished professor of political science at Clark Atlanta University and former state representative

Georgia’s history of racial discrimination and voter suppression has been well documented by voting rights advocate Laughlin McDonald in his book, published by Cambridge University Press, A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia. Among the many techniques used to eliminate or diminish black political presence and influence in the electoral process were: Poll taxes, literacy tests, white elections, racial gerrymandering, run-off election requirement, closure of voting precincts, purging of voter registration lists and denial of felons’ right to vote.


Muhtar Kent and Sam Nunn prepare to cap their careers at Coke

Another chapter in the history of The Coca-Cola Co. is coming to a close.

Muhtar Kent, the company’s executive chairman and former CEO; and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Georgia), the company’s lead director for the past five years, will part ways with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) at its upcoming annual meeting in April – marking the beginning of another chapter in leadership.


Column: Wesley Woods to recognize four Atlanta leaders at 2019 gala

The Foundation of Wesley Woods will honor four Atlanta leaders with its 30th annual Heroes Saints & Legends awards at a gala on March 28, 2019, at Flourish in Buckhead.

They are J. Neal Purcell, a leader in financial services; Ray Robinson, a telecommunications executive; and the husband-and-wife team – Lyn and Bob Turknett, leadership consultants.


The world according to Ted

A subdued Ted Turner sat in his office on a cloudy and drizzly Election Day to talk about his place in life on the eve of turning 80 years old on Nov. 19.

An intimate birthday celebration in Turner’s honor will be held Nov. 17 for family, close friends and colleagues from around the country to toast a man who is a legend in his own time.


Column: Roz Brewer, John Brock to be honored in Atlanta Business Hall of Fame ceremony

Two iconic Atlanta business leaders will be honored at the 2019 JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame on Feb. 23 at the InterContinental Buckhead.

They are Rosalind “Roz” Brewer, chief operating officer and group president of Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX); and John F. Brock, retired CEO of Coca-Cola European Partners (NYSE: CCE).


Decatur-based task force becoming ground zero for global elimination of hepatitis B and C

The Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health is becoming ground zero for the global elimination of hepatitis B and C.

The Viral Hepatitis Elimination Program, an initiative supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a host of other global health partners, will be based at the new headquarters of the Task Force.


Column: Group hopes new Georgia governor will join literacy movement

The Georgia Literacy Commission held its last meeting on Oct. 18, but its work is far from done.

At a meeting held at UBS offices in Buckhead, commission members and guests honored their co-chairs: Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal; Atlanta Gas Light’s Wendell Dallas; retired BellSouth executive Phil Jacobs; and Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Teya Ryan.