Sacrifice for freedom: Georgians in Normandy

This week, JASON BUTLER, a teacher at DeKalb Early College Academy, and his student SYDNIE COBB discuss their experience studying D-Day and visiting Normandy, France, as part of the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute, a program of National History Day. National History Day is a nonprofit educational organization that offers year-long academic programs for junior high and high school students to conduct original research on historical topics. 

By Jason Butler and Sydnie Cobb

Butler: “I have a question about your Normandy Institute application,” the voice on the phone said. “Sure. What is it?” I asked, wondering if my careful proofreading had somehow been lacking. Then the bombshell: “Do you want to go?” she asked. My mind started racing. World War II… D-Day… Washington, D.C… France… Sydnie and I were in! This was December 15, 2016, and I had only a vague idea of what we were in for.

Group seeking to find – and restore – the Flint River near the airport

Atlanta’s largest mass of concrete – Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – sits on top of the headwaters of the Flint River.

In looking over the acres and acres of concrete, it’s hard to envision streams and rivers that used to run through what once were working-class neighborhoods with 1950s-style homes lined with mature trees.

But Hannah Palmer and Ryan Gravel have done just that.

For Underground Atlanta the beginning was almost the end

Looking at photographs of downtown Atlanta in the late 1800’s one cannot help but be impressed with the number of railroad tracks that populated the area we now call The Gulch. By some accounts, at the height of Atlanta’s railroad history there were over 350 trains a day that traveled through the city

Atlanta was indeed a “railroad town.” But for pedestrians and horse drawn carts, all those railroad tracks that meant so much to the economy and the growth of Atlanta presented major challenges for transportation around the city.

Blade Runner 2049 – a visually stunning sequel of the 1982 classic

“Blade Runner 2049” is admirable and occasionally astonishing. But there is nothing in its entire 163 minutes that matches the gut-wrenching power of Rutger Hauer’s final speech in the original movie.

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi cult classic, “Blade Runner” was originally released in 1982 (since then, there have been one or two revised versions). It was set in the future (2019) in a rain-drenched world of neon and noise.  And human-like androids called replicants.

Longtime Atlanta business leader John Rice to retire as GE’s vice chairman

GE’s new CEO John Flannery has announced that three top executives will be leaving the company, including longtime Atlantan John Rice, who has served as a vice chairman in charge of the company’s international business efforts.

Rice, who has been with GE for 39 years, decided to retire from the company at the end of the year. He was a leading member of the management team of GE’s former CEO Jeff Immelt, who stepped down on Aug. 1.

Atlanta’s voice needed to fight offshore drilling

By Guest Columnist BILL SAPP, a senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center

In the past year, the devastation inflicted from hurricanes Matthew and Irma serves as a stark reminder that Georgia’s coast is vulnerable to the vagaries of nature. Wrecking countless homes and businesses, and shredding boats and docks along the entire coast, these hurricanes flooded St. Marys and Tybee Island, pounded the beaches of Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island, and overtopped the sea walls in Savannah and St. Simons.

City Hall bribery fallout lands in Atlanta mayoral race

In the wake of three guilty pleas related to allegations of crooked contracting at City Hall and an FBI raid on a city contractor, mayoral candidate Peter Aman stepped up to a microphone in his own office and became the latest in a crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls to take a jab at City Hall — and each other — on ethics.

Democrats elbowing for place on Georgia gubernatorial ballot

By Maggie Lee The 2018 race for the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nomination got a bit more heated Monday night at the Carter Center. That’s when former colleagues Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans sat down for a conversation together as rival candidates for the top political job in Georgia. Abrams and Evans clashed early about education. […]

Slavery’s sacred spaces

This week, author LESLIE STAINTON discusses the opportunities for growth and reflection that come from confronting physical reminders of slavery. 

By Leslie Stainton

Last year, on my way to a conference, I stopped by Georgia’s Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, between Brunswick and Darien. The property, a state historic site, includes both a plantation “big house” and a slave cabin still quaintly (and to my mind inexplicably) labeled “servant quarters.” I’d spent the night in this cabin the previous spring as part of Joe McGill’s Slave Dwelling Project. My ancestors were slaveholders in the Brunswick area, and the overnight was a chance to honor the hundreds of people whose labor and talents my family had exploited. A penance, if you will.