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T.D. Jakes expects his development plan for Fort Mac to be accepted within 24 hours

John Hope Bryant has a virtual conversation with Bishop T.D. Jakes at 2021 HOPE Global Summit (Photo by Maria Saporta)

By Maria Saporta

Bishop T.D. Jakes, speaking virtually from Dallas at the HOPE Global Summit in Atlanta Wednesday, described his vision to develop 95 acres of land at the former Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta.

“We’re at the final stages of closing [on buying the land],” Jakes said during a conversation with Operation HOPE founder John Hope Bryant. “We presented our plans. We expect it to be accepted within the next 24 hours.”

Further into his discussion with Bryant, Jakes also commented about moving from protest to policy to affect change.

Interestingly, during his conversation with Bryant, Jakes spoke about how changing the world often happens in “small rooms” rather than big rooms.

“It’s done behind closed doors,” Jakes said. “I want to see the table in a small room where the changes are going to be made, where the monies are going to be allocated, where the grants are going to be released, where the doors are going to be opening so that we can have a legacy. I’m not worried about me. I’m almost 65 years old. I’m worried about my grandchildren having a world that they can live in and breathe air and have water and own a house and grab a car and have the kind of life — or better — than their white counterparts.”

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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  1. Kristi October 20, 2021 3:33 pm

    How many old trees will be removed? What tree inventory has been done?Report

  2. Phreddie Huber October 20, 2021 3:53 pm

    Why is this complete lack of transparency ok with anyone other than buyer and seller? And how much public money will support this development?Report

  3. Holifield Edward October 20, 2021 4:41 pm

    Rediculous. And NOT the beat use force the property.Report


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