Sixtyone years ago in Miami Beach, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of doubling the number of Black registered voters in the South through a campaign of peaceful protests at places that had barred them from registering.
By Guest Columnist ANTONIO MOLINA, chairman, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
As a U.S. Navy Veteran, a community leader here in the state of Georgia, and current chairman of the board for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I am incredibly proud of the progress that the Latino community has made across the nation and the Peach state.
Georgia state senators have begun talks on a potential statewide proposal to prohibit discrimination in housing, jobs, accommodations and more.
Three incongruences around consideration of Native Americans are occurring in real-time in metro Atlanta, just as a national dialogue is spurred by the Federal Reserve, Biden administration and cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
By Guest Columnist JASON MARSHALL, executive director at Wesley International Academy
When George Floyd was killed, it became the norm for brands and organizations alike to issue statements of solidarity. Well-intentioned and important, these statements have become part of our collective practice as headlines impact society.By Guest Columnist JASON MARSHALL, executive director at Wesley International Academy
When George Floyd was killed, it became the norm for brands and organizations alike to issue statements of solidarity. Well-intentioned and important, these statements have become part of our collective practice as headlines impact society.
Atlanta’s plan to allow development at the site of the Atlanta Eagle and KODAK building is an injustice to the city’s LGBTQ community and the plan should be amended, according to Historic Atlanta, a preservation organization that began the effort to preserve the property.
By Guest Columnist SAGDRINA JALAL, senior director of Community Innovation at the Center for Civic Innovation, with JENNIFER HIRSCH and DORI PAP, of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Black women are pioneers of social innovation, and their long history of working to create community – even when exhausted, even while being ignored, even as credit goes to others – should be recognized. For the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) and for Georgia Tech’s Center for Sustain-Learn-Serve (SLS) and Institute for Leadership and Social Impact (ILSI), a shared belief in the importance of supporting innovation led by Black women provides a rare example of how large institutions can propel the work of community leaders forward by playing supportive, rather than leading, roles.
The first orders of business facing the incoming leader of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce may involve helping to manage inflection points as the economy recovers from the pandemic, and as two federal immigration lawsuits are resolved in Texas.
This is a different kind of Black History Month. It began early, with a Black academic’s rebuke of Stacy Abrams on an Atlanta-based podcast. It includes studies of reparations by Spelman College and Emory University, plus the release of C.T. Vivian’s memoir.
The gender wage gap is expected to widen during the coronavirus pandemic – and persist. The Atlanta Fed’s webinar on Friday is to expand on this topic as part of Raphael Bostic’s call for a more inclusive economy.
By Guest Columnist MARY KATHRYN NAGLE, a lawyer, playwright and enrolled citizen of Cherokee Nation
When I think of Georgia, I think of home. Although I have never lived there, when I return, it feels like we never left.
By Guest Columnist FRANK FERNANDEZ, president/CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The world has changed. Twice. I’ve heard dozens of variations on this theme over the last five months since the pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice began.
By Guest Columnist NICK STEPHENS, an Atlanta writer and parks advocate
Earlier this year, over 15 years after it was first proposed, construction on the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry finally began. The promise of the huge greenspace has been spurring private development nearby. As the area prepares to undergo dramatic rapid change, community activists have been raising concerns, with one major project recently arousing controversy.
This week’s 55th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act is marked in Atlanta with debates that involve some types of complexities that arose during its passage and enactment.
Leaders of the civil rights movement urge a park in a blighted black neighborhood be named for a (deceased) wealthy, white politician from Buckhead. Fans of hip hop question the potential removal from a MARTA rail station the name of an Alabama-born Confederate Army captain.
By Guest Columnist MELITA EASTERS, founding chair and executive director of Georgia’s Win List
U.S. Women’s Soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe scored two goals during the June 28 match against France, giving her team a stunning victory over the host country and a semi-final July 2 match-up with England.
Atlanta is among dozens of U.S. municipal governments that are providing equity to the LGBTQ community even as state legislatures are moving in the opposite direction, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
By Guest Columnist SHELLEY ROSE, interim regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region
Like millions of Americans and people throughout the world, we are trying to come to grips with the horror and tragedy of the mass murder in Orlando. This was not just an act of terror. Nor was it simply the result of religious extremism or easy access to guns – it was fueled by hate against LGBT people.
There may be many factors that will continue surfacing in the coming weeks and months, but a central factor in this mass murder cannot be overlooked: Hateful rhetoric leads to hateful actions.