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DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis Pleads Innocent to Felony Charges Compiled by ADW Staff

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis After being hit with a 15-count indictment from a DeKalb grand jury and checking in and out of the county’s jail, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis professed his innocence. “I do want to make one statement emphatically to the good people of DeKalb County that I’ve done nothing wrong as I’ve said from the very beginning. Done nothing wrong and I would never, ever, ever do anything to violate the public trust,” Ellis said on Tuesday night outside of his home. On what he said was the advice of his attorneys, he would not speak to the charges specifically. Ellis was indicted Tuesday on 15 counts by a grand jury, including 14 felonies. He faces four counts of extortion, two counts of theft by taking and several conspiracy charges, said DeKalb District Attorney Robert James during an afternoon news conference. The indictment alleges that Ellis tried to extort campaign contributions from companies with county contracts in 2012 and threatened to withhold county business from those that didn’t contribute to his campaign. However, records show that at least one of the companies that did not contribute received county business despite the alleged threats. DeKalb County Commission Chair Lee May released a statement Tuesday in response to the indictment. “This is a sad day for DeKalb County. While every person is clearly innocent until proven guilty, this ongoing saga has been a distraction and continues to bring unwelcome negative publicity to our county and government” said Commissioner May. “Like all citizens of DeKalb, I pray that there will be a quick resolution to these issues,” May added. “Regardless of the accusations of corruption in the CEO’s office, my fellow commissioners and I are committed to keeping our

District Attorney Robert James focus on our duties and responsibilities as public servants. We remain steadfast in our commitment to bringing a better future to DeKalb County.” May would assume the CEO job if Gov. Nathan Deal chooses to remove Ellis from office. Simply being charged with the felonies could lead to Ellis being removed from office, said DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader. Deal, who has already removed members of the county’s school board and formed an advisory committee to look into removing State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, could form a similar committee to review removing Ellis from his job.

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Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling Contest: Race vs. Class

By Justin Pope AP Education Writer In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity -- race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this month, the court is widely expected to roll back that decision. Such an outcome would shift attention more toward a less constitutionally controversial practice: giving a boost to socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of race. If that happens, it would reflect more than just a more conservative makeup of the justices. Over the last decade, clogged social mobility and rising economic inequality have shifted the conversation on campuses and in the country as a whole. As a barrier to opportunity, class is getting more attention, while race is fading. ``The cultural zeitgeist has changed,’’ said Peter Sacks, author of the book Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education. “The Great Recession really exacerbated the vast and growing inequalities between rich and poor in America,’’ he said. “Talking openly about class has been taboo,’’ he added, but in recent years the evidence of widening inequality has mounted and it’s become “OK for the so-called 99 percent to talk about the 99 percent.’’ The shift is perceptible in a range of ways: -- You can see it in polling, like surveys from the Pew Research Center, which shows the percentage of Americans who feel racial discrimination is the chief impediment to Black progress is falling, from 37 percent in 1995 to 23 percent in 2012. Polling on affirmative action varies widely depending on how questions are phrased, but an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday showed strong feelings about using race in college admissions: Just 22 percent of Americans support letting universities consider applicants’ race as a factor, and 76 percent oppose the practice. The proportions supporting racial preferences were similar for Blacks (19 percent) and Hispanics (29 percent) as for Whites (20 percent). Most debaters agree the barriers to low-income students are a serious problem that should be addressed, and of course, many minority students are also low-income. But they acknowledge widening income inequality has made it harder to make their case that special attention to race remains justified. A report released last week by the Lumina Foundation underscored the large and persistent achievement gaps between races in the United States: Nearly 60 percent of Asian adults have a college degree, compared to 43 percent of whites but just 27 percent of blacks and 19 percent of Hispanics. More alarming are the numbers for those between 25 and 29 -- an indicator of recent trends. Whites and Asians are doing better than their parents. Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans are doing worse. That’s a problem for everyone, said Lumina president and CEO Jamie Merisotis. “Narrowing these gaps is a matter of economic and social collective self-interest,’’ he said.

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Al Jazeera America to Air Current Affairs Show with Kim Bondy By ADW Staff


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United Negro College Fund Launches ‘Better Futures’ Campaign By ADW Staff

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Michael L. Lomax, United Negro College Fund (UNCF) CEO and president; and Vernon Jordan, former UNCF executive director; co-hosted an event to launch a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign this week. Duncan, Lomax and Jordan discussed how investing in higher education can create better futures for all Americans. “Better Futures” builds on the iconic “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” campaign, launched in 1972 by UNCF’s then-executive director Jordan and created in partnership with the Ad Council and the ad agency Y&R. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more

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Fayette Co. Appealing NAACP Voting Rights Lawsuit By Associated Press

Officials in Fayette County are fighting a judge’s order to change their voting system. County commissioners voted unanimously recently to appeal a May 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten ordering the county to adopt a district-based voting system and do away with the at-large format. The NAACP had sued the county saying at-large voting in the county virtually guaranteed that no Black candidates would ever be elected to the board of commissioners or the board of education. According to U.S. Census data, the county is about 70 percent White and 20 percent Black. NAACP officials have said Black candidates have not been able to get support from White voters regardless of their qualifications. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the county has spent about $300,000 fighting the NAACP lawsuit.


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Al Jazeera America, the new American news channel that will launch later this year, announced recently that a one-hour current affairs magazine program called “America Tonight” will be at the heart of its daily schedule. Former CNN executive producer Kim Bondy will be senior executive producer of “America Tonight.” Adam May, Lori Jane Gliha and Christof Putzel will be three of the six national correspondents reporting on the nightly show. “America Tonight,” which will air at 9 p.m., will present in-depth segments each night on the economy, government, education, healthcare and the environment, and include breaking news. The show will incorporate contributions from six correspondents reporting from around the United States. The program will originate from a new, state-of-theart studio located at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “America Tonight” will draw on the global newsgathering Kim Bondy resources of Al Jazeera Media Network’s 12 bureaus in the United States and more than 70 bureaus around the world. The program will feature work by the Al Jazeera America investigative team led by veteran journalist Ed Pound. It will also cover stories in depth from across America, revealing new insights on the news of the day and breaking stories with its own original reporting. “America Tonight” will also incorporate social media interaction on screen and off to reflect the views of its American audience. “‘America Tonight’ will be typical of what viewers will see on Al Jazeera America,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive leading the development of the new channel. “We will provide our viewers with more than just headlines and statistics. ‘America Tonight’ and all other Al Jazeera America programming will explain what the news really means to the daily lives of our viewers.” Bondy, an award-winning television executive producer, previously was the vice president of morning programming at CNN and the executive producer of that network’s “American Morning” with Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien.

Census Bureau: Asians Fastest-Growing Race or Ethnic Group in 2012 Special to ADW

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that Asians were the nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration. By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012. The Hispanic population growth was fueled primarily by natural increase (births minus deaths), which accounted for 76 percent of Hispanic population change. Hispanics remain our nation’s second-largest race or ethnic group (behind non-Hispanic Whites), representing about 17 percent of the total population. These statistics are part of a set of annual population estimates released today by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. They examine population change for these groups nationally, as well as within all states and counties, between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012. Also released were population estimates for Puerto Rico and its municipios by age and sex.

“Asians and Hispanics have long been among our nation’s fastest-growing race or ethnic groups,” noted Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director. Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (climbing 2.2 percent to about 1.4 million), American Indians and Alaska Natives (rising 1.5 percent to a little over 6.3 million), and Blacks or African-Americans (increasing 1.3 percent to 44.5 million) followed Asians and Hispanics in percentage growth rates.



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High Schoolers Learn Flying Skills From Tuskegee Airmen

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High school students visit air traffic controllers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as part of the 2013 Summer Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Career Training program. Dozens of Atlanta area high school students will learn about the world of aviation, and meet members of the history-making Tuskegee Airmen during the Atlanta 2013 Summer Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Career Training program (TAACT), this week at Delta Air Lines headquarters in Atlanta. The annual week-long program introduces minority and female youth to the world of aviation through classroom instruction, field trips, and actual flights in small aircraft. Sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (ACTAI), led by President/Program Director Andrew Fellers, the program strives to instill in children an appreciation for the academic skills, moral character, proper conduct, dedication and discipline necessary to succeed.

On Tuesday, June 19, the participants spent several hours hearing firsthand the experiences of actual Tuskegee Airmen, as well as current pilots and aviation experts. With the impending and looming pilot shortage, the United States air carriers are on the verge of having fewer total pilots than the 992 graduates from the historic World War II Tuskegee Army Air Corps Flight School. The introduction of more minority and female youth to careers in aviation will play an important role in alleviating such an occurrence. The Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Flight Aviation Program is attempting to answer the need for more pilots and aviation professionals. The Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (ACTAI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering and promoting the involvement of African Americans, other minorities and women to the field of aviation. Since its inception in 1976, ACTAI has worked diligently to increase the African-American population in the airline ranks and build an airline hiring pool that is both inclusive and expansive. The national organization of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. has more than 50 chapters throughout the United States and is known world-wide for the heroism of its members during World War II.

Allyssa Martinez is among a group of high schoolers participating in the 2013 Summer Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Career Training program. Photos by Andrew Fellers.

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nity of scholars in service to others. CAU President Carlton E. Brown, one of the new inductees of Phi Kappa Phi, said, “The chartering of Phi Kappa Phi at Clark Atlanta University is the ultimate recognition of the high standard of academic excellence we implore for our students, faculty and staff. To become the first private historically black college or university to be granted a chapter is a milestone in our university’s history and the history of the HBCU. The university owes a special debt to our interim provost, Dr. James Hefner, who initiated and orchestrated the Phi Kappa Phi application process in a steady and steadfast manner over the last nine months. ”


100 Black Men of America Focus on Health and Wellness at National Conference

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CAU Group Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Seventy-five Clark Atlanta University (CAU) administrators, faculty and students were recently inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. CAU is the first private historically black college or university (HBCU) to be granted a chapter. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members and has become a global network. Its mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage its commu-

Former 100 Black Men Chairman Tommy Dortch and current Chairman Curley Dossman flank 100 Black Men of DeKalb President-Elect Cornelius Stafford as he receives the Mentor of the Year Award. The 100 Black Men of America (100 BMOA) focused on awareness and solutions for a number of health and wellness issues impacting African Americans at its 27th Annual Conference held earlier this month in New Orleans. Under the theme: “Optimizing Health & Wellness: Body, Mind and Spirit,” more than 2,100 attendees, including many young people, heard experts on panels and in workshops, learned about new mentoring and education techniques, and recognized the best practices to improve health personally and in their communities. “Health and wellness are crucial to the young people we serve through our ‘Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime.’ Our efforts are not nearly as effective if those we mentor are not healthy and well,” said Curley M. Dossman Jr., chairman of 100 Black Men of America Inc. “So we are intensifying our

efforts to raise the consciousness of the state of health in the African-American community, and enhancing our programs’ impact in this area.” The health state of African Americans was in the spotlight since there is greater incidence of prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and HIV/AIDS versus the general population. Further, African Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. Obesity and high blood pressure are also significant issues that are affecting Black youth. In his conference keynote address, Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., president of Morehouse School of Medicine, challenged the audience to help change the health and wellness culture of the African-American community saying, “We are out of balance, out of order, and almost out of time.” In response to the growing risks for pros-

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tate cancer – the incidence rate is 60 percent higher for African Americans and the death rate is 2 ½ times that of Caucasian men – the 100 BMOA reaffirmed its 2012 Prostate Cancer Statement that the current standard medical guidelines for prostate cancer screening are insufficient for AfricanAmerican males, putting them at greater risk. 100 BMOA conducted its traditional Community Empowerment Project The 100 Black Men were treated to a New Orleans-style Mardi (CEP) by providing a health Gras party at the conference. Pictured is jazz artist Boney and wellness fair for Central James. New Orleans residents in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans. The CEP Expansion in Mentoring & Education), UPS was held at the Ashe´ Cultural Arts Center. $125,000 (Leadership Development & ScholMore than 1,200 residents received health arships), Anheuser-Busch $175,000 (Mentoeducation that included: disease prevention ring & Water Conservation), Aetna $50,000 strategies, diet and exercise, disaster pre(Health Power 2013 / Youth Movement), and paredness, spiritual health, financial health, General Motors $35,000 (Impact Expansion and affordable health care access. In addition, for Mentoring & Education). health screenings for HIV/AIDS, prostate “These partners reflect our collaboration cancer, breast cancer, dental issues, and with like-minded organizations and individstroke were conducted, as were body mass uals who share our common cause of menindex and blood pressure checks. toring youth in at-risk situations,” Dossman Exhibits and demonstrations on said. “As part of our ‘100 as One’ platform, health-promoting subjects, such as how to we are deepening our One Cause and broadcook nutritious meals, were also given in a ening our One Network. These partners are festive atmosphere of healthy food, fun, and part of that network, which extends internagames that engaged the entire family. tionally through our 110 chapters.” At this year’s conference, 100 BMOA announced the following partnership investments: Wells Fargo $400,000 (Impact



Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks

Pink Ribbon 5K Walk/Run Supported By Mayor Kasim Reed Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed Julius “Dr. J” Erving Judge Glenda Hatchett Councilmembers: C. T. Martin H. Lamar Willis Keisha Lance Bottoms

Photos by Horace Henry Come support this worthy cause!

100 Black Men of America leaders stands before podium for recognition at the Ecumenical Breakfast held at the 27th annual conference

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks is Johnson’s first major solo museum exhibition. Grounded in modern and contemporary art, Johnson’s work gives voice to an Afro-futurist narrative that combines history, science fiction, magical realism, and non-Western theories on the origins of the universe to explore the shifting nature of identity and the individual’s role within that shift. Johnson has made dozens of works in a range of media, blending references to musicians and cultural icons—such as rap group Public Enemy, experimental artist Sun Ra, and civil-rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Through September 8, 2013 « TICKETS: HIGH.ORG OR 404-733-5000 Rashid Johnson (American, born 1977), The Moment of Creation, 2011, mirrored tile, black soap, wax, vinyl in album cover, books, shea butter, oyster shells, plant, space rocks, inkjet print on glass, and CB radio, Paul and Linda Gotskind Collection, Chicago, image courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



African American Students Can Find Exciting Summer Internships By ADW Staff

Internships are a gateway for students that lead to careers. There are thousands of internship opportunities each year across the country, and some of these programs are specifically for minorities and African Americans. Here are just five of such programs: #1 - Explore Microsoft Internship Program For Women and Minorities This program is for current college undergraduate minority students pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering. Students may apply in their freshman or sophomore year of college. Learn more at: html #2 - White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program For African Americans This program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African Americans. This is an unpaid internship working for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Learn more at: #3 - National Urban League Summer Internship Program This program is for students interested in a career in the non-profit industry. The program provides an 8-week paid internship for college students in either New York City or Washington, D.C. Learn more at: #4 - UNCF/NAACP Gateway to Leadership Internship Program This program is a 10-week paid summer internship for undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This program offers finance majors an opportunity to work with major financial organizations during the internship. Learn more at: #5 - NASCAR Diversity Internship Program This program is a 10-week, full-time, paid summer work opportunity for deserving students with an interest in the NASCAR industry, who are of Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, or of other racial minority descent. Students must have an interest in the NASCAR industry. Learn more at: To search and apply for more internship opportunities, visit

Business Scholarships available from Black MBA Association The mission of the National Black MBA Association is to identify and increase the pool of Black talent for business, public, private and non-profit sectors. The Scholarship Program is supported by donations from the Association’s corporate and educational partners and members. The group is accepting applications for scholarships through June 30. These include undergraduate awards up to $5,000 and graduate awards up to $15,000. Scholarships are also available through university partnerships. For more information, visit: aspx


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New Website and Local Event Help Veterans Find Jobs

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By ADW Staff A new website is now available to help those in the military, both active and retired, and members of their families find work. “Get My Vet a Job was created and designed with one intent, one purpose, and one mission: To provide all the employment, services, and opportunities to our military -whether active or retired. This site is solely dedicated to your jobs and careers,” the site creators say. Exiting the military or being an active reservist, finding a career -- a true career that the person can grow with -- can be difficult and frustrating, they note. “Finding employment that you believe matches your financial needs and wants often leads the job seeker in circles,” site creators say. Get My Vet a Job, with employers in all 50 states in the United States, has put together a comprehensive job database. All are geared toward the military and family. They list companies such as Apple, American Express, 1-800-FLOWERS, Mozilla and Aetna, to name a few, with jobs and careers in sales, service, management, technical, IT, technical support, education, medical, finance, and customer service.

In addition to a large database, Get My Vet a Job offers a range of services to promote job hunting success, including resume writing, cover letter development and interview training. The experts at the site say that they know after a career in the military it is difficult to put job training and field expertise into words that attract employers and they provide well-equipped resume writers. For those interested in a face-to-face experience with recruiters, RecruitMilitary will hold a Veterans Job Fair here on Thursday, June 27, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at Turner Field, at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, 30315. Veterans and their spouses will meet with veteran-friendly local and national employers including Grady Health System, Gypsum Management & Supply, Home Depot, Subsea 7, American Income Life Insurance Co., Ecova, McDonald’s Corp., Norfolk Southern Corp., Walgreens, INTELSAT, Military Sealift Command, and many more. This event is being produced by RecruitMilitary in cooperation with The American Legion.


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Atlanta Daily World Salutes ‘Women of Excellence’ We are delighted to present our inaugural class of “Women of Excellence.” It is often said that if you want something done and done well, ask a busy woman. Our honorees all prove the truth of this adage. The Atlanta Daily World is proud to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank them for continuing to get things done for all of us in Atlanta. This is a group of women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to community service. They are among Atlanta’s most powerful and notable women in business, politics, religion, entertainment, education and civic organizations. In addition to celebrating Atlanta’s 2013 “Women of Excellence” with food, inspiration, entertainment, all hosted by actress Kim Coles, we have published this keepsake edition of the Atlanta Daily World newspaper with photos and biographies of each of the award winners. This publication will be perfect to share with old and young alike. “Women of Excellence” is a signature event of the newspaper group Real Times Media, which also includes the Chicago Defender, Michigan Chronicle, New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender. Collectively, Real Times Inc. is the nation’s largest African American owned and operated newspaper organization in the country. Real Times Inc. is dedicated to sustaining its presence as the leading source of African American-related news, entertainment and lifestyle information and marketing M. Alexis Scott services. It is the goal of the Atlanta Daily World and all of the Real Times Media papers to Publisher, ADW inform, inspire, and elevate the quality of life of our readers through dynamic print content, great web and digital presence, effective social media and impactful events. Women are doing incredible things all across the country and we are pleased to recognize the achievements of the women of Atlanta. Enjoy this very special issue, then visit for up-to-the-minute news and features.

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House Minority Leader and State Representative, Georgia General Assembly and House District 89 Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly. She co-founded and acts as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm, and she co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers. Among her numerous honors, in 2012, Abrams received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. She was recognized nationally as one of the “12 Rising Legislators to Watch” by Governing magazine, and she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend for 2012 and 2013. Abrams serves on the Board of Trustees for Agnes Scott College, among other boards. She received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with an M.P.Aff. in public policy. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) from Spelman College, magna cum laude.

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Kathleen Bertrand maintains a dual career as Senior Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and as a jazz vocalist. A native Atlantan and a graduate of Spelman College, Bertrand is in her 30th year of employment with the ACVB. She has been recognized by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence and by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine as one of the Most Influential African-Americans in the Meetings/Tourism Industry, among other accolades. She is the 2007 recipient of the APEX Award for Distinguished Service by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine. Her board affiliations include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Black Women’s Film Network, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In 2007, she founded HIP – Hospitality Industry Professionals – an organization dedicated to the growth of diverse leadership within the hospitality industry. Most recently, she serves as executive producer and founder for the BronzeLens Film Festival, created in 2009 to bring attention to Atlanta as a destination for film production by people of color. Bertrand’s singing engagements have included performances ranging from three Olympic Games (Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta) to performances before two sitting U.S. presidents, to appearances at jazz festivals world wide.

Co-owner, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead Juanita Baranco is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baranco Automotive Group, currently consisting of Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead and smartCenter Buckhead. She and her husband, Gregory Baranco, founded the first Baranco car dealership in the metropolitan Atlanta area in 1978. Mrs. Baranco, along with her husband and former Ambassador Andrew Young opened Mercedes Benz of Buckhead in Atlanta in June of 2003. Baranco earned her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University. Baranco was once Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia. An active business leader, Baranco has been featured on several occasions in Georgia Trend magazine’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.” She has received numerous awards for her business and community activities, including recognition by the Dow Jones Company for entrepreneurial excellence and the first Trumpet Award recipient for entrepreneurial excellence. In 2001 she was inducted into the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame. Baranco serves on several boards and is Chairman of the Board at Clark Atlanta University.

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Kathleen Bertrand on being honored as one of the “Women of Excellence.”

Veronica Biggins, Managing Director of the Atlanta office of Diversified Search, previously served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under William Jefferson Clinton. She was responsible for selecting and hiring all political appointees within the federal government. Biggins served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Biggins serves on the Avnet and Southwest Airlines Board of Directors. She was recognized by the Board of Directors Network (BDN) for her advocacy of women on corporate boards. She completed the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. She received a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. She is Chair of the Global Board of Visitors for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and she sits on the Carter Center Board of Councilors and is on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Leona Barr-Davenport

President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Business League Leona Barr-Davenport serves as President & CEO of the Atlanta Business League (ABL), Atlanta’s oldest minority business development and advocacy organization. Her background combines more than 30 years experience in the areas of customer service, program development, organizational management and fundraising for associations and youth-oriented programs. A native of Johnsonville, S.C., Barr-Davenport received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration & Economics from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. and a Master of Business Administration degree with a Marketing concentration

from Clark Atlanta University. She has served with the Metro-Atlanta Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), the Atlanta Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and the Atlanta Red Cross, among others. She was recognized by the National Business League with the Visionary Leadership Award and was inducted into the 2006 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She also received the 2008 Trumpet Foundation’s High Heels in High Places Award, the 2009 8th Annual Bridge Builder Award from Atlanta Technical Foundation, Inc. and the Spirit of Sweet Auburn Legends Heroes and Heroines Award in 2010.


Lisa Borders

Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company

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Lisa Borders was recently named Vice President of Global Community Connections and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation at The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to that, Borders served as President of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. Borders served as Chief Executive Officer of LMB Group LLC. She worked as Senior Vice President of Cousins Properties Inc., the Atlanta-based Real Estate Investment Trust. Before working at Cousins, Borders worked in the healthcare arena

for more than 15 years. She serves as a Trustee at The Westminster Schools and as a Director with Teach For America. She also serves as a Director of Mercy Care Housing and as a Board Member of Research Atlanta and The Commerce Club. She served as Director of Saint Joseph’s Health System Inc. She serves as a board member at Clark Atlanta University, and as an advisory board member of Cool Girls and Year Up. She is a member of Leadership Georgia. Borders holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and a Masters of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.


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Karen Brewer-Edwards

Chief Executive Officer, SE Wal-Mart Region Karen Brewer-Edwards is a Regional General Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is responsible for managing more than $6 billion in revenue and approximately 28,000 associates and 95 stores in North Georgia including Atlanta. Her role consists of saving customers money so they can live better, executing business strategies for Walmart’s Southeast Division, serving communities in North Georgia, and talent development for the Southeast Division. Brewer-Edwards serves on the Board of Directors for the Communities in Schools of Georgia and on the Executive Board for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. In 2010 she was listed as one of the “Most Influential Women Business Leaders in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Journal and was featured in 2013 by “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta.” Brewer-Edwards received her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Central Arkansas.

Karmetria Burton

Candace L. Byrd

General Manager, Strategic Programs Supply Chain Management, Delta Karmetria Burton currently serves as General Manager for Strategic Programs with Delta Air Lines. The Houston, Texas, native was touted as one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine over the past two years. Burton is an advocate for minority and women-owned businesses, ensuring they are afforded competitive opportunities to service the international airliner. Burton previously served in the area of strategic sourcing with a variety of leading corporations, including Xerox and AT&T. She also worked in supplier diversity management for the Intercontinental Hotels Group. Burton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern University-Baton Rouge, La., and a master’s degree in business from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, she has taught business, procurement and diversity-related courses at Shorter, Georgia State and Kennesaw State University.

Chief of Staff, Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Candace L. Byrd received her B.A. from Georgia State University and her J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law. She began her career in the areas of medical malpractice, criminal defense, workers’ compensation and probate law at the law firm of Forrest B. Johnson & Associates, where she practiced for seven years. Subsequently, Byrd started her own practice, focusing in the areas of criminal defense and general practice. In June 2003, Mayor Shirley Franklin appointed Byrd as the Acting Chief Public Defender for the City Court of Atlanta. In January 2005, Byrd became a Deputy Director for the Municipal Court Office of the Public Defender. The office was responsible for handling over 25,000 cases each year for indigent defendants. In 2007, Byrd was appointed as Director of the office. In January 2010, Byrd was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed as Chief of Staff of the City of Atlanta. She is responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Mayor on legislative and political issues and serves as liaison to the public and private sectors in fostering partnerships and the development of revenue generating initiatives.

Congratulations to the ADW “Women of Excellence” The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is proud to congratulate our CEO, Lisa Flagg, for being recognized as a Woman of Excellence.


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Xernona Clayton

Founder/CEO, Trumpet Awards Foundation

Xernona Clayton is the Founder, Chair, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards. Clayton began her television career in 1967 and became the South’s first Black person to have her own television show. She was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years, where she served as one of the highest-ranking corporate female employees. In 1965 she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. In 1966, she coordinated the activities of Atlanta’s Black doctors, which resulted in the desegregation of all hospital facilities in Atlanta. She has received several Honorary Doc6torate degrees. A school was recently named for her in Ghana and an auditorium in Las Vegas. She received the first Coretta Scott King Award from the SCLC and received EBONY’S Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications award. The City of Atlanta honored Clayton by naming a street and a park after her in downtown Atlanta.

Stacy Cole-Bell

Director, Government and Community Affairs, Comcast Stacy Cole-Bell is the Director of Government and Community Affairs with the Central Division for Comcast Cable Communications, a Fortune 500 Company and the largest provider of Cable TV and Broadband services in the United States. The Central Division consist of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Cole-Bell is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with elected officials at the local, state and federal level. Additionally, Cole-Bell serves as a liaison between the corporate and regional Community Affairs teams. Cole-Bell is the Immediate Past President of the Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Inc., and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. Cole-Bell previously served on the Board of Directors of Cool Girls, Inc., Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and Literacy Action, Inc. Cole-Bell received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review.

Tanya Coleman

Director of Marketing, Publix Super Markets, Inc. Tanya M. Coleman, manager of marketing communications for Publix Super Markets, Inc., is a native Atlantan. Coleman, responsible for developing and managing divisional marketing communications strategies and promotional activities in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina, successfully marries her professional word-load to long-held civic responsibilities and domestic oversight. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta; a member and former president of the Dogwood City Chapter, The Links, Inc.; a member of The Junior League of Atlanta; and cochair, The Friends of Jerry Pickney at The High Museum of Art. Coleman has been recognized and honored by numerous groups and organizations. She is the recipient of the YWCA of Cobb County Women of Achievement Award and the Female Powerhouse (award) - Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Prior to Publix Super Markets, Coleman served as Director of Development, Families First; Director of Development, Spelman College; Area Development Director, UNCF; and buyer, Federation Department Stores. Coleman is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School (Magna Cum Laude) and Spelman College (Summa Cum Laude).


Shan Cooper

Vice President/General Manager, Lockheed Martin Shan Cooper is Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and General Manager of the company’s Marietta, Ga., facility. She is also responsible for the company’s subassembly sites in Meridian, Miss., and Clarksburg, W.Va. In addition, she serves as the company’s Vice President of Business Ethics. She has received the Women of Color in Technology Corporate Responsibility Award and the YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement. She was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2009 Top 100 Under 50 Executives and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012 and 2013. She also received the 2013 Pioneer Award from US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. Cooper is the 2014 Chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. She sits on the executive boards of the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, among others. She is on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and the Board of Trustees of the WellStar Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center. She holds an MBA from the Business School at Emory University and is a graduate of the Rutgers Global Executive Masters in Human Resource Leadership Program.

Tara Y. Coyt

President, Coyt Communications Tara Coyt is an award-winning marketing strategist and writer. She has developed marketing and advertising campaigns for McDonalds, Sony, Porsche, General Mills, HBO, Showtime, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, Disney, UNCF and a host of other companies. Coyt’s writing credentials include ghost writing, Time Served: My Days and Nights on Death Row Records and Your Passport to Reinventing You, written for NBA All Star, Sidney Moncrief. She is currently consulting on a photographic memoir for NBA All Star Joe Barry Carroll and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. Coyt’s five-year tenure as the host and guest interviewer for “Newsmakers Live!” featured guests like Joseph Lowery, Jesse Jackson, Roy Ayers, the 2009 Atlanta Mayoral candidates, and the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Her community involvement has included serving on boards for the Atlanta-Rio Sister Cities Foundation, the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, and the Atlanta Writers Club. She is a Walter Kaitz Foundation Fellow and earned an MBA from Ohio State University and a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Xavier University of Ohio.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum President, Spelman College

In 2002, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum became the ninth presiident of Spelman College, which is now widely recognized as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the nation. In addition to being an accomplished administrator, Tatum is widely recognized as a scholar, teacher, race relations expert and leader in higher education. In 2005 Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. She is the author of several books, including Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007). Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Tatum is a member of several boards, including the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, where she serves as Vice Chair. Tatum earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan. She also holds a M.A. in religious studies from Hartford Seminary.


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Nancy Flake Johnson

Cynthia N. Day

President and Chief Executive Officer, Urban League of Greater Atlanta

President and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Trust Bank

Nancy Flake Johnson is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. She hails from Detroit, Michigan where she previously served as the Vice President of Programs for the Detroit Urban League. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her position, having high-level work experience in both the public and private sectors. For ten years, Johnson served as the Executive Director for the Howard University Small Business Development Center. Prior to that, she built a career as a successful CPA and consultant operating an accounting, tax and consulting practice for 15 years. She began her professional career in Atlanta after graduating from Howard University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, working with top CPA firms including Coopers and Lybrand and Arthur Andersen and Company. In addition to her work at the League, Johnson serves on the City of Atlanta Workforce Development Board and the Howard University Entrepreneurship Institute.

Cynthia N. Day is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Trust Bank. Day establishes and implements the vision and strategic direction of the institution. She also provides leadership to a team of Citizens Trust Bank’s senior management professionals in an effort to achieve and accomplish the Bank’s strategic objectives. She has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 20 years. Day has been recognized for her leadership and mentorship in various community and professional organizations including being named one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Aaron’s, Inc., The National Bankers Association, Central Atlanta Progress, and the Atlanta Business League. She is also a member the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center. A native of Fayette, Ala., and a graduate of The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Day received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

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Lisa Flagg

Chief Executive Officer, Fulton Dekalb Hospital Authority Lisa Flagg is CEO of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. She has served as Staff Attorney to the Hon. Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, former Chief Judge for the Superior Court of Fulton County. Thereafter, she opened a law office, where her practice included Family law, General Civil litigation and she served as Indigent Defense Counsel. Flagg also has served as Deputy General Counsel for the State Office of Public Health, and as Interim State Registrar for Georgia’s Office of Vital Records. Flagg is co-founder of the Julian Lewis Youth Leadership Academy. She received a B.A. degree in Education from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was the recipient of a Humanitarian Award for her work with the indigent community surrounding her undergraduate university. While in law school, she was awarded a public service grant to study the criminal justice system in the Bronx, New York.


Actress, Singer, Dancer Jasmine Guy is a dancer, actor, singer, director and writer. She has a recurring role as Grams on the popular CW series “Vampire Diaries,” received critical acclaim for her role in the 2012 film “October Baby,” and starred in the 2012 Alliance Theater production of “God of Carnage.” Her body of stage work includes Broadway productions of “The Wiz,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Grease” and “Chicago,” starring as Velma Kelly, and most recently starring locally opposite Kenny Leon in “Fool For Love.” For television, she created the iconic southern belle Whitley Gilbert on the “Cosby Show” spinoff, “A Different World,” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards and numerous other honors. Other TV credits include the mini-series “Queen,” “Anne Rice’s Feast of All Saints,” “America’s Dream,” “Touched By an Angel,” “Fame,” “NYPD Blue,” “Melrose Place,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and Showtime’s “Dead Like Me.” Her film credits include Spike Lee’s “School Daze” and Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights,” among others. She is currently Producing Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta.

Judy Forte

Chair,NBAF Board of Directors Evern Cooper Epps is the retired President of The UPS Foundation and the retired Vice President of UPS Corporate Relations. Then-President George W. Bush appointed her twice as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The YWCA of Greater Atlanta named her as their 2005 Woman of Achievement. She was selected for the Women’s Hall of Fame of the Atlanta Business League. She has been named as one of Georgia’s 100 most Influential Women in Corporate America. In addition, she has served as the Board Chair of The National Black Arts Festival, has been a member of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and has served as Secretary of The ELC Foundation. Other board involvement has included the Advisory Board for Girl Scouts of Northwest Georgia, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Hank Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation, Cool Girl’s, and Emory School of Medicine. Epps earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Michigan State University, and she continued her education at Emory University and Harvard School of Business.

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Superintendent, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Judy Forte is Superintendent of the Martin Luther King, Jr. NHS, a unit of the National Park Service. She is responsible for the protection, preservation, interpretation and education of the places where Martin Luther King, Jr., was born, and where he has lived, worked, worshiped, and is buried. She joined the National Park Service in 1978, after graduating from Tuskegee University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She previously served as acting Associate Regional Director for Park Operations, and Regional Chief Ranger, Southeast Region, and Superintendent at Horse-

Congratulations to the Atlanta Daily World and the Inaugural Class of “Women of Excellence” from Congressman John Lewis, serving Georgia’s 5th District.

shoe Bend NMP, Dadeville, AL. She was recognized by the U.S. DOI, for her leadership during Gulf Coast recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was selected by the Atlanta Business League as one of the Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence for 2009, and Berean SDA Church selected her as a recipient of their Black History Award for 2013.

The Atlanta Braves congratulates Ericka Newsome-Hill For her selection as a Atlanta Daily World

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The Honorable Shirley Franklin

Chair, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin recently joined the University of Texas in Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor in Ethics and Political Values. Franklin served as mayor of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. She was the first female to hold this position, and became first Black woman to be elected mayor of a major Southern city. In 2005, TIME Magazine named Franklin one of the five best big-city American mayors. She also was included in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Leaders of 2005” issue. Franklin was the recipient of a Profile in Courage Award in 2005, issued by the John F. Kennedy Library

Foundation. In July 2009, Franklin was appointed to an ad hoc Department of Homeland Security special task force. She has served as a member on the Board of Directors for both Delta Air Lines and Mueller Water Products. Franklin received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and her M.A., also in Sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania.


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The Honorable Glenda Hatchett Judge

Judge Glenda Hatchett presides over the syndicated television show “Judge Hatchett,” and she is the founder of Parent Power Now, the online parenting network. Prior to becoming a judge, Hatchett worked at Delta Air Lines, serving in dual roles as a Senior Attorney and as Manager of Public Relations. At the time, Ebony Magazine named Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.” She then became Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court, becoming Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court. Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law. She was awarded the Emory Medal, the highest award given to an alum by the university. Hatchett is also the author of two national best-selling books. Hatchett has served on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization, as well as the Board of Directors of Gap, Inc., the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), The Service Master Company, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Quinnie Jenkins-Rice Director of Community Affairs, Southwest Airlines

Quinnie Jenkins-Rice recently joined Southwest Airlines as Community Affairs and Grassroots Manager where she is responsible for public relations, community outreach, crisis communications, event planning and social media. Her job includes building partnerships and developing programs like the Southwest Airlines Art & Social Engagement Project which works with Emory University undergraduate students, community leaders, and local artists to create public art projects reflecting important social issues in Atlanta. A former Corporate Communications Specialist for Air Trans Airways from 2007 to 2011, Jenkins-Rice has also worked for the Shepherd Center as a public relations manager. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalist. Jenkins-Rice is also involved with the March of Dimes, Hands On Atlanta and the Habitat for Humanity.

Stacey Key

President and Chief Executive Officer, GA Minority Supplier Development Council Stacey Key is the President and CEO of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) – the state of Georgia’s leading organization for supplier diversity and small business development. The GMSDC certifies Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firms, develops their capacity and capability, and connects them with opportunities to do business with corporations and governmental agencies in Georgia. Key is also the president of GBK Enterprises, an entrepreneurial family-owned business. She has more than 20 years of management experience in sales, marketing, operations and customer satisfaction, for global brands such as IBM, Schlumberger, Bellsouth and Samsung. Key has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. Key sits on the Boards of Directors of Atlanta Technical College, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the State Transportation Board.


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Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Region 4 Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September 2010. She is the first African American to hold this position in Region 4. Fleming is responsible for eight Southeastern states, as well as six federally recognized tribes, making Region 4 the largest of 10 regions. Region 4 has approximately 1,000 employees, and Fleming manages a budget of over $500 million. Prior to this position, she became the DeKalb County   District Attorney in January 2005, making her the first African American and first woman ever to serve in this post. She also served as the first woman, first African American and youngest to ever be elected as DeKalb’s Solicitor General. She is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP and has completed several programs in leadership. She also chairs the Combined Federal Campaign. Fleming is a New Jersey native and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Douglass College and a law degree from the Emory University School of Law.

Miranda Mack McKenzie is the Area Development Director for UNCF, Inc. McKenzie recently retired from 30 years of service in the beverage industry, with the most recent being Anheuser-Busch, Inc., where she worked for 17 years. McKenzie is a “Grady” baby and a Morris Brown College graduate. She started her career with WAOK Radio station. She is currently on the boards of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, the NBCAHF Board, the Atlanta NAACP the BWFN and on the National Governance Committee for The Links, Inc. She is active at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church and with several civic and social organizations, including the Camellia Rose Chapter of the Links, Inc. Mack has received numerous awards including Ebony’s Magazine Top Black Women in Corporate America, ABL’s Top 100 Women of Atlanta (tenured); 2011 Top Women of Atlanta Award and others.

Janice L. Mathis, Esq. Is vice president of the Citizenship Education Fund, which was founded by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson in 1984. Based in Atlanta, Janice practices law emphasizing personal injury and criminal appeals. She is a former member of diversity councils for Georgia Power and Coca-Cola. She is a graduate of Duke University and UGA law school. Janice served on the Democratic National Committee and on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the US. Janice is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and currently serves on the national Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Deidre McDonald

President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Housing Authority

Janice McKenzie-Crayton serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA), one of the largest and oldest mentoring programs in the south. She has held this position since January 1992, and provides leadership to a diverse and multi-cultural staff of 43 professionals. In her 20 years as the chief administrator of this youth-serving organization, Janice has led BBBSMA through strategic growth and has expanded the reach of BBBSMA to 12 metro Atlanta counties currently serving approximately 3,400 children. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Janice was the Vice-President for Development at Spelman College after moving to Atlanta in 1988. Prior to her notable work at Spelman, Janice held positions with Howard University, Hampton University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Howard University.

The Honorable M. Yvette Miller

Vice President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Chief Executive Officer, The King Center

Ms. Rene Lewis Glover has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Housing Authority since 1994. Ms. Glover also serves as Director of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Prior to joining the Atlanta Housing Authority, she was a corporate finance attorney in Atlanta and New York City. Ms. Glover reorganized AHA, the sixth-largest housing authority in the United States, into a diversified real estate company, with a public policy and service-oriented mission. As a result, she has been nationally recognized for her role in transforming U.S urban policy. Ms. Glover is a member of the international board of directors of Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Glover earned her juris doctorate at Boston University, her master’s degree at Yale University and her bachelor’s degree at Fisk University.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Janice Mathis

Bernice King

Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968. She is a powerful, motivating orator, who is the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Law Degrees from Emory University. In 2007 she established the Be A King Scholarship in honor of Coretta Scott King at Spelman College. She serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE, the Board of the inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial, and she is an Advisory Board Member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). With a strong passion for youth and the next generation, Bernice King founded Be A King, whose mission is to re-brand and re-image generations of people to elevate the way they Think, Act, Learn, Love, Live, and Lead.

Janice McKenzie Crayton

Regional Vice President, United Negro College Fund

Chief of Staff, Environmental Protection Agency

Founder and Artistic Director / Co-Creator Science of Film Making (SOFM) Youth STEM Initiative

Deidre McDonald has over 30 years of experience as an award-winning producer, writer and educator. Currently, she is the Founding Artistic Director for the BronzeLens Film Festival, which celebrates Atlanta as the new Mecca for film production. She served as Project Leader for the Georgia Entertainment Media (GEM) Work Ready Region, an economic development initiative that focused on careers in the metro-Atlanta entertainment industry. Formerly Senior Producer for Programs and Projects for WXIA-TV, she produced programming centered on social and cultural issues that was recorded locally, nationally and internationally. Selected awards include eight regional Emmy’s, and over 25 Emmy nominations, recognition from the National Commission on Working Women, and the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NAPTE). She was on the faculty at Clark Atlanta University and also served as Director of Internships and Special Projects for the Division of Communication Arts. She is actively involved on the Board of Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) and many other professional organizations.

Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals

Judge M. Yvette Miller was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Governor Roy Barnes on July 12, 1999, when she became the first African-American woman and 65th Judge on the Court. She has been re-elected statewide without opposition by the citizens of Georgia for three six-year terms, most recently in July, 2012. Judge Miller was unanimously selected by her fellow judges to serve as Chief Judge for a two-year term, ending on January 1, 2011. Judge Miller is the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia. A former “Miss Macon,” Judge Miller received her B.A., cum laude, from Mercer University in 1977 and her J.D. from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1980. Judge Miller also earned an LL.M. in litigation from Emory University School of Law in 1988 and an LL.M. in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.


Candy Moore

Sr. Vice President and Community Development Manager, Wells Fargo Candy Moore is a Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager for Wells Fargo & Company in Atlanta, responsible for the company’s community lending, service and investment strategies and goals for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. She currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta Business League. She was the first African American to serve as chair of Converse College’s Board of Visitors. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta Political Affairs Committee, and has worked on United Way Campaigns, UNCF’s Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball, and was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to serve on the Mayoral Board of Service. Moore is among Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and has been named one of Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential African-American Women and one of Atlanta’s 100 Top Black Women of Influence. She received the Concerned Black Clergy’s 2010 Corporate Award and is a recent graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2012. Moore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and marketing, graduating cum laude, from Converse College, an all-women’s college in Spartanburg, S.C.


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Ericka D. Newsome-Hill

Director, Community Affairs, Atlanta Braves Ericka Newsome-Hill is Director of Community Affairs for the Atlanta Braves and Executive Director of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Newsome- Hill directs the many corporate relations and community service initiatives of the Atlanta Braves and implements the philanthropic programs of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. She has secured and distributed more than $5 million to local non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, The YMCA and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, among others. Newsome-Hill currently serves on the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA Board, Red Cross Minority Recruitment Board, Atlanta Corporate Donors Forum, Spelman Coca Cola Leads Mentoring Program and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Buckhead Cascade City Chapter of the Links, Inc. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Newsome-Hill earned a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science in Sports Marketing from St. Thomas University in Miami.

Jackie Parker

President, Newell Rubbermaid Foundation Jackie Parker is the Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy at Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and is President of the Newell Rubbermaid Foundation. Parker is the founding pioneer for three of Newell Rubbermaid’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, which have transformed the company’s approach to investment and involvement in social causes and diversity and inclusion. Parker has received many awards and honors, including the Atlanta Technical College Bridge Builder Award; Atlanta’s Business-to-Business Magazine IMPACT Leader Awards; Savoy Magazine Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America; Atlanta’s Business -to- Business Magazine Women of Excellence; Hampton University Alumnus at Large Award; Georgia Assoc. Black Women Attorneys Professional Leadership Award; and the Trumpet Awards - High Heels in High Places Award. She serves on many boards and has chaired many organizations and events, including the Advisory Board of Councilors, Carter Center; Board Chair, YWCA, Metro Atlanta Chapter Chair; President-Elect, Parker earned her Master of Business Administration in marketing from Johns Hopkins University and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hampton University.

Mary Parker

Chairman of the Board Atlanta Business League Mary Parker, president & CEO of Atlanta based ALL(n)1 Security Services is the only nationally-certified African American female owner of a full-service security firm in the country. She started the business in 2001 after leaving another security firm. Now, thanks to contracts with both private and public clients, the company claims more than 200 employees and revenues that Parker says will top $10 million next year. ALL(n)1 provides services ranging from uniformed security guards who patrol construction sites, stores, corporations and other facilities, to access control, remote surveillance and alarm systems, to traffic control and employee background checks. The firm has worked special events such as sports events and concerts, and done jobs for companies like Atlanta Gas Light and clients such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council recently honored Parker with its Supplier of the Year Award, while the Atlanta Business League presented her with its Outstanding Achievement Woman of the Year Award.


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Ingrid Saunders Jones

Monica Kaufman Pearson

Senior Vice President, Global Community Connections, FDN. Chair, The Coca-Cola Company

Retired Anchor and Board Member, WSB-TV Channel 2 / True Colors Theatre Company Monica Kaufman Pearson is the first woman and the first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, where she worked for 37 years at WSB-TV. She’s won over 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her “Closeups” celebrity interview show. The bipartisan Georgia delegation honored her in speeches on the U.S. House floor, when she retired in 2012. Since retiring, she writes a column, “Monica Matters” for Southern Seasons magazine and is a graduate student at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass

Communication. She is a volunteer, a motivational speaker, a singer, the daughter of a 90-year-old, the wife of an assistant police chief, and the mother of a budding entrepreneur. She’s a graduate of the University of Louisville and is a native of Louisville, Ky.

Recently retired after 30 years, Ingrid Saunders Jones was the senior vice president of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. Ms. Jones headed the Company’s philanthropy efforts, which under her leadership contributed more than $460 million to support community initiatives. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones worked with the Honorable Maynard Jackson, then Mayor of the City of Atlanta; served as a legislative analyst for the president of the Atlanta City Council; served as the Executive Director of the Detroit Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council; and also taught in the public schools of Detroit and Atlanta. Ms. Jones is the National Chair of the National Council of Negro Women, a board member at Clark Atlanta University, the Woodruff Arts Center, The Ohio State University President’s Council on Women, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She also is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Society of International Business Fellows, and serves on the national board of directors of Girl Scouts USA.

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Erica Qualls

President, Bank of America Georgia

General Manager, Atlanta Marriott Marquis Erica Qualls serves as General Manager for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Marriott International’s third-largest hotel – a $100 million- a-year operation. She is responsible for ensuring guest and associate satisfaction, managing the hotel’s finances and assets, owner relations and fostering business alliances that promote Marriott International. In April 1993, Qualls started her career with Marriott International. She has held key positions in various disciplines. Qualls is also involved in national and local community organizations including Children’s Miracle Network, Hands on Atlanta, United Negro College Fund, United Way, the Azalea City Chapter of the Links, Inc. and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta Police Foundation and Chick-Fil-A Bowl. She is on the Executive Board of Directors for the Metro Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Hotel Council, Atlanta Business League and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a member of the boards of Central Atlanta Progress, Atlanta Technical College, YWCA and Marriott Pride.

Geri Thomas is Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Executive and Georgia Market President for Bank of America. She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity and inclusion globally and serves on the bank’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council. As Georgia market president, Thomas is responsible for driving business integration opportunities across Georgia to grow market share and deliver the full power of Bank of America. She also oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility strategy locally. Thomas is a member of the Consortium of Chief Diversity Officers at Georgetown University. She is on the board of trustees of the Georgia State University Foundation. She is currently a member of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, the Buckhead Coalition, the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and Leadership Atlanta. In addition, Thomas is a member of the executive committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Leadership Council and serves as a trustee of Woodruff Arts Center. Thomas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources from Georgia State University.

The Honorable Cathelene “Tina” Robinson

Pat Upshaw-Monteith

President and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Atlanta

Clerk of Superior Court, Fulton County Georgia The Honorable Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, also known as “The People’s Clerk,” is a lifelong Georgia native and has served Fulton County citizens for over 38 years. As Clerk of Superior Court, Robinson is responsible for the mandated duties of recording and safeguarding all criminal, civil, real estate and Board of Equalization records, managing an annual budget of $16 million and a staff of over 200 Deputy Clerk. Robinson’s office motto, “doing the right thing, the right way, each time, for every customer,” illustrates her commitment to customer service and creating initiatives to help make our community a safer place for all to live, work

and play. Robinson volunteers with numerous civic outreach programs and serves on a variety of task force boards. She is an alumnus of the former George Washington Carver High School and Atlanta Junior College. Tina is the proud mother of two daughters and one grandson.

Since 1992, Pat Upshaw-Monteith has gone from Co-Executive Director to Executive Director and then was promoted to President and CEO of Leadership Atlanta in 2005. In this capacity, she has capably steered Leadership Atlanta to the position of excellence it now enjoys. Prior to heading Leadership Atlanta, Upshaw-Monteith served as Associate General Manager of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 13 years. When appointed to this position, she became the first African Americans hired in management by a major symphony orchestra. Upshaw-Monteith is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and currently serves on the board of the Salvation Army, APEX and Advisory Board of Private Bank of Buckhead. She has been widely honored for her achievements.

Charmaine Ward

Director, Community Affairs, Georgia-Pacific Charmaine Ward is Director of Community Affairs for Georgia-Pacific. During her 25-plus years in corporate America, Ward has held senior level positions with IBM, Showtime Networks, Bank of America and John H. Harland. She is immediate past president of the National Black MBA Association, Atlanta Chapter. She also serves on the boards of the Atlanta Business League; Urban League of Greater Atlanta; True Colors Theatre; National Black Arts Festival and PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators). Ward has received numerous awards, including the Torch Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 100 Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta from Atlanta Business League, Local Legend from Frank Ski Kids Foundation, 30 Powerhouse Women from Who’s Who In Black Atlanta, 25 Women of Achievement from Rolling Out Magazine, and Woman In Philanthropy from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ward graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from the Executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University.

Elisabeth Williams Omilami

Managing Director, Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Homeless Elisabeth Omilami is the CEO and President of one of Atlanta’s most historic human service organizations, Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless. She is also a stage, film and television actress with over 30 years of experience as an artist. Omilami is also an activist, and her voice can be heard across the globe around such issues as poverty, hunger and shaping policies that do not deny the poor access to equal opportunity. Under the leadership of Omilami and her husband, Afemo, Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless has expanded to a year-round human services organization with programs that touch over 180,000 people per year. HFTH’s “Homeless Prevention” program is an award-winning program. Their disaster relief activities have recently been commended by the Governor of Georgia and reach far beyond Georgia to Alabama and Tennessee. HFTH operates the largest food bank in the region that supports families directly with nutritious emergency food. HFTH Holiday Dinner Festivals are held on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Easter Sunday -- massive events that feed thousands and include a free medical clinic, all-you-can-eat food, barber/beauty services, clothing, toiletry and personal grooming product distributions, a children’s party, an educational component, and much more. As an actress she has been seen most recently in “The Blind Side” and in the Lifetime TV special “Marry Me.” An accomplished playwright, Omilami’s original play “There is A River in My Soul” will experience a revival next year.  

The Honorable Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Mayor City of Riverdale

An Atlanta native, Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, Mayor of the city of Riverdale, earned her post-secondary and post-graduate education in Social Work and Gerontology. Riverdale is a metropolitan suburb of Atlanta with a diverse and dynamic population that is located approximately five miles south of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. One of Wynn-Dixon’s most recent appointments was to Gov. Nathan Deal’s Transit Governance Task Force. Additionally, she serves in an executive capacity on the Georgia Municipal Association-Board of Directors, American Red Cross Minority Recruitment Board and the Securus House Executive Board—just to name a few. Wynn-Dixon has been recognized for her exemplary leadership and is the recipient of countless awards and special honors. In May 2011, she was named Business Woman of the Year by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. Wynn-Dixon is best known for forging partnerships to revitalize Riverdale’s communities, strengthening the economy through workforce investments, and smart growth initiatives.


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‘Dark Girls’ Documentary Exposes Entrenched Biases By ADW Staff

Documentary Director/ Producer Bill Duke took cameras into everyday America in search of pointed, unfiltered and penetrating interviews with Black women of the darkest hues for an emotional expose’ called, “Dark Girls”. Two years in the making “Dark Girls” pulls back our country’s curtain to reveal that the deep seated biases and hatreds of racism – within and outside of the Black American culture – remain bitterly entrenched. The show will be aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:00 pm. It will also be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Dark-skinned Black American women from all walks of life will be covered with a key focus trained tightly upon women struggling for upward mobility in the workplace of Corporate America. “These ladies broke it down to the degree that dark-skinned ‘sistas’ with ‘good’ hair vs. dark-skinned women with ‘kinky’ hair were given edges when it came time for coveted promotions.” Additional interviewees for “Dark Girls” include White men in loving

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intimate relationships with Black women that were passed over by “their own men,” as well as dark-skinned women of Latin and Panamanian background to bring a world perspective to the issue of dark vs. light. Duke adds, “In the late `60s a famous psychological study was done in which a youngw Black girl was presented with a set of dolls. Every time the she was asked to point to the one that wasn’t pretty, not smart, etc., she pointed to the Black doll that looked just like her. In her mind, she was already indoctrinated. To watch her do that was heartbreaking and infuriating. CNN did the test again recently – decades later – with little progress. As the filmmakers behind ‘Dark Girls,’ our goal is to take that little girl’s finger off that doll D. Channsin Berry who is the co-producer says of the film’s origin, “When Bill called me with the idea of a documentary about darkskinned women, I was in right away. Being a dark-skinned Black man, like Bill, I have gone through similar traumas. Bill and I shared our similar experiences and immediately understood that we knew the best way to approach this.”

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Students and Falcon’s Blalock to play with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Falcon Justin Blalock, in center, with youth performers. Photo by JD Scott Student musicians including members of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) and Talent Development Program (TDP) are set to perform alongside members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Side-By-Side Concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Art Center on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. will mark the end of an intensive four-day orchestral workshop. About 55 student musicians will participate. The workshop lets the students take part in special coaching sessions with symphony musicians, sit next to orchestra members during rehearsals and receive nearly 20 hours of musical instruction from staff conductor Jere Flint. Students will also be paired with an Atlanta Symphony musician who will serve as their mentor throughout the entire workshop. Justin Blalock — the starting left guard

for the Atlanta Falcons — has been an advocate for the ASO and its music education efforts throughout the past year, and he will perform on tuba alongside the Orchestra members and student musicians at this year’s concert. Blalock, who grew up playing the tuba and continues to play the drums and guitar, recognizes the importance of music-rich educational experiences and is also a spokesperson for the Atlanta Symphony’s “When I Play Music” campaign for music education ( “Growing up in Texas as an athlete and musician, I discovered firsthand that playing both football and tuba helped me thrive in all areas of life. When kids play music, they are more likely to become community leaders, have more confidence, and experience a sense of achievement,” said Blalock.

Comedian Dave Chappelle Will Perform at Tabernacle By ADW Staff

Beginning Thursday June 27 and continuing with two shows June 28 and another June 29, comedian Dave Chappelle will be entertaining Atlanta audiences with his signature brand of comedy at the Tabernacle. Chappelle, who’s generally kept a low profile since the end of “Chappelle’s Show” eight years ago, will headline Funny or Die’s “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival,” a tour which kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. The tour, which also includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin and Kristen Schaal, will run through 13 cities in five weeks, concluding in Mountain View, California. The tour is Chappelle’s biggest headlining gig in recent years after keeping most of his appearances to occasional drop-ins at comedy clubs and spots on “Inside the Actors Studio.” Chappelle remains most famous for “Chappelle’s Show,” a sketch-comedy hit that ran for two full seasons on the comedy channel. Chappelle was scheduled to do a third season, but left midway through its production, telling Oprah Winfrey not long after that he was burned out.



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Southern Baptists Re-Elect Black Rev. T.D. Jakes Tapes New Talk President; Break with Boy Scouts Show in Atlanta By Associated Press

The Southern Baptist Convention re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., at its annual meeting last week. Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base. The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year. Luter was unopposed for re-election and received a standing ovation. Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two oneRev. Fred Luter Jr. year terms. Also at the convention, delegates made motions that included a request for a task force to look into alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America, now that the Scouts have agreed to allow gay members. The convention later approved a resolution to condemn the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay boys to become Scouts. The resolution, which did not receive unanimous support, stops short of requiring member churches to break with the organization. At the meeting of about 5,000 Southern Baptists in Houston, Texas, Charlie Dale, pastor of the Indian Springs First Baptist Church in Alabama, spoke against the Boy Scouts resolution. Dale said that “boys who think they are gay are probably confused and need help. Such a boy needs our love. So let’s bring him in, show him what real Biblical manhood is about. And love him.” The Boy Scouts has deep ties to churches all over the country, with about 70 percent of the group’s more than 100,000 units chartered by faith-based organizations,” Reuters reports. Some 108,000 Boy Scouts in nearly 4,000 units are sponsored by Baptist churches, according to the Boy Scouts website.”

Hip Hop’s Rev Run Talks Diabetes at St. Phillip AME

Embarking on a new path as a talk show host, producer T.D. Jakes (“Sparkle”, “Jumping The Broom”) taped episodes for his new series “T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body, & Soul” at Turner Studios in Atlanta last week. Scheduled to premiere on BET in fall of 2013, the daytime chat-fest will cover a variety of topics and feature celebrity guests like hip hop legend and actor LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) author and Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin, and gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp, all of whom participated in the Atlanta taping.


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Excellent opportunity to work in a developing multi-speciality medical practice located in the city’s expanding medical and research community. The successful candidate will be joining an organization that is supported by one of the most outstanding clinical sub-speciality groups in America. This position is a part-time contract position for physician services for an out-patient clinic, no hospital coverage, no on-call, no weekends, no site rotation, no evenings and no holidays. Must have M.D. or D.O., completion of U.S. Residency Program and Board Certified or Board eligible. Three years practicing medicine preferred. If interested, e-mail resume to and include on the subject line, “Physician Resume”.

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Sealed bids will be received by the Department of Procurement, City of Atlanta, 55 Trinity Avenue, S. W., Suite 1790, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, telephone number (404) 330-6204, no later than 1:59 p.m., (As verified by the bureau of national standards), Opening date: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 FOR BID NO. 6571-AT, SEWER MANHOLE AND CATCH BASIN CAST IRON METER BOXES

ORDER OF NOTICE JD-JM-61 Rev. 10-11 C.G.S. 45a-716(c), 46b-129(a), 52-52,PA 11-51, Sec. 19 Pr. Bk. Secs. 11-6, 11-7, 33a-5 NOTICE TO: Bruce Norman father of child born to Diane M. on 08/18/00 of parts unknown A petition has been filed seeking: Commitment of minor child(ren) of the above named or vesting of custody and care of said child(ren) of the above named in a lawful, private or public agency or a suitable and worthy person.

Kasim Reed Mayor City of Atlanta Adam L. Smith, Esq., CPPO, CPPB, CPPM, CPP Chief Procurement Officer Department of Procurement RFP #ID-080113-PLR ADVERTISEMENT FOR CITY PARKING LOT REHABILITATION The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Proposals from qualified contractors for CITY PARKING LOT REHABILITATION. Sealed proposals will be received no later than Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park Georgia, 30337 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location other than the Purchasing Department will not be considered. A bid packet may be obtained from the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337, or from A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. Sealed proposals will not be accepted from any vendor not attending the Pre-Bid Meeting. Questions arising after the PreBid Meeting will be accepted via email ONLY to bgregory@collegeparkga. com until COB July 18. An Addendum listing all Q&A will be posted on the City’s website on or about COB July 25. It is the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all addenda. A five percent (5%) Bid Bond will be required with the bid. Prospective bidders should also be aware that a Performance and Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of contract amount will be required of the successful bidder. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Only responsive proposals that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by the City of College Park will be considered.

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By ADW Staff Hip hop star Rev Run will speak at St. Phillip AME Church in Atlanta on Sunday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m., to discuss the importance of African Americans knowing their risk for diabetes. One in 12 Americans has diabetes, and one in four are at risk of developing the disease. The risk for African Americans doubles - more than one in six African-American adults has diabetes. According to the Institute for Alternative Futures diabetes model, the number of people in the Atlanta Metropolitan area living with diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) is estimated to increase 71% by 2025 from 765,300 in 2010 to 1,305,400.


The petition, whereby the court’s decision can effect your parental rights, if any, regarding minor children will be heard on: 7/2/13 at 2:45 PM at 920 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06106

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Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Permanent custody of the minor child born to Nyshonda Kinder and Tavon Coley in Mecklenburg County, NC on February 28, 2010. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than June 17, 2013 and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought.

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Notice of Incorporation Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which will incorporate “DENIM GARAGE, Incorporated, INCORPORATED,” will be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code (O.C.G.A. $14-3-202). The initial registered office of the corporation will be located at 2916 Brookfield Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331 and its initial reigstered agent at such address is JOSHUA C. LEWIS

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John Roe and Mary Roe, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) John Doe, Jane Doe and Marcus Thompson, ) ) Defendants.) ) In the Interest of: ) Kelis Nicole Herroitt, a minor under the age ) of eighteen (18) years ) _________________________________________ )

NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 20-7-1734(E) (Cum. Supp. 1991), that the minor child, Kelis Nicole Herroitt has been placed for adoption. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Georgetown County, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this notice, you should respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Georgetown County, South Carolina, notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceedings. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. SO BE NOTIFIED. By: ________________________ Louis Morant Attorney for Plaintiffs


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Although the federal government secretly spied on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the past, Blacks are more willing than Whites to have their privacy rights invaded if it will help investigate possible terrorists. A recent joint poll by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post showed that a majority of Americans support the National Security Agency’s tracking of telephone and Internet records of millions of Americans in an effort to make them safe from terrorists. According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans support the NSA obtaining special court orders to track telephone calls of millions of Americans to investigate terrorism. Forty-one percent found the practice unacceptable and 2 percent were undecided. However, on several key security issues, Blacks were more accepting of government intrusion than Whites. For example, pollsters asked this question: What do you think is more important right now – (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)? When you drill down to the race of registered voters who were interviewed, there were significant racial differences. Of Whites polled, 60 percent said yes, the government should be able to monitor everyone’s email and online activities; 36 percent objected. Among all people of color, 67 percent said yes and 30 percent said no. But among registered African American voters, 75 percent – 15 percent more than Whites – replied that such invasions were fine with them while 23 percent objected. Respondents were also asked: As you may know, it has been reported that the National Security Agency has been getting secret court orders to track telephone call records of MILLIONS of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism. Would you consider this access to telephone call records an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism? Overall, 56 percent of Americans said the NSA action was acceptable and 41 percent said it was unacceptable. A bare majority of Whites – 53 percent – found such activity acceptable, compared to 44 percent who considered it unacceptable. Among African-American voters, 62 percent found the practice acceptable and 37 percent found it unacceptable. A similar divide appeared when respondents were asked: Do you think the U.S. government should be able to monitor everyone’s email and other online activities if officials say this might prevent future terrorist attacks? Fifty-five percent of Black voters said yes and 44 percent said no. Among Whites, the numbers were flipped. Only 42 percent said yes and 55 percent said no.

Amazingly, Blacks are more trusting of the federal government even considering its past abuses. As I mentioned in a column last year: “From 1956 to 1971, the FBI operated a program called COINTELPRO, an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program. Initially established to spy on organizations suspected of communist ties, the program was expanded by J. Edgar Hoover to include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Lawyers Guild and other left-leaning groups. “A congressional committee, chaired by Senator Frank Church, issued a report that concluded, ‘Many of the techniques used would be intolerable in a democratic society even if all of the targets had been involved in violent activity, but COINTELPRO went far beyond that…the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas protect the national security and deter violence.’” The goal of COINTELPRO was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize” organizations that the FBI deemed “subversive.” The FBI harassed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. until his final days. Under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover and with the approval of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the FBI wiretapped King’s home and office telephones, decided not to tell King of credible threats on his life, taped what the FBI claimed were illicit sexual activities and mailed them to Dr. King’s wife. And perhaps in its most disgusting move, as David Garrow recounts in Bearing the Cross, a Pulitzer-Prize winning book about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, the FBI tried to get the civil rights leader to commit suicide. An anonymous letter and copy of taped sex recordings were mailed to King at his SCLC office in Atlanta. The letter said, “There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” If anyone has reason to distrust the federal government’s monitoring of its citizens, it’s African Americans. Yet, we continue to hope against hope, placing our trust in people and institutions that have sought to destroy us. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.)

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Even after all that the Obama Administration has done to advance the human rights agenda of the LGBT community, it appears as though some members of the community remain unsatisfied by the progress, as indicated by the heckling of First Lady Michele Obama during her remarks at a LGBT fundraiser Tuesday evening in Washington, DC. Lesbian activist Ellen Sturtz who identified herself as a member of the gay rights group GetEqual began yelling at the First Lady during her address to the crowd, demanding that Mrs. Obama tell the President to sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And while as gay man, I agree wholeheartedly with Sturtz that the passage of ENDA (End Employment Discrimination Act) which would protect the employment rights of millions of hard working LGBT Americans is of the utmost importance, I completely disagree with her disrespectful tactics. Sturtz outburst was then immediately met with a swift, decisive, and appropriate response from Mrs. Obama, telling Sturtz she could “Listen to [her] or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.” What I find even more disturbing is that after Sturtz was asked to leave by fellow guest she then proceeds to tell members of the media that she was “taken aback” after the first lady “came right down in [her] face” as if to say the first lady was not entitled to address her blatant disrespect. What some of my fellow gay rights activist and advocates need to understand is that while we should be deeply disappointed by the failure of President Obama to sign this executive order that would protect nearly 1/5 of America’s LGBT workforce, disrespecting the President much less the President’s wife in a public setting does nothing to advance our cause.. As a gay black man I have the luxury and sometimes downright difficulty of having my foot in the door of both African American culture and the culture of the LGBT community. African Americans, who view Michelle Obama with a favorability rating of 90%, feel like Tuesday’s display of disrespect already adds salt to an open wound. A sizeable majority of African Americans, myself included, take issue with what seems to be an unprecedented level of disrespect for this President and his family, whether it be a Congressman yelling “you lie” during a State of the Union Address, or Arizona Governor Jane Brewer pointing her finger in the President’s face, it seems as if America has lost their manners and their minds when it comes to the current residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition, when we compare the progress that has been seen with issues of importance to the LGBT community to level of progress seen with African American issues during Obama’s


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presidency, the LGBT community has arguably seen more victories. From the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to the signature of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Act that expanded federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity to being the first U.S. President to coming out in support of marriage equality. President Obama as shown a historical level of leadership in a short period of time on many issues important to the LGBT community, even being labeled by Time Magazine as the “First Gay President.” And while it can be argued that all of the progress that the LGBT community has experienced which is made up of a variety racial groups, benefits the larger society, many African Americans have accused the President of not paying the same attention to the social and economic issues plaguing African American communities. Despite the lack of progress on these issues support for President Obama among African Americans remains high at 90%, which is significantly higher than the 71% rate of support the President receives from the LGBT community, a community who has seen great strides in the span of just four and half years. I am not suggesting that because President Obama has shown support for the LGBT community, that advocates and activist should remain complacent. We should continue to push the President to take even more meaningful actions on the rights of LGBT Americans, especially when it comes to the issue of workplace discrimination on the basis of sexuality, orientation or gender identity. But using over the top antics will only distract the public and policymakers from the pureness of our fight for equality. Furthermore, after all President Obama has done for the LGBT community, the most any president has done in this history of this nation, the LGBT community’s support for the President should be unwavering, even when change does not seem to come fast enough. Because when it boils down to it, the opposing right has made it abundantly clear that the rights of LGBT Americans is not of concern to them. In essence, President Obama along with the efforts of countless dedicated activists, is all that we have and we should value this committed partner of equality. Devin Barrington-Ward is a 23 year old Atlanta based Political Strategist, Human Rights Advocate & Racial Politics Commentator.

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June 20 - 26, 2013

Jocelyn Dorsey (left), director of editorials & public affairs at WSBTV, stands with retired WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson at the 3rd Annual Spirit of the League Awards luncheon for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta on June 14 at the Twelve Hotel.

Mo Ivory (left), director of political-community outreach for CBS Radio Atlanta and host of “The Mo Ivory Show” on News/Talk 1380 WAOK, stands with vocal and ACVB executive Kathleen Bertrand, who serenaded the honorees at the Urban League event.

Spirit of the League Co-Chair Charmaine Ward (left), director of community affairs for Georgia-Pacific, stands with Scarlet Pressley-Brown, vice president of marketing for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, at the Urban League event.

Honoree Andy Young is flanked by Hector Bush (left) and Tuskegee Airman Val Archer at the inaugural Champions for Justice Awards at Turner Field on May 31. The award was presented by the Atlanta Braves and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights during the Braves Heritage Weekend.

Honoree Leroy Johnson is flanked by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, his wife Cleopatra and son Michael at the Atlanta Braves and NCCHR event. Johnson was the first black elected to the Georgia State Senate in the modern era.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Doug Shipman (right) greets Journalist and author of “The Race Beat” Hank Klibanoff at the 755 Club at Turner Field.


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