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50 Years Later the March Goes On Written by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, 2013 Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under the law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach -- so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it. And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more -- and no less -- than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out -- in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets and bombs -- for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal. Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road -- from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched -- in spite of animosity, oppression and brutality -- because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans. As we gathered 50 years later, their march -- now our march -goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity and fair treatment. We recognize that we are forever bound to one another and that we stand united by the work that lies ahead -- and by the journey that still stretches before us. We affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice -- until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unnecessary procedures, rules or practices. It must go on until our criminal justice system can ensure that all are treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law. And it must go on until every action we take reflects our values and that which is best about us. It must go on until those now living, and generations yet to be born, can be assured the rights and opportunities that have been too long denied to too many.
Civil Rights Leaders Lay out 21st Century Agenda By Suzanne Gamboa Associated Press
National Urban League CEO Marc Morial speaks during a series of programs featuring contemporary movement leaders discussing the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington in the new era of civil rights. The Rev. Al Shaprton (from left), president of the National Action Network, looks on with Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, at the Aug. 23 event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. A coalition of Black leaders issued what they said is the 21st century agenda for the nation on Aug. 23 as it marked the watershed civil rights event that helped bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 1963 march drew some 250,000 to the National Mall and ushered in the idea of massive, nonviolent demonstrations. The leaders -- including The National Urban League’s Marc Morial, the NAACP’s Benjamin Todd Jealous, the National Action Network’s Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Melanie Campbell -- named economic parity, equity in education, voting rights, health care access and criminal justice reform as national policy priorities. On the day of the anniversary, President Barack Obama spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place King stood when he delivered his “I Have a Dream’’ speech. Obama was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Churches and groups were asked to ring bells at 3 p.m. Aug. 28, marking the exact time King spoke. Organizers hoped this year’s event would serve to inspire people again to educate themselves about issues they see as making up the modern civil rights struggle. “It’s very difficult to stomach the fact that Trayvon wasn’t committing any crime. He was on his way home from the store,’’ Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, said Friday as she prepared to participate in the march. “Don’t wait until it’s at your front door. Don’t wait until something happens to your child. ... This is the time to act now. This is the time to get involved.’’
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New Black Mayors’ Conference King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Files Suit Against Ousted Executive Goal: Many Americans See Racial Director Disparities By Roz Edward
AwArds Ceremony Thursday, September 19, 2013 • 11:00 am -1 pm Biltmore Hotel BAllroom 817 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Rev. Cameron M. Alexander - Anitoch Baptist Church North Pastor Gerry T. Anderson - New Macedonia Baptist Church Rev. Dwight D. Andrews - First Congrenational Church Minister Richard L. Barclay - Hillcrest Church of Christ Bishop Dale C. Bronner - World of Faith Family Worship Catheral Rev. Frank Cornelius Brown, Sr. - Mt. Olive MBC and President Concerned Black Clergy (CBC) of Metropolitan Atlanta Pastor Olu Brown - Impact Church, Doing Church Differently Pastor Tariq Cummings - Allgood Road United Methodist Church Pastor Creflo A. Dollar, Jr. - World Changers Church International Bishop/Pastor Paul L. Forston - Paradise Church of God In Christ The Most Reverned Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.P. - Metropolitan Archbiship of Atlanta Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale - Ray of Hope Christian Church/Disciples of Christ Rev. Dr. Michael N. Harris - Wheat Street Baptist Church Bishop Rev. Barbara King - Hillside International Truth Center Rev. Timothy McDonald, III - First Iconium Baptist Church Rev. Kathy Morris - Trinity United Rev. Marvin Moss - Cascade United Methodist Church Pastor James T. Murkison - Voices of Faith South Rev. Craig L. Oliver, Sr. - Elizabeth Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Aaron L. Parker - Zion Hill Baptist Church Pastor Wilbur T. Purvis, III - Destiny World Church Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D - Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor William D. Watley - Saint Philip AME Church Rev R. L. White, Jr. - Mount Ephraim Baptist Church Rev. Jasper W.Williams, Jr. - Salem Bible Church The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright -The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Vanessa Williams, execuWilliams filed a counterclaim tive director of the National saying Mayor Johnson was Conference of Black Mayors improperly elected. And alis accused of incurring in though Fulton County Judge excess of $600,000 in quesChristopher Brasher ordered tionable business, according Williams to turn over the to a lawsuit filed in Fulton financial records, the former County court. Twenty-one director has yet to comply. mayors across the nation are Bank records for the organinow calling for Williams’ zation however indicate that resignation. the NCBM spent money at The Atlanta-based political Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, organization has been under Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, scrutiny by auditors for ticket broker StubHub, Toys its growing and seemingly ‘R’ Us, private Christian Vanessa Williams insurmountable debt, totaling school tuition, along with nearly $1 million dollars, cash payments to Williams which includes a shocking shopping list with and her husband. everything from Saks Fifth Avenue and TifJeff Dickerson, a regular on “The Georgia fany’s purchases to private school tuition. Gang,” is the NCBM’s spokesman. He says Williams however contends the debt is the board was stunned when it saw the the result of embezzlement by a former expenses. “One of the questions they want board member. But outrage from answered: How did this go on? How vendors and the organization’s do they stop it?” said Dickerson. inability to make good on “They want it stopped right payment promises caused the away.” NCBM to elect SacramenDickerson says if the conto mayor and former NBA ference can get its financial All-Star Kevin Johnson as its house in order, it can begin to new president. The NCBM also repay dozens of people it owes created a task force to investigate money to. the charges. “It will be a chance to pay Johnson has since sued Wilback the money or a portion of it,” liams, saying she wouldn’t cooperate. he said.
The Moses Award Recipients Bishop John Hurst Adams - Retired Bishop, A.M.E. Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley - Board of Directors, Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Retired Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church The Rev. Dr. William Vincent Guy, Pastor Emertius - Friendship Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery - Retired Pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church, Founder of Coalition for The Peoples’ Agenda and “Dean” of the Civil Rights Movement Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts, Pastor Emertius - Retired Ebenezer Baptist Church Reverend Dr. Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian - Renowned Minister, Author, Educator, Community Activist, and Humanitarian Ambassador Andrew Young - Pastor and Civil Rights Activist
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Five decades after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., a new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half (45 percent) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49 percent) say that “a lot more” remains to be done. Blacks are much more downbeat than Whites about the pace of progress toward a color-blind society. They also are more likely to say that Blacks are treated less fairly than Whites by police, the courts, public schools and other key community institutions. For example, 7-in-10 Blacks and about a third of Whites (37 percent) say Blacks are treated less fairly in their dealings with the police. About two-thirds of Black respondents (68%) and a quarter of Whites (27 percent) say Blacks are not treated as fairly as Whites in the courts. The survey, conducted Aug. 1-11 among 2,231 adults, including 376 Blacks and 218 Hispanics, also finds that large majorities of Whites, Blacks and Hispanics say their groups get along either “very well” or “fairly well” with each other. Still, about a third of all Blacks (35 percent) say they had been discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their race in the past year, as do 20 percent of Hispanics and 10 percent of Whites. These mixed views on progress toward racial equality found in the survey are echoed in the findings of a Pew Research Center trend analysis of government data on key indicators of well-being and civic engagement. The major findings of this analysis include: Finances: Between 1967 and 2011 the median income of a Black household of three rose from about $24,000 to nearly $40,000. Expressed as a share of White income, Black households earn about 59% of what White households earn, a small increase from 55 percent in 1967. But when expressed as
dollars, the Black-White income gap widened, from about $19,000 in the late 1960s to roughly $27,000 today. The race gap on household wealth has increased from $75,224 in 1984 to $84,960 in 2011. Other indicators of financial well-being have changed little in recent decades, including the share of each race that lives above the poverty line. Education: High school completion rates have converged since the 1960s, and now about 9-in-10 Blacks and Whites have a high school diploma. The trend in college completion rates tell a more nuanced story. While the gap has doubled among Blacks and Whites from 6 percentage points in 1960 to 13 points today, the Black completion rate as a percentage of the White rate has improved from 42 percent then to 62 percent now. Family Formation: Marriage rates among Whites and Blacks have declined in the past 50 years, and the Black-White difference has nearly doubled, with Whites still more likely than Blacks to be married. The share of births to unmarried women has risen sharply for both groups; Black mothers of newborns today are about two-and-a-half times as likely as Whites to be unmarried — 72 percent vs. 29 percent. Incarceration: Black men were more than six times as likely as White men in 2010 to be incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and local jails. That is an increase from 1960, when Black men were five times as likely as Whites to be incarcerated. Voter Turnout: Participation rates for Blacks in presidential elections has lagged behind those of Whites for most of the past half-century. But the gap has been closing since 1996 and Black turnout surpassed White participation 2012. Life Expectancy: The gap in life expectancy rates among Blacks and Whites has narrowed in the past five decades from about seven years to four.
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Eighty-five Students from Three Atlanta Public Schools Earn AP Scholar Awards
The College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program announced that 85 high school students from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams this year. APS students earned the award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. Of the 85 students awarded, 80 are from Henry W. Grady High School, three students are from Carver School of the Arts, and two students are from South Atlanta School of Law & Social Justice. The students will receive their certificates in the mail next month and the awards also will be noted in any official score reports sent to colleges, universities and scholarship programs. The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically-prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP
exams performed at a sufficiently high level to receive this distinction. Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.
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Wells Fargo Exec Candy Moore Is Bringing Community Commitment Back Though the financial services industry has seen its fair share of unparalleled doubt and instability, it certainly has not prevented Candy Moore, senior vice president and Southeast Community Development manager for Wells Fargo & Company, from enjoying a remarkable 19-year career. Moore, who joined the company in 1993, is a successful financial executive and leader, responsible for the banking institution’s community lending, service and investment strategies and goals for Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Moore’s lending services extend to non-profit organizations, which enables her along with her team to provide hands-on banking on a daily basis, in addition to free resources to schools and non-profit organizations. Moore receives a great sense of joy providing financial education, while enhancing the lives of moderate-to-low income families. Moore began her career as a branch manager but, her extensive sales, development, consumer lending, and marketing knowledge prepared her for her current role as a top-performing executive. Moore continued to enhance her education and graduated from the yearlong Retail Consumer Bank Associate Management Program offered by Wells Fargo.
She learned from her parents as a young girl what it meant to be dedicated and work hard -- a lesson that has established her as an exceptional and valued leader. Moore’s drive to assist the underserved of the community by giving a voice to the voiceless and by mentoring, providing counseling and helping others to avoid some of the pitfalls, roadblocks and mistakes she’s made in her career is admirable, to say the least. “No matter how much success you have in life, you didn’t do it by yourself,” says Moore. Selected among 50 women nationally as a member of the Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute from 2010-2012, Moore is an active member of the community, a prominent constituent of the Atlanta Chapter of The Links Inc. and the 15th national president to serve on the national Fund Development Committee. Moore serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, as well as the Atlanta Business League and the Junior League of Atlanta’s Political Affairs Committee. However, her a strong customer service foundation has kept her grounded and connected to the community. “Success is an ongoing activity and effort to make a difference in the community through working together as a company and with the community,” says Moore.
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Designer Introduces New Urban Intimates Lingerie Line at Macy’s Greenbriar
Groups Call for Purchase and Renovation of 7,500 Homes in Metro Atlanta
Macy’s and Urban Intimates invite customers to preview their newest 2013 collection. Join them Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. for an exclusive afternoon with Urban Intimates Founder and President Psychelia Terry. The event includes a fashion show featuring the brand’s introductory collection designed to complement every curve. Afterwards, chat with Terry and learn how to enhance your figure with lingerie. As you shop the line, enjoy mocktails, a dessert bar, bra fittings and a special celebrity guest appearance! Plus, receive a mini Urban Hydration at home spa therapy scrub with your qualifying purchase while supplies last. Terry of Urban Intimates is a 2011 graduate of The Workshop at Macy’s program, which aims to nurture and grow the next generation Psychelia Terry of minority- and female-owned retail business talent. For more information and how you can be part of it, visit macys.com/workshop. The event will take place in the Intimates Department on the store’s main level.
More than 225 people attended the twoday kickoff of an effort by housing groups to encourage the purchase and renovation of 7,500 metro Atlanta homes over five years in order to rebuild neighborhoods after the foreclosure crisis. A group advocating for the cause says that achieving that target would create jobs, help fill neighborhoods with homeowners and increase property values – without the use of local tax dollars. “We are thrilled at the initial response, which included 175 families who came out on a wet Saturday to tour homes at various stages of renovation,” said Derrick Duckworth, leader of Committed to Communities, a group of realtors, lenders and non-profits. “The time is right for purchase and renovation. The rebound of the housing market has inventories at early ‘90s levels, and builders have returned. Competition is getting fierce.” Included in the call to action were the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and Resources for Residents and Communities, both network members of NeighborWorks America, along with Invest Atlanta and Lifecycle Building Center. Courtney Martin, a prospective homebuyer attending the kickoff, was encouraged. “After the event, I felt hopeful about my ability to purchase a home in the city,” said Martin. “As a teacher, I wasn’t sure if that would be possible. Now with this helpful information, I will seriously consider purchasing a home that needs renovation.”
“Purchase and renovation won’t cost local governments a cent, and it’s badly needed,” said John O’Callaghan, president and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership. “Despite a 40 percent improvement since the depth of the recession, Atlanta still has the dubious distinction of having the fifth highest vacancy rate among major cities, and Georgia was No. 5 in the nation in foreclosures last year.” The most common way to purchase and renovate homes is through what are known as 203(k) loans, guaranteed by the federal government and known by their HUD designation. With one mortgage, buyers can buy the home and obtain financing for renovation to meet their specific needs. A down payment of 3.5 percent is required and with today’s low mortgage rates the loan is simpler and often more affordable than separate purchase and construction loans. “Sustainability of our housing stock is another important reason to consider purchase and renovation,” said Jill Arrington, CEO of Resources for Residents and Communities. “The loans may take a little more time, but with the federal guarantee and low down payment, and the chance to get exactly the home you want, they’re worth it.” Visit atlantadailyworld.com to read this article in its entirety.
Atlanta Students have Something to BRAG About Atlanta’s association with celebrity and style is giving rise to the city having a more prominent presence in the fashion and retail industries. To meet the growing demand for executives of color in key positions and enhance retailers’ diversity programs, the Black Retail Action Group offers guidance and mentoring to minority high school and college students as well as young professionals of color who are interested in careers in this popular business arena. Jerrell Barnes of Clark Atlanta University, Cornell England of Morehouse College, Jalisa Jones of Spelman College and Marcus Riggs of Georgia State University, Jamie Williams of Spelman College along with Atlanta natives Ade Lawal of Columbia University and Jackson Willis of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University graduated from BRAG’s 2013 summer internship program. BRAG is a highly respected non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries The seven fashion conscious and business savvy students completed their internships with retail giants Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and will now join a roster of BRAG graduates making their mark with similarly prestigious companies. Former BRAG intern Alain Lafontant is the current vice president of Brand Development for Sean John. In 2013 BRAG placed 22 students from 9 universities. The scholarship and internship programs are essential components of the BRAG platform. Since 1975, over 1,100 interns have participated in the BRAG program.
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Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharell Sue Marvin Gaye Estate Over ‘Blurred Lines’ Song A lawsuit, which was reportedly filed recently in a California federal court, states the following: Marvin Gaye’s family is reportedly alleging that “Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up” sound very similar and the defendants are claiming ownership of the entire composition, as opposed to just a specific work. As far as Funkadelic’s song “Sexy Ways,” the suit also alleges similarities between the Thicke hit and the funk Marvin Gaye classic. The plaintiffs, however, claim that they do not see any similarities involving their song and the legendary hits. There are some who suggest that Gaye’s classic does suspiciously sound similar to Thicke’s song, like New York Times critic Jon Caramanica, who in his Aug. 2 column noted the following: ‘Blurred Lines’ is influenced heavily by Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up,’ and even with
the producer Pharrell Williams’s clean, large drums and a sizzling, naughty guest rap by T.I., Mr. Thicke can’t help himself — he loves yesterday way more than today.” Still, the lawsuit argues that “being reminiscent of a ‘sound’ is not copyright infringement’ and that “the intent in producing ‘Blurred Lines’ was to evoke an era” rather than a specific song. The trio is also hopeful that the Gaye family does not have a valid claim to “Got To Give It Up’s” copyright to claim
infringement. “Blurred Lines” has come under fire for its lyrics and video — both having been deemed sexist. Thicke has fired back at his critics defending the song, referring to it as “respectful” and one that was crafted to open up conversations about relationships between men and women.
Recording industry mega-stars Robin Thicke (from left), T.I. (Clifford Harris Jr.), and Pharrell Williams have reportedly come together to file a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music, which owns a few of Funkadelic’s compositions. The trio of artists, who perform and appear in the summer monster hit “Blurred Lines,” are accused of “copying” Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” in the song.
Affordable Care for Small Business Facts About Obamacare Georgia Sickle Cell Group Works to Break the Cycle Sickle Cell on Rise Among Newborns Atlanta Women’s Wellness Center Receives Grant
The Affordable Care Act: Attainable Coverage for Small Businesses By Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
America’s 28 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs and employing half of America’s workforce. From momand-pop stores and restaurants, to high-tech startups and productive manufacturers, over 900,000 small businesses are helping to drive Georgia’s economy and create jobs in our local communities. Many small business owners consider their employees to be part of their families, and providing benefits such as health care is one important tool they have to help retain their talented workforce and compete for skilled employees. But even though many businesses want to offer their workers health insurance, in the past they have often been unable to afford it, for reasons like steadily climbing rate increases and limited coverage. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to giving small business owners the resources they need to start and grow a business-including access to critical information about how the Affordable Care Act is opening up better health care options for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Under the Affordable Care Act, small employers will have more options than ever when it comes to health insurance. As these provisions continue to go into effect in the next several years, it’s important for small business owners to stay informed about what they need to do to comply with and take advantage of the Affordable Care Act. First, starting Jan. 1, 2014, small businesses with generally up to 50 full-time equivalent employees will be able to purchase health insurance through the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses, known as SHOP. The SHOP Marketplace will offer employers a choice of qualified health plans from different private health insurers and make it easier for employers to make side-by-side comparisons between these plans, based on price and benefits. SHOP also offers employers and their employees access to health insurance plans that must include a package of “Essential Health Benefits” like coverage for doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization and prescriptions. And many small employers may be eligible for tax credits of up to 50 percent of their premium costs if they choose to purchase coverage through SHOP. Enrollment starts on Oct. 1 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act calls on all employers that are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (generally, those firms that have at least one employee and at least
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Facts about Obamacare
Georgia Foundation Breaks the Sickle Cell Cycle through Knowledge, Help and Hope
Sickle Cell Anemia on Rise in Newborns Worldwide
By ADW Staff
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.
$500,000 in annual dollar volume of business), to notify their employees about the coverage options available to them through the health care Marketplace, whether or not the employer currently offers health coverage. Employers are Cassius Butts required to provide this notice to all current full-time and part-time employees by Oct. 1, as well as all new employees at the time of hire beginning Oct. 1. The Affordable Care Act allows small employers to offer health coverage in a way that makes sense for their businesses and works for their bottom line, and the SBA is committed to leveraging our resources and federal partnerships to connect you with the facts and resources you need to understand the law.
Coverage • Ends Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions for Children: Health plans can no longer limit or deny benefits to children under 19 due to a pre-existing condition. • Keeps Young Adults Covered: If you are under 26, you may be eligible to be covered under your parent’s health plan. • Ends Arbitrary Withdrawals of Insurance Coverage: Insurers can no longer cancel your coverage just because you made an honest mistake. • Guarantees Your Right to Appeal: You now have the right to ask that your plan reconsider its denial of payment. Costs • Ends Lifetime Limits on Coverage: Lifetime limits on most benefits are banned for all new health insurance plans. • Reviews Premium Increases: Insurance companies must now publicly justify any unreasonable rate hikes. • Helps You Get the Most from Your Premium Dollars: Your premium dollars must be spent primarily on health care – not administrative costs.
September Is National Sickle Cell Month September is National Sickle Cell Month. Since 1971, the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Inc. has stood as a place of hope for victims of sickle cell and other abnormal hemoglobin. Generous supporters, a dedicated staff, a dynamic board, and caring volunteers make the foundation and all of its programs and services possible. Each donation, no matter how large or small, carries a sickle cell patient one step further to breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle. The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Inc. was established in 1971 by two Atlanta physicians — Dr. Delutha H. King Jr. and the late Dr. Nelson McGhee Jr. The friends organized the Georgia Foundation one year before the national Sickle Cell Disease Association of America was founded. Deb McGhee-McCrary is the current chief executive officer, who leads the organization day-to-day and executes the strategic vision of the board, led by Verna Cleveland.
D. Jean Brannan, who retired as president and COO in 2012, served at the helm for most of the organization’s 40-plus years. The foundation also boasts a veteran staff. Most have devoted their careers to sickle cell patients — some for over 25 years. The foundation owns its office building at 2391 Benjamin E Mays Dr. in southwest Atlanta in the heart of the community. Other assets include a Mobile Laboratory, a licensed clinical laboratory, statewide reach, and a sterling reputation. The Sickle Cell Foundation is also green-friendly. As part of Sickle Cell Month activities, the Georgia Foundation will sponsor a Sickle Cell Health Professionals Workshop on Sept. 7 in Columbus, Ga., and a Go Healthy Community Run And Walk & Fitness Expo on Sept. 14 in College Park. For more information, visit http://www. sicklecellga.org, or call 404-755-1641.
Care • Covers Preventive Care at No Cost to You: You may be eligible for recommended preventive health services. No copayment. • Protects Your Choice of Doctors: Choose the primary care doctor you want from your plan’s network. • Removes Insurance Company Barriers to Emergency Services: You can seek emergency care at a hospital outside of your health plan’s network. For More Information • Read the Full Law • Find detailed technical and regulatory information on the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
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Sickle cell anemia is increasing worldwide, and more than 400,000 babies will be born with the hereditary blood disorder in 2050, according to a new study. In sickle cell anemia, red blood cells shaped like sickles, or crescent moons, can get stuck in small blood vessels around the body, blocking the flow of blood and oxygen. The number of newborns with the disease is likely to increase from about 305,800 in 2010 to about 404,200 in 2050, researchers determined, using estimated country rates of sickle cell anemia and information on projected birth rates.
What Is Sickle Cell Anemia? Sickle cell anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh) is the most common form of sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent.
Normal Red Blood Cells and Sickle Cells
Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin (HEE-muh-glow-bin). This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin or hemoglobin S. Sickle hemoglobin causes the cells to develop a sickle, or crescent, shape. Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. They tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage. It can also raise the risk for infection.
Data Source: Amendah DD, Mvundura M, Kavanagh PL, Sprinz PG, Grosse, SD. Sickle Cell Disease-Related Pediatric Medical Expenditures in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2010;(4S):S550-S556.
Figure A shows normal red blood cells flowing freely in a blood vessel. The inset image shows a cross-section of a normal red blood cell with normal hemoglobin. Figure B shows abnormal, sickled red blood cells blocking blood flow in a blood vessel. The inset image shows a cross-section of a sickle cell with abnormal (sickle) hemoglobin forming abnormal strands.
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The highly-anticipated college football between Help is on the way to Georgians in long history of connectingrematch people in reigning need of assistance enrolling in health Georgia with health insurance, ” saidnational champion insurance through the new Health Seedco Senior Vice President Ben Alabama and Insurance Marketplace, thanks to a $2.1 Thomases. “With our strong network Virginia Tech million grant from the U.S. Department of partners and an ambitious outreach is now a sellout. of Health and Human Services. strategy, we are ready to reach people Chick-fil-A A consortium of 15 partners, led by throughout Georgia with the informa-Bowl officials Seedco, will conduct outreach and edution they need to get insured. ” announced the game and teams have completely sold cation activities to help make Georgians As a consortium partner, theboth Center through their allotment of tickets for the aware of new health insurance options for Black Women’s Wellness will assist Georgia Dome showdown. and of the benefits of being insured. The funding from HHS by drawing upon its extensive experience in conducting “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting will support approximately 20 “navigators,” who will be culturally-appropriate outreach and education services trained to provide consumers with in-person assistance in to under-served populations. A Patient Navigator willtobe place play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is a culturally-competent manner, to inform consumers about trained and utilized to offer education, outreach, and to enrollgoing be very special,” said Virginia Tech the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, ment assistance to individuals seeking insurance through head coachthe Frank Beamer. Medicaid and the PeachCare for Kids and to help consumers Health Insurance Marketplace. Despite ticket allotments being sold select the health insurance option that is best for themselves In addition to the Center for Black Women’sout, Wellness, fans looking to get to the game still and their families. other partners include: Boat People SOS, Emory-Grady have great ticket package options available “The Center for Black Women’s Wellness is excited to Urban Health Initiative, Georgia Equality & The HealthPrimeSport, Inithrough the Chick-fil-A Kickoff collaborate with Seedco and this strong and diverse group tiative; Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, Georgia Game’s Official Ticket Exchange and VIP of partners to reach our shared goal of increasing access to Watch, Georgians for a Healthy Future, HealthyHospitality Mothers provider. healthcare for Georgia’s uninsured,” added Center for Black Healthy Babies Coalition, Jewish Family & Career“This Ser- is a nationally compelling matchWomen’s Wellness Chief Executive Officer Jemea Dorsey. vices, Latin American Association, Mental Health America up with two legendary coaches, passionate In addition, navigators will assist consumers in deterof Georgia, Parent to Parent, Quality Med-Carefan Inc., andand perennial top-10 teams in the bases mining if they are eligible for federal tax credits to subsidize Spring Creek Health Cooperative. country,” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President the cost of health insurance. Seedco is a national non-profit Seedco also has recently been awarded Navigator grants and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama this is organization that advances economic opportunity for people, in Maryland, New York and Tennessee, and will be working a chance to start another championship run, businesses and communities in need. with its networks of partners across all four states to share to make history and go for the three-peat. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to build on our best practices. For Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigger of a statement than knocking off number one.” The teams, who last met in 2009 when the #5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies 3424 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will face off again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to open the 2013 college football season. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began in 2008, the two matchups between Alabama and Virginia Tech (2009 Instead of clipping coupons, you can save instantly at and 2013) represent
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The Atlanta Falcons recently announced Club’s top priorities, and we are thrilled to that they are partnering with the Atlanta team up with the Atlanta Falcons to do just Track Club as part of their continued effort that through the Back to Football Run 5K to promote health and fitness in the Atlanta and Play 60 Fun Run,” said Sue Payne, Atcommunity. The organizations will host the lanta Track Club interim executive director. Back to Football Run 5K and Play 60 Fun “This event promises to be fun and exciting Run on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. at the for participants, especially Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome. fans.” “We are happy to partner with the Atlanta The Back to Football Run 5K is a run/ Track Club in this League wide initiative,” walk for ages 8 and older, while those ages 7 said Jim Smith, Falcons senior vice president and under can participate in the Play 60 Fun of sales and marketing. “We encourage and Run -- a 100-yard dash. The Back to Football support health and wellness and are excited Run will start outside of the Georgia Dome to give runners throughout Georgia an opand finish on the field’s 50 yard line. The Play 60 Fun Run will be held on the field. portunity to participate in the Falcons Back Afterwards, participants can celebrate to Football run.” their accomplishment at State Farm FalThe partnership between the Atlanta cons Landing, located between the Georgia Falcons and Atlanta Track Club is a natural fit, given both organizations’ commitment Dome and Philips Arena. Activities include to the community and volunteerism, as well interactive games, giveaways and appearancas to fighting childhood obesity by teaches by Freddie Falcon and the Atlanta Falcons ing youth the importance of a Cheerleaders. All participants will receive a healthy and active lifestyle. commemorative shirt from the event. Atlanta Track Club’s Registration for the Back to FootKilometer Kids youth ball Run 5K and Play 60 Fun Run running program is open through Wednesday, and the NFL Play Sept. 11 at 8:59 p.m. 60 programs aim Participants can register by to reach young visiting atlantatrackclub.org. people through The Georgia United schools in the At- basketball team recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to lanta community, sporting events and win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from online tools. left) Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles Beleyu, “Promoting health Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, Kennedy Minx-Rogers, and fitness the James Lewis,inDaviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, and coaches Tee Cofer, Rodney AtlantaScott community is Eric Ross. Lewis, Beleyu and one of Atlanta Track
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One hundred years after Lincoln signed the Proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. tried unsuccessfully to get President John F. Kennedy to issue a second one. That failure changed the course of history. By Taylor Branch and Haley Sweetland Edwards
delivered a copy to the White House personally. The cover letter said, “We ask that you proclaim all segregation statutes of all southern states to be contrary to the constitution, and that the full powers of your office be employed to void their enforcement.” The idea was to get the president to issue this second executive order on Sept. 22, 1962 -- the hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued after the Civil War battle of Antietam. How did Kennedy respond? He didn’t. Not even by private letter. A while later, when King received an invitation to a White House luncheon for the archbishop of Cyprus, he declined. The standoff turned into an understated duel of manners. For Kennedy, addressing segregation was a hornet’s nest. During his 1960 presidential campaign, Kennedy had promised action to reduce segregation wherever the powers of the federal government reached. He’d said he could end segregation in federally-subsidized public housing “with the stroke of a pen” -- in other words, without getting it through Congress. Once in office, however, he stalled. Meanwhile, excruciating dramas over segregation continued after the Freedom Rides in the summer of ‘61, which Kennedy said were embarrassing the United States. When Kennedy met with Premier Krushchev in Vienna, he said he had to endure criticism -- from the Soviets, of all people, who had no freedom! -- that America could not be free, judging by the way it treated its Black citizens. By September of 1962, it still took a lethal riot and a year’s occupation by 20,000 U.S. soldiers to secure the token integration of Ole Miss by its first Black student, James Meredith. So the September anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation came and went without note from the White House? This was a big disappointment to King, and a shock to King’s allies in Congress. King actually got them to write a letter saying that they’d understood the president was going to come to an event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 22. Their fallback plan was to goad the White House into action on Jan. 1, 1963, the 100th anniversary of the New Year’s Day on which the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. Toward that end, after months of lobbying, King delivered another draft of the second Emancipation Proclamation to the White House on Dec. 17, 1962. It was much shorter. By this point, he’d backtracked on asking the president to proclaim all the segregation laws null. Instead, this draft called only for the nation to celebrate the spirit and example of the Emancipation Proclamation throughout 1963, invoking Lincoln’s legacy behind President Kennedy. How did Kennedy react to that draft? It bounced around the White House for a bit -- but remember, this was December ‘62. Kennedy had just weathered the global threat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his administration was preoccupied with efforts to
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Marching for the Sake of Marching Does Not Inspire Change
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A Second Emancipation In October 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy took an after-lunch stroll through the elegant hallways of the White House residence. Their meeting that day was not official: it was not in the White House’s appointment book, and King had not been formally invited to discuss any sort of business. When the men passed the Lincoln Bedroom on their tour, King noticed the Emancipation Proclamation framed on the wall, and took the opportunity to raise, ever so delicately, the pressing issue of civil rights. King suggested something radical: a second Emancipation Proclamation, a proposal that would become the centerpiece of King’s lobbying campaign for the next year. Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning civil rights scholar and biographer of King, recently sat down with Washington Monthly editor Haley Sweetland Edwards and explained this idea, what happened next, and how Kennedy’s choice on the matter altered King’s thinking and the course of the Civil Rights Movement. How did the off-the-record meeting between King and Kennedy come about that October evening? The administration had summoned King to Washington for a meeting that day at the Justice Department, where officials insisted that one of his advisers was a dangerous communist subversive and that King had to get rid of him. King was still shaken by the demand when he went into the residence, not the West Wing, for his private meeting with the president. He was led upstairs to the residence for a private luncheon with President Kennedy and Jackie. Jackie’s presence was a signal to King that he couldn’t say anything political that would ruin the moment. They talked politely about their educations in Boston, their children, and that sort of thing. When they were walking down the hallway, King saw the Emancipation Proclamation hanging on the wall in the Lincoln Bedroom. It provided an excuse for him to bring up politics in a positive way -- to talk about the historic glow of Lincoln’s decision. King suggested that perhaps the president would consider issuing a second Emancipation Proclamation for January of 1963, on the 100th anniversary of the first one. Just as Lincoln had used an executive order to abolish slavery in the Southern states, King said, Kennedy could outlaw segregation. What happened after that conversation outside the Lincoln Bedroom? For the next six months, King and his lawyers drafted a second Emancipation Proclamation in Kennedy’s name. Then in May of 1962, when King was in Washington for a meeting to launch his Gandhi Society for Human Rights, he
free the Bay of Pigs prisoners still in Cuba. He just didn’t respond to the draft proclamation, and missed the Jan. 1 deadline, too. King realized he could no longer count on Kennedy to take leadership on civil rights. Nor could he bear any longer to let young people ---that is, college students, the Freedom Riders, the ones going to sit-ins and to jail -- bear the whole burden of raising the issue of segregation. He said southerners were rallying to the defense of segregation more strongly than supporters of the Brown [vs. Board of Education] decision were rallying to freedom. King felt they needed to change the climate of public opinion in their favor -- and that meant taking a risk. Would it be fair to say that Kennedy’s failure to embrace the second Emancipation Proclamation catalyzed a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement? King knew that Lincoln had issued the original Emancipation Proclamation in the middle of a war with lots of people dying. I think he realized that in order to get the president, or anyone, to act, what he had to do was go to Birmingham and essentially recreate those conditions -- not a full-fledged civil war, but something that dramatized the moral imperative of the segregation issue in America. Did Kennedy miss a major moral opportunity to do the right thing? It’s historically accurate to say that Kennedy was not the vanguard figure in civil rights that popular history makes him out to be. It’s also true, however, that his fears were probably justified. Had he issued an executive order against segregation through a second Emancipation Proclamation, it probably would have weakened his administration without accomplishing anything. Kennedy did finally go on television and propose a civil rights bill in June of 1963, but by that time demonstrations of sympathy for what had happened in Birmingham had broken out in hundreds of cities across the country. At that point, Kennedy didn’t have any choice but to calm the fires of protest before they consumed his government.
On Saturday, Aug. 24 the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network put on the “March to Realize the Dream.” The march was dubbed as a continuation of the original “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” that Martin Luther King and others put together almost 50 years ago. But, to be perfectly honest, had it not been for work I would not have been there. While marches on Washington are great, it is not clear to me that with some of the more dire problems facing this nation were going to be changed by walking along the National Mall on a hot August afternoon. This may have been a celebration of the past march, but it didn’t really feel like a continuation of the movement. The public’s appetite for public activism has actually increased over the last 10 years between wars, two Bush administrations and a crippling recession. There were old people, young people, families, church groups, Greek organizations and just about anybody else you can imagine that believed in the dreams and ideas put forth by Martin Luther King. All of this was pretty impressive, but as the day moved
from sweltering morning into a baking hot swampy D.C. afternoon I actually started to feel a little sad. I texted a few friends of mine telling them that something seemed to be ‘missing’ throughout the entire experience and I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was during the last couple of speakers that it finally dawned on me what was wrong. Martin Luther King’s son and youngest daughter spoke, and they were followed by Al Sharpton. It had the feeling of warm up acts preparing you for the big event. But, I was not in the least bit inspired. When the first March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in 1963, America was an apartheid nation. Unassailable laws oppressed and abused black people from all corners and any action taken against the government was essentially a death wish. The mere organization of the event was controversial. Within the civil rights community there was also disagreement. Malcolm X repeatedly pointed out how the entire affair was co-opted and subsidized by white liberals. Roy
Congressman John Lewis and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Wilkins of the NAACP and John Lewis of SNCC battled over the content of speeches, and marchers from all over the nation legitimately feared for their lives. Yet despite all of this, somewhere upwards of 250,000 people came, and simply being in a crowd of that many black folks, knowing that they had defied the federal government to even be there, was a huge inspiration. It will likely make the marchers feel good to commemorate that historic event, \but it would take marches like this every weekend, in every state legislature from Texas to South Carolina and Arizona and North Carolina and Georgia and Florida before anything gets done. The nation’s problems are far wider and deeper than they were 50 years ago, and the tools needed to move the lever of justice are more complicated than simply putting boots on the ground. To read this text in its entirety visit michiganchronicle.com
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Taylor Branch and Haley Sweetland Edwards collaborated on this article. Branch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who first wrote for the Washington Monthly in 1969. His new book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, is being published in January 2013. Haley Sweetland Edwards is an editor of the Washington Monthly. This article, is sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and was originally published by the Washington Monthly Magazine.
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My Part of the World
by George Curry
by M. Alexis Scott
ADW Has A Long History in The Struggle for Civil Rights
Marching Orders for the Future Now that we’ve had two events at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, it is important to remember a few things about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beyond his “I Have a Dream” speech. The question is always asked: What happens after the marches are over? Demonstrators left Washington, D.C. in 1963 determined to change the American landscape. Consequently, we had passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Those laws were passed not because of a speech in the nation’s capital, but because of the hard work and dedication of people at the local, state and national level to bring about change. While the “I Have a Dream” speech might have been Dr. King’s most popular oration, it was not his most substantive one. In 1963, Dr. King etched a prosaic picture of what America should look like in the future. But a far more important one was his “Mountaintop” speech, delivered in Memphis the night before he was assassinated. In that speech, Dr. King outlined a plan for economic empowerment and told us how to strengthen our institutions to accomplish that goal. He reminded us, “Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal.” Dr. King explained, “We don’t have to argue with anybody. We don’t have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don’t need any bricks and bottles, we don’t need any Molotov cocktails. We just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, ‘God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda—fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.” He urged us to “strengthen our Black institutions” by patronizing them. Instead of placing so much emphasis on what Dr. King said in 1963, we should look at what he was doing at the time of his death. He wasn’t trying to create a special commission or hold conferences on how to strengthen the middle class. He was organizing a Poor Peoples Campaign, a trek to Washington, D.C. to dramatize the urgent need to help the least among us. After President Lyndon B. Johnson shifted his focus from the War on Poverty to the war in Vietnam, Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) launched an effort in 1968 to seek economic justice for poor Blacks, Whites, Latinos and Native Americans. The idea was to have another March on Washington that
would force political leaders to address the issue of poverty. “We ought to come in mule carts, in old trucks, any kind of transportation people can get their hands on,” King said. “People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, ‘We are here; we are poor; we don’t have any money; you have made us this way… and we’ve come to stay until you do something about it.” SCLC continued the Poor People’s March after King’s death, erecting a tent city on the Mall. After six weeks, demonstrators were evicted. Today, the poor are still suffering. Poverty is defined as a family of four being able to live off of $23,021 a year. Today, a record 46.2 million people –15 percent of the U.S. population – are living in poverty. One of the goals of the 1963 March on Washington was a minimum wage that could lift a family of four out of poverty. They demanded that the minimum wage of $1.15 an hour be increased to $2 an hour. As a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) titled, “The Unfinished March: An Overview,” noted, “The inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage today is about $2.00 less than it was at its peak value in 1968.” Worse than living on below-poverty wages is to have no job at all. “Even when the national unemployment rate has been low, the African-American unemployment rate has been high,” the EPI report stated. “For example, in 2000, when the national unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, and the non-Hispanic white unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, the unemployment rate of non-Hispanic blacks was still 7.6 percent. Put another way, even when the economy was booming in 2000, the black unemployment rate was still higher than the national unemployment rate during recessions.” When he was assassinated, Dr. King was helping organize garbage workers in Memphis. He was not dreaming because he was not asleep. We honor him by continuing his work, not by merely continuing to recite his “I Have a Dream” speech. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.
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OK, so Paul Delaney, one of the founding members of the National Association of Black Journalists and a former Atlanta Daily World reporter, was right on one count about Black newspapers not covering the Civil Rights Movement. On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Aug. 25, he said “Black papers, of course, did not have the resources, the money, the staff to adequately cover the movement. They did the best they could.” On this point, I agree. In reference to his time as a reporter for ADW, he said, “The Atlanta Daily World was against the movement … The owners were part of the Black establishment …they, in coordination with the downtown power structure, wanted to keep Atlanta cool.” Granted I was 11 in 1960 when Delaney was a reporter, so I can’t rebut his comments, but I do think he mischaracterized the ADW position. It wasn’t that the ADW was against the Civil Rights Movement. On the contrary, from its beginnings it challenged Jim Crow segregation laws. It was more that the ADW publisher was against the massive street movement for civil rights, particularly by young college-age students. From its beginnings 85 years ago, ADW pushed for equality: equal pay for Black vs. White teachers, desegregation of buses and access to public parks, among other unjust laws. The difference is that it did all this through its support of lawsuits in the court system. The paper clearly stated its belief that segregation was unconstitutional. Now, Paul went on to say that, “Yes, [ADW] was against the movement, very strongly against the movement. They thought the youngsters would upset the apple cart that they had planted in Atlanta.” OK, Paul, I’ll give you this angle. In retrospect, it was clear that there was a generational and philosophical shift afoot. My great uncle C.A. Scott was more a contemporary of M. L. King Sr., aka “Daddy King,” than of MLK Jr. And it was well reported by the street committee that Daddy King didn’t want his son coming into Atlanta making trouble. It was old guard versus new guard. The Black and White old guard worked together to accomplish many things like hiring the first Black police officers in 1948, desegregating the public schools in 1961 and the court abolishment of the county unit system, which led to the election of Leroy Johnson to the state senate in 1962 — making him the first African American to serve in the state legislature since 1907. But the young folk who led the student movement – including Julian Bond and Lonnie King of Morehouse College – had no patience for the slow pace of the justice system. They wanted change, too, and they wanted it right then. And finally, there was one other important color involved. It was the color green. White businesses
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were embarrassed by the protests. They didn’t want the boycotts, sit-ins and ugly confrontations to tarnish the reputation of Atlanta as the “city too busy to hate.” So, some of these businesses put pressure on ADW to curtail the students via threat of pulling their advertising from the paper. This put my great uncle in between a rock and a hard place. He came down on the side of not siding with the young folk, a moral dilemma, much like the one faced by President John F. Kennedy highlighted in this week’s “Race in America” segment. C.A. needed his advertisers and Kennedy needed the Southern Democrats (or Dixiecrats as they came to be known) to get re-elected. So it’s really a complicated story. I’ve known and admired Paul Delaney and his career since I was a kid. And I can assure you that ADW has a long history of support for equal rights and civil rights. The evolution of the movement continues and so does ADW’s dedication to shedding truth and light about our struggle for freedom and justice for all. M. Alexis Scott succeeded C.A. Scott as publisher of the Atlanta Daily World in 1997.
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