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Volume 85 • Issue 53
City, Friendship Church agree ‘in principle’ to $19.5 Million Sale Mt. Vernon still out in deal to build new Falcons Stadium
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made it clear this week that if he has his way, the Atlanta Falcons will soon be playing in a new stadium south of the Georgia Dome. At a Tuesday, Aug. 6 press conference at Atlanta City Hall, Reed announced a deal in principle for the city to buy Friendship Baptist Church for $19.5 million in the event that the south site is selected for the new stadium. Reed also emphatically declared his support to continue negotiations with Mount Vernon Baptist Church to make the proposed south site a reality. “When we’re done we’re gonna have a stadium that I believe is gonna be the best in the world,” he said. “But it needs to be in a place that is sustainable, that is not gonna add traffic and congestion.” Reed said that no city funds would be used and that the Falcons would finance the full cost of acquiring Friendship Baptist. That deal has been agreed to in principle, but both Reed and Lloyd Hawk, chairman of the board of trustees for Friendship, admitted that the sale still had one major hurdle to overcome – getting a majority yes vote from Friendship’s 400-member congregation. “We’re happy to be at this milestone, but we also understand that for our church, the congregation must have the chance to discuss this and make their opinions heard and then make the final decision,” Hawk said. “I think any time you do a situation like this, you’re gonna have opinions on the entire spectrum of those for and against. But we believe that we would not have come together [on] this point if we did not have a proposal that the church is gonna be able to embrace and move forward with.” Friendship and Mount Vernon are both located in the area of the proposed south site for the stadium, which is at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Northside Drive. Reed said that he has continued to push for the south site because of its proximity to two MARTA stations and the Georgia World Congress Center.
“I wanted everybody to know where I stand in no uncertain terms,” Reed said. “I think I’ve done enough in this process to ask that they try harder, because that’s what folks asked me to do.” So far only the Georgia World Congress Center has been in talks with Mount Vernon, but Reed said he would begin speaking to the church’s pastor soon and that he had enlisted the help of former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young “as a person who facilitates the conversation” between Mount Vernon and the GWCC. The south site was thought to be “not feasible” as recently as last week when representatives from the Atlanta Falcons and the two churches were unable to come to an agreement. But after securing a deal with Friendship on Sunday night, Reed was adamant that all sides continue discussions even though the Aug. 1 deadline set by the team had come and gone. “I have taken as many scars and hits and bruises as anyone in this process and for us to impose an artificial deadline when a significant part of this transaction has been closed – the [Friendship agreement] – I don’t think makes sense,” Reed said. “We can walk and chew gum at the same time.” Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis, who was one of the majority yes votes in the Council’s 11-5 decision to approve the stadium, said that he was confident Reed, the GWCC and the Falcons could broker a deal. He suggested that options, such as finding additional revenue sources, were not off the table. “I don’t know how deep we’re gonna have to go to get Mount Vernon to be a part of this deal,” said Willis. “What I do know is if it means digging a little deeper and working a little harder that the mayor will do that .... If it means going into another pot of money to make it happen, I think you heard from the mayor that he believes the check needs to be written.”
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Black Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2009 By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent The unemployment rate for Blacks fell from 13.7 percent in June to 12.6 percent in July, the lowest jobless rate for Blacks since January 2009, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. Although economists warn against being too optimistic about one month’s jobs numbers, some economists found it unusual for the Black unemployment rate to fall more than a percentage point from June to July, as the jobless rate for Whites remained stagnant at 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 was 13 percent in June and 12.5 percent in July. The jobless rate for White men over 20 was 6.2 percent in June and rose slightly to 6.3 percent in July. The unemployment rate for Black women over 20 plummeted from 12 percent in June to 10.5 percent in July. The jobless rate for White women over 20 dipped from 6 percent to 5.8 percent over the same time period. The national unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent in June to 7.4 percent in July and the economy added 162,000 jobs. Analysts at the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on the needs of low- and middle-income workers, estimate that it will take at least six years to reach full employment at this rate of job creation. Despite falling more than a percentage point, the jobless rate for Blacks is still nearly double the unemployment rate for Whites, a troubling statistic that has persisted for 50 years. According to EPI, “The average unemployment rate for Blacks over the past 50 years, at 11.6 percent, is considerably higher than the average rate during recessions of 6.7 percent. In only one year (1969), did the Black unemployment rate dip slightly below the recession average to 6.4 percent. Thus, over the last 50 years, the Black unemployment rate has been at a level typical for a recession or higher.” William Darity, a professor of economics and African and African-American studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C. said, “The racial unemployment gap is a direct index of discrimination.” In an effort to combat the inherent discrimination that exists in hiring and employment practices in the job market, Darity has long advocated for a federally-funded program called the “National Investment Employment Corps,” that guarantees a job for every American 18 years or older. Darity said that the federal job guarantee proposal doesn’t presume that the reason why so many Black people are out of work is because there is something wrong with them.
‘The Butler’ Director Discusses Whites’ Use of the N-Word at NABJ
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17th Annual Speaking to reporters at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Orlando, Fla., Oscar nominated-director Lee Daniels (“Precious,” “The Butler”), said that it is possible for White people — particularly in the Deep South — to “really love” Black people and still call them “n-----s.” Delving into the “strategic” use of the n-word in “The Butler,” as it was used by former President Lyndon B. Johnson Lee Daniels against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Daniels opined that obvious displays of racism can be misleading: “For me, it was very strategic,” Daniels told a group of reporters at NABJ. “When we did use it, it was used later on by Cuba [Gooding Jr., as the head butler] making fun of someone that did use it, Lyndon Johnson. It was sort of the joke that this guy uses it. So when he says it and talks about, it opens up — like Paula Deen — the concept of White people loving us and really loving us and feeling that it’s fine to use the word ... That’s how Johnson felt. He did something that was
incredible for us. That’s trying to be taken away from us right now. And yet, he used that word just like ‘pass the grits.’ Racism is a very hard thing to explain, especially in the South.” Popular personality and celebrity cook, Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network and lost countless endorsements over her use of the word “n----s” and her plantation fantasy of planning a wedding reception with Black men serving food dressed as Antebellum slaves. The incident opened up an interesting and often contentious debate on racism in America. Scholars, pundits and critics debated whether White people -- conditioned by slavery, Jim Crow and supremacy in general -- should not be considered racist for saying the n-word. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton are two high-profile civil rights leaders who publicly supported Deen. “The Butler,” which stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, opens Aug. 16.
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Special Photo Youth from the city’s summer day camp program “Camp Best Friends,” pose for the camera at the city and V-103 Radio-sponsored back to school rally at the Adamsville Recreation Center on Aug. 3. The City of Atlanta and V-103 welcomed hundreds of kids to the Adamsville Recreation Center on Aug. 3 to participate in a day of fun and learning at the Tools for School: Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic. The event included swimming, football and cheerleading clinics, a school supply and book drive for the youth enrolled in the Centers of Hope afterschool program, and V-103 personality Greg Street’s “We Need to Read” initiative. “The Tools for School: Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic helped ensure that hundreds of young people have the resources and tools to start a successful school year,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I am proud of the residents and community partners who answered the call to donate school supplies for our Centers of Hope afterschool program.” During the event, the Department of Parks and Recreation showcased its fall activities and programs. Parks and Recreation staff were onsite to register kids for the City’s fall programming, including football, cheerleading, swimming, fitness classes and the Centers of Hope afterschool program. “Saturday was a great day for many kids in Atlanta,” said George Dusenbury, commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “With the help of the Atlanta City Council and V103, we were able to collect school supplies and books for kids in this year’s Centers of Hope afterschool
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program. In addition to collecting school supplies, we had a great turnout for the swimming, football and cheerleading clinics led by the Parks and Recreation staff, and we all are looking forward to a successful fall season for the many programs and activities that the department offers for Atlanta’s residents and youth.” The Centers of Hope Books and School Supplies Drive was a week-long effort, culminating with a celebration at Adamsville Recreation Center. V-103 broadcasted live from the event with a DJ for participants to enjoy and provided giveaways. Several Atlanta City Councilmembers had an opportunity to address Atlanta’s children and families in a short program where V-103’s Greg Street introduced his “We Need to Read” program. Children also enjoyed face painting, Zumba, an obstacle course and a number of other activities. Lunch also was provided. “The Back to School Jam & Sports Clinic was a great opportunity for city leaders and V103 to offer positive, healthy activities for our youth to participate in,” said C.T. Martin, councilmember, District 10. “Through this collaboration, we also were able to collect school supplies for the many kids in the Centers of Hope program who need our help. Through the work that was done today, we know that many kids will start this school year off confident and ... more prepared.” Subscriptions: One Year: $52 Two Years: $85
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Clark Atlanta University Makes Forbes List of America’s Top Colleges Clark Atlanta University has been listed in the top 650 American colleges and universities by Forbes magazine. CAU ranks No. 625 and is one of only 16 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to make the list. “Given a still struggling American economy and a population of students who have traditionally been underserved, we are delighted for our inclusion in the Forbes list of top colleges,” said CAU President Carlton E. Brown. “Also, with our classification as a research institution, researchers in such areas as prostate cancer, nanotechnology and safe drinking water are steadfast in their work; and our stellar faculty members continue to demonstrate high expectations.” This year, which marks the university’s 25th anniversary, CAU qualified for the installation of two national honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Eta Sigma is the first and largest honor society devoted to the achievement of the first-year college student.
CAU is only the third HBCU with a chapter. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, and the university is the first private HBCU to be granted a chapter. “These societies will serve as new platforms for the pursuit of academic excellence to prepare our students for global responsibility,” said Brown. In its sixth year of producing the list of top schools, Forbes has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Forbes looked at factors that directly concern today’s incoming students (and their parents) who will be responsible for tuition and loan payments: Will my classes be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job and be a leader in my chosen profession? The complete listing of top colleges and universities can be found at Forbes.com.
White Student forms White Student Union at Georgia State Associated Press
Six students have complained after seeing fliers around Georgia State University’s campus advertising a new informal student club known as the “White Student Union,” school officials said. Freshman Patrick Sharp, 18, said he started the club so that students of European and Euro-American descent can celebrate their shared history and culture. Members can also discuss issues that affect White people, such as immigration and affirmative action, he said. “If we are already minorities on campus and are soon to be minorities in this country, why wouldn’t we have the right to advocate for ourselves and have a club just like every other minority?’’ Sharp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http:// bit.ly/19xKRfU). “Why is it when a White person says he is proud to be White, he’s shunned as a racist?’’
The newspaper reported that Whites comprise 38 percent of Georgia State’s student body, followed by Blacks at 35 percent, Asians at 12 percent and Latinos at 7 percent. Sharp, who is from Birmingham, Ala., and enrolled at the Atlanta school this summer, said any student can join the group and that he would work with other clubs -- such as the Black Student Alliance -- on common issues. Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Covey said despite the complaints, the group is within its rights to exist and speech is protected regardless of whether someone finds it offensive. Although the group isn’t officially sponsored by the school, it still has the right to meet in common areas, Covey said. Sharp said he doesn’t plan to seek official status for the group.
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Who’s Who in Black Atlanta® Names City of Atlanta Issues Moratorium Stacii Jae Johnson Associate Publisher for Temporary Parking Lots
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Who’s Who Publishing 3+ years. She served as a Company, the nation’s largest representative and speaker annual directory publishon various panels relating to er focusing on the AfriAtlanta and the importance can-American market, recently of the film/television, fashion, announced Stacii Jae Johnson and music industries to the as the new Associate Publisher city’s urban community and for the 15th edition of Who’s economy. Who In Black Atlanta®. “Atlanta is known throughCarter D. Womack, out the world for its opportuChief Operating Officer of nity and its people,” Johnson Who’s Who Publishing notes, said. “It is a place where Black “Johnson’s remarkable ability folks get the chance to build to build relationships and her their lives BIG. As associate desire to acknowledge indipublisher of the 15th edition of Stacii Jae Johnson viduals that are impacting the Who’s Who In Black Atlanta, I community are in alignment am committed to highlighting with Who’s Who company goals and objecthe BEST of the BEST in Atlanta. tives and we are pleased to have her join our “This edition will also highlight those team as the new associate publisher.” emerging leaders who are essential to AtJohnson is a well known political and lanta’s continued growth. I am honored to entertainment influencer. She is an accompartner with Real Times Media and Who’s plished business strategist, program develWho to produce a publication celebrating oper, fundraiser, and professional actor with the achievements of black people in Atlanta,” more than 15 years of experience. Known as she said. the “social secretary of the south,” Johnson Atlanta Daily World is also a part of the was a top advisor and member of Mayor Real Times Media family of publications. Kasim Reed’s executive leadership team for
The City has placed a moratorium on issuing temporary parking lot permits in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood to allow for a review of the regulations that govern temporary parking lots in that area. The 180-day moratorium, which went into effect July 24, will close a dozen temporary parking lots off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and McDaniel Street between Northside Drive, Whitehall Street, and Spring Street. The review process may not take the entire 180 days and the moratorium could be lifted sooner. Councilmembers Michael Bond, Kwanza Hall, Ivory Lee Young, Jr., and Cleta Winslow sponsored the legislation. “We encourage those visiting the Georgia Dome and the surrounding area to seek parking options at the venue, at an established permanent parking facility, or consider alternative modes of transportation such as public transit,” said Councilman Bond. “We appreciate the patience of residents and visitors as we seek to modify and refine regulations for temporary parking facilities in the interest of public safety.” Parking authorities will tow vehicles for parking in the affected lots as well as vehicles parked in no parking tow zones where
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there is a tow sign present. PARKatlanta and Atlanta police will also enforce residential permit parking in Castleberry Hill and Vine City. Vehicles parked on any sidewalk will also be towed. Atlanta police will patrol the area – enforcing the moratorium against those who attempt to illegally open up and charge for parking on these lots. The moratorium does not apply to Friendship Baptist Church located at 437 Mitchell Street. For more information, visit www.atlantaga.gov or www.parkatlanta.org
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Atlanta moms joined Lucy McBath, a mother who lost her son, Jordan Davis, to gun violence, for a back-to-school phone bank on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The group of moms organized to urge Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Sen. Johnny Isakson to “take another look” at their votes against background checks on gun purchases. McBath’s 17-year-old son, Jordan, was shot and killed last year by 46-year old Michael Dunn, after an argument about loud music escalated. The incident took place outside weaknesses and loopholes in gun laws.” of a Jacksonville, Fla. gas station. During the phone bank, mothers called other Atlanta-area mothers to discuss how background checks proposed in the Manchin-Toomey bill can keep kids safe. They asked those they called to contact the offices of both senators and urge them to change
––their votes. Chambliss and Isakson were among state congressional leaders who voted against bipartisan legislation proposed by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin that would have imposed stricter background checks and make it more difficult to get weapons around the nation. Recent independent polls indicate that 91 percent of Georgians support background checks for all gun buyers. The event was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of mayors and gun control advocates with the stated goal of “protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable, demanding access to crime gun trace data that law enforcement uses to combat gun trafficking and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in gun laws.”
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Floyd County Productions, the company responsible for producing the award-winning comedy show “Archer,” is moving to Atlantic Station. The animated spy series, created by Adam Reed, stars a lengthy list of popular actors, including Aisha Tyler, H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter and more. Floyd County Productions will relocate from its current location on Zonolite Road in Atlanta’s warehouse district, to a two-story, 12,000-square-ft. space in Building 17 in Atlantic Station. The decision to move was influenced in part by Atlantic Station’s amenity offerings. Reed conceived the show’s concept while walking along the Via de la Plata in 2008. The inspiration behind Archer came to Reed while in a cafe in Salamanca, Spain. Finding himself unable to approach a beautiful woman seated nearby, Reed conjured up the idea of a spy who “would have a perfect line.” The show’s premise is based on a loosely Bond-like secret agent whose self-serving behavior is often counter-productive to mission accomplishment. The company, founded by Reed and partner Matt Thompson, employs 110 artists whose median age is 25. The FX network renewed “Archer” for a fifth season.
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The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Announces Preseason All-Conference Team
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The Atlanta Dream’s home game, “Dream Pink” event, on Aug. 24 against the Chicago Sky, will be nationally televised by ESPN2, the team recently announced. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. ET at Philips Arena. The WNBA Dream partners with Grady Health System to increase awareness surrounding breast health. Among the activities surrounding the game will be a silent auction at game time and a live auction immediately following the contest that includes players on the home team donning pink jerseys. All proceeds from the auctions will benefit Grady Health System and their efforts. The game will feature the top two teams in the Eastern Conference who combined for five All-Star selections this season. Chicago currently leads the East with a 13-6 record, while Atlanta sits one game back at 11-6. The Dream defeated Chicago in the only previous meeting between the teams this season, earning an 88-74 victory on June 16 in Philips Arena.
The matchup will also include three of the five players voted in as starters for the Eastern Conference for the 2013 All-Star Game, including Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry and Chicago’s rookie sensation Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince. In addition, the Dream’s Erika de Souza and the Sky’s Sylvia Fowles represented the East as reserves at the All-Star Game.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recently announced the Preseason All-Conference Team. The SIAC Football Coaches Association unanimously voted Tuskegee University as the top team in the West Division, as well as the favorite to win the 2013 SIAC Championship. The Golden Tigers received 5 out of 6 first place votes in front of 2011 SIAC Champion Miles College which was selected to finish second in the conference rankings. Stillman College follows in third place with Lane College selected as the fourth place team, followed by Kentucky State University and SIAC newcomer Central State University. Led by senior running back and 2012 SIAC Player of the Year Derrick Washington, Tuskegee went 11-2, with the only blemish resulting from a 28-13 loss to Elizabeth City State University in the Pioneer Bowl. The Golden Tigers return 16 starters, including 13 All-SIAC Preseason selections, from a team that finished 7-0 against conference opponents in route to claiming the program’s 29th SIAC Championship. In the East Division, Albany State was selected to finish as the top team, followed by last year’s East Division Champion Fort Valley State University. After the coaches picked Morehouse College to finish third, Benedict and Clark Atlanta, were voted to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Headlining the All-Conference team, Miles’ redshirt-senior quarterback David Thomas, who threw for over 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, is cited to lead the program to its first Division II playoff
appearance in school history. His teammate running back Floyd Graves, the SIAC’s top returning rusher, and Kentucky State’s Justin Williams were picked as the top running backs. Another Golden Bears player Antonio Pitts and Albany State’s Jessie Atkins were selected at receiver positions, while Zach Thomas, a sophomore from Central State University, who put up big numbers as a freshman was named to the team at tight end. Tuskegee’s Devonte Jones and Christopher Tolbert, paired with Morehouse’s Drew Wilkins and Richard Washington, are the first team offensive linemen. On defense, SIAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American LeRon Furr from Fort Valley State highlights the group of first team linebackers. Joining Furr, is Tuskegee’s top tackler Quavon Taylor and Clark Atlanta’s Bernard Williams. Stillman’s Peter Dele, Morehouse’s Clarence Christian, Benedict’s Devin Gainer, and Bernard Little, also from Fort Valley State, were named as first team players. The Fort Valley State trio of Duron Furr, Thomas “Trey” Wolfe and Tracey White, in addition to Albany State All-American, Dexter Moody headline the heralded group of defensive backs. On special teams Benedict’s Eduardo Hernandez and Morehouse punter Temitayo Agoro were the first team selections, while the always dangerous Thomas Williams of Morehouse and Stillman’s Dondre Purnell were voted as first team return specialists. Overall, Tuskegee led the conference with 13 preseason selections, followed by Miles with nine players.
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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in an 11-part series on Race in America -- Past and Present, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation. It has been edited for space considerations.
The Next Affirmative Action Want to help minority college students?
Make the entire higher education system more accountable. By Kevin Carey
Affirmative action as we know it is dying. A growing number of states have moved to prohibit public universities from considering race in admissions, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently made a decision in an anti-affirmative action lawsuit that left little doubt about where the Court’s conservative majority stands. Less than a decade after the Court upheld racial admissions preferences in Grutter v. Bollinger, newer jurists like Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts seem ready to call into question and refuse to reaffirm a policy that has helped generations of minority students grab a rung on the ladder of opportunity. The Court’s decision to remand the case -- Fisher v. University of Texas -- to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit is apparently a temporary victory. It is particularly odious given the college admissions apparatus it could leave in place if ever struck down. Elite colleges warp and corrupt the meritocratic admissions process in a wide variety of ways. Academically substandard athletes, for example, are allowed in so they can play for the amusement of alumni and help shore up the fund-raising base. While some men’s football and basketball players come from low-income and minority households, many athletes at the highly selective colleges where affirmative action really matters engage in sports like crew and lacrosse that are associated with White, privileged backgrounds. Colleges also give preference to the children of legacies, professors, celebrities, politicians, and people who write large checks to the general fund. All of these groups are also disproportionately wealthy and White. But affirmative action is also dying because it has strayed far from its original purpose. The justification for affirmative action the Court used in Grutter is that schools have a compelling interest in increasing racial diversity because students benefit from learning among people from disparate backgrounds. Affirmative action, once a pillar of the nation’s work on behalf of the historically oppressed, is now allowable only on the grounds that it’s good for White people. This allowed Roberts to harangue lawyers defending the University of Texas’s affirmative action policies by asking them how much diversity, exactly, they were shooting for, knowing that any specific answer could be struck down as an illegal quota. Perpetual swing vote and de facto King of America Anthony Kennedy, meanwhile, made the sensible critique that UT was giving preference to wealthy minority students, since the university presumably gets more than enough of the poor kind through a state law granting automatic admission to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
Regardless of how the Court ultimately rules, it’s time to return affirmative action to its original purpose: leveling the college playing field for students who have been unjustly denied a fair chance at success. And the most important part of that project is expanding this idea far beyond elite colleges and universities. While Brown is the iconic 20th-century decision on race and educational justice, the 1954 decision was presaged by anumber of crucial legal actions in higher education. Unsurprisingly, states with racist elementary and secondary school policies also discriminated against Black students in their universities. In 1950, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall argued and won Sweatt v. Painter, which prohibited UT from forcing Black students into a separate law school. And like Brown, the promise of those early victories has been substantially unfulfilled. More than half a century after states were instructed to desegregate with “all deliberate speed,” the Justice Department still maintains a division of lawyers tasked with monitoring racial discrimination in public schools. (A DOJ headline from November 2012: “Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Georgia School District to Ensure All Students Can Enroll in and Attend School.”) And while public schools are no longer officially segregated, they are still governed by thousands of independent school districts that are substantially funded by local property taxes. Long-term residential and economic trends have made many of those districts impoverished and racially ho mogenous. As a result, minority students go to schools that on
average receive less funding than those serving predominantly White students and are more likely to be staffed by unqualified teachers. The same patterns persist in higher education. But here’s where the two parts of our education system sharply diverge. Both K-12 and higher education continue to suffer from a legacy of racism. There is enormous awareness of the elementary and secondary side of the problem. George W. Bush’s signature domestic policy achievement, the No Child Left Behind Act, was designed to erase the “achievement gap” between White and minority students, while the Obama administration’s Race to the Top school initiative was touted by both candidates in the recent presidential debates. There is currently a roiling national argument about K-12 school reform, with partisans and advocates arguing for and against standardized testing, charter schools, teacher merit pay, school closings, and many other policies aimed at fixing low-performing schools. Texas Southern University in Houston was once the Texas State University for Negroes -- the separate, unequal institution that the state created to avoid integration, leading to Sweatt. Today, it hosts the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and graduates 12 percent of its Black undergraduates on time. Nationwide, the majority of all Black and Latino college students fail to graduate within six years. Even those who do finish may not be getting much benefit. Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s blockbuster 2011 study Academically Adrift, which found “limited or no learning” taking place among a substantial percentage of all college graduates, also found significant racial disparities, with Black students learning less than their White peers. Studies of literacy among college graduates have found similar patterns. Black students are also more likely than other groups to default on student loans that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, leaving financial ruin in their wake, and minority students are targeted by for-profit colleges peddling sketchy degrees and inflated student loans. State governments, meanwhile, give far more money per student to flagship universities enrolling a disproportionately White, wealthy student body than to the regional universities and community colleges where most minority students are educated. By definition, affirmative action only affects the small percentage of students who are qualified to attend elite schools. Many of the minority students washing out of public universities in droves are the survivors of our infamously substandard K-12 schools, attending local, open-admissions institutions. Their problem isn’t getting into college -- it’s getting out with a quality degree in hand and no terrible loans on their backs. States need to start practicing financial affirmative action by devoting more public resources to colleges that enroll students with the greatest academic needs. Along with the federal government, they should also penalize institutions with terrible graduation rates, student loan repayment rates, and post-graduation employment and earning rates, compared to peers with similar student populations. Those who set the national education agenda need to look past the handful of universities that graduate the ruling class and focus on improving the neglected institutions that educate future minority school teachers, scientists, doctors, and engineers. It will require the work of generations, but that’s what minority college students -- blinkered jurists notwithstanding -- truly need. Kevin Carey is the director of the Education Policy program at the New America Foundation. This article, the fourth of an 11-part series on race, is sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and was originally published by the Washington Monthly Magazine.
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Family and friends gathered July 29 at First Congregational Church to remember the life of Clara Yates Hayley, a long-time Atlanta educator who died July 22 at age 87. Ambassador Andrew Young eulogized her as a member of a strong generation of African Americans who made Atlanta the progressive city that it is today. “They were educated and committed to serve,” Young said. They along with the few progressive Whites were able to work together to make Atlanta grow and change, he said. Hayley’s daughter, Clara H. Axam, and two grandsons were among those paying tribute to Hayley, who served as a teacher for students and teachers for more than 30 years in the Atlanta Public School System. Axam said her mother was a great teacher without being a preacher. “She taught by example,” Axam said. “She rarely lectured. She showed you what was the right thing to do.” A native Atlantan, Clara Yates Hayley was born to Clayton R. Yates and Mae Maxwell Yates on May 12, 1926. She grew up adoring her older brother, Clayton R. Yates Jr. (who preceded her in death) and enlisting a sister she adopted, 0llivette Allison (who preceded her in death) as her partner in crime. Hayley taught every grade from kindergarten to 7th, but her heart was kindergarten. Asked why, she said the little ones were full of imagination and wonder and always challenged her creativity. When she discovered that one of her fifth graders had somehow managed to slide through the system without learning to read, she put her family to work every evening creating an illustrated comic strip of the student’s favorite super heroes, Batman and Robin, laced with “Wham!” “Bam!” “Pow!” “Zap!” to teach her to read.
In the latter years of her career, Hayley created the Atlanta Public School system’s first in-service professional development program in reading and math. She found a new joy in helping teachers improve their teaching skills. When the schools threatened to close their doors rather than desegregate in the late ‘60s, Clara was among the leadership of Black teachers who prepared to open a school to continue the education of Black students. Hayley’s grandfather, Leigh Maxwell, was a Congregational minister, and she followed in his footsteps, speaking as a young woman for the International Sunday School Association and, for many years, serving as a devoted Sunday school teacher. Many never knew that Hayley was an accomplished classical pianist. She and her childhood friend, Mattiwilda Dobbs, trained together at a time when lessons were conditioned on reporting to the home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor through the backdoor. She loved music so much, there was only one thing that could interrupt her potential career path -- James Reece Hayley -- whom she loved, and married in 1948. They became the proud parents of two children, Clara Lenore Hayley (Axam) and James R. Hayley Jr. (Pete). Hayley, a fabulous cook, learned at the elbow of her blind great-grandmother, who cooked everything by feel. Her family was spoiled with fresh bread for every meal and never experienced canned or frozen vegetables. She was an avid reader and bridge player. Her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and the many children she adopted along the way often sought her out for advice. She could keep a secret, so you could tell her
anything. And when you were done telling your story, you could count on her to tell it like it was. She always had some practical advice, even when you didn’t want to hear it -always delivered with a hug and followed up with plenty of love to see you through the crisis. Besides her daughter, Hayley leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her son Pete Hayley (Denise); eight grandchildren: Tony Axam Jr. (Hilary), Necole McGhee, Cinque Axam (Mellonee), Tasha M. Axam, Jaren H. Cameron, Dana Hayley, Kaci Axam and Jay Stallings; eleven great-grandchildren: Michael Cameron Jr., Tyler Axam, Chiloh Cameron, Trajan Axam, Alexis Stallings, Jamison Cameron, Jonah Axam, Parker Axam, Layla Axam, Empress Hayley, and Treysen Cameron. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Spelman College or to First Congregational Church, UCC.
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Good reasons to ENSure teens have jobs for the summer
Where you are born truly matters Over the last few days I’ve been thinking deeply about an article that appeared in The New York Times on In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters. More specifically, I’ve been lamenting the fact that our city, Atlanta, holds the dubious distinction of being one of the cities where it is least likely that a child born into poverty has a chance to ever realize the American dream. Only 4% of children in Atlanta born into a family with income of less than $25,000 a year will rise to become part of our community’s middle-class. This horrendous disparity is compounded in Atlanta where over 30% of children live in poverty. The plight of these children, and their denial of opportunity, contradicts in the most visceral way our posture as a community ‘too busy to hate’ and a community that is touted as the mecca of opportunity and equity in the South. As I began to contemplate “why,” I realized that the true question is not why are children in our community, who are born into poverty, forever destined to remain in poverty. The real question is why do we as a community, when faced with the opportunities and choices, continuously choose to fail to address the conditions that sentence impoverished children, and their children’s children, to intergenerational lifetimes of poverty. Unfortunately, our failure to remediate the conditions that perpetuate poverty are deeply rooted in our misperceptions and beliefs about poor people and their complicity and/or willingness to transcend the impoverished conditions that envelope their lives. However, as highlighted in the article and supported by the study’s data, where a child and her family reside and the conditions that surround them are the most predictive factors of her likely economic future and opportunity. In addition to whether she was born into a two-parent household, her access to high performing educational institutions; whether she lives in a mixed-income neighborhood; and whether the residents in her city are civically engaged, are the constructs of her path from poverty to prosperity and economic mobility. This probability and potential is emphasized by the study’s finding that children who moved from a city like Atlanta, where the chances of mobility from poverty are slim to none, to a city where mobility from poverty to higher income brackets is more likely, almost did as well economically as children who spent their entire childhood in cities with high mobility. Without a doubt, where you are born in this country truly matters. We are not only our brothers’ keeper; we are the solution to our brothers’
distress. We can be the architects of opportunity and potential for children in our community to rise out of poverty and we can ensure that children where we live have the opportunity to achieve success. The study confirms what many of us know; that each and every one of us individually, and all of us collectively, can impact the lives of the children around us and their opportunities to be successful. It simply requires us to have the will and commitment to address those conditions that sentence children to a lifetime of poverty. Clearly, as highlighted in the article, if we would commit to justice and equity in our education system; ensure access to affordable and safe housing; the ability to attain employment that pays a true living wage; and access to reliable transportation, children who now live in poverty will not only have an opportunity to climb the ladder of success, there would actually be a ladder to prosperity for their families and, ultimately, our entire community will be forever enriched. Kim Anderson is CEO of Families First in Atlanta.
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What did you do during your summer vacation? For many teenagers, the answer to that all too often does not include a job. Despite growth in the overall job market, one out of every seven young people is not in school or working. In Georgia, the teen jobless rate is 32 percent, according to Employment Policies Institute figures − the third worst rate in the country. That’s one reason Bank of America launched its Summer Youth Employment Initiative (SYEI) in a partnership with Mayor Kasim Reed and other mayors around the U.S. The program provides at-risk teens with job opportunities at local nonprofits and businesses during the summer. The partnership is now in its second year, with more than 1,050 teens placed in paid jobs in 2013. SYEI provides students with vital workforce development opportunities during a time when U.S. teen unemployment remains the highest of any working group at 24.1 percent. In Atlanta, 50 young people have been hired to work in nonprofits around the city through the $100,000 grant to the mayor’s office. In addition, Bank of America has partnered with nonprofit organizations in 13 cities across the country to support the 2013 Consumer Summer Intern Program. This initiative provides more than 130 high school seniors − 12 of whom are in Atlanta − an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a professional environment while educating customers on financial wellness activities and convenient banking options. Teens continue to have the highest unemployment rate of any working group. Through SYEI and the internships, students are receiving more than just a paycheck. They are getting skills that translate into better-paying jobs in the future. Research indicates that teens who are gainfully employed have lower dropout rates, are more likely to continue their education toward long-term career goals and ultimately show an increase in lifetime earning potential. Additionally, especially for immigrants and low-income families, additional income from a young person’s job is often necessary for a family to meet its basic needs. Local nonprofits will also benefit from the summer teen jobs initiative. The 2013 Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector survey reports that 85 percent of nonprofits expect an increase in demand for services this year, while funding resources remain tight. The extra capacity provided by the students will help nonprofits meet this increased demand.
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HGTV’s “Property Virgins” host and media personality Egypt Sherrod enjoys the gala with her husband Michael Jackson. She was emcee for the after party.
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