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Volume 86 • Issue 5
Grant Park Residents Oppose Big Box Development Plan
By Roz Edward
Photo By Kent D. Johnson / AJC The cry so often heard from concerned residents in communities around the nation is now ringing out in Grant Park, with residents shouting a resounding “no, not in my backyard.” Those who live in the charming and historic tree-lined district are responding – with zeal – to a proposed big-box store development along Glenwood Avenue and a future portion of the Atlanta Beltline. Key players in community and economic development, including city planning officials and developers of the 20acre proposed project disclosed plans to convert a concrete factory into a retail site, which project speculators say is likely to be a Walmart anchor store, along with other smaller retailers. The property is currently owned by LaFarge Building Materials and stands to be purchased by Fuqua Development. But Grant Park residents and neighbors from surrounding communities counter that the future strip mall contradicts plans outlined in Atlanta’s master plan and conflicts with their vision of the Atlanta Beltline and the benefits they believed to be inherent in revitalizing historic communities. The Beltline is intended to restore dilapidated buildings and develop land into a 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit. Although the project known as Glenwood Place is already in compliance with city land use and zoning requirements, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Atlanta City Council members voted to rezone the parcel, located at Glenwood Avenue and Bill Kennedy Way, from industrial to multi-family residential. The move is widely considered an attempt to block the development. While opponents of the “big box” exalted council members for the bold action, an attorney for the property owner says it
violates his client’s constitutional property rights. “This legislation is about as frivolous an act by a local government as I’ve ever seen,” said Doug Dillard. “Our rights are vested and can’t be taken away without compensation.” The Beltline master plan calls for commercial space on the northern part of the parcel near I-20, and residential development along Glenwood Avenue. A portion of the Beltline trail would run alongside that development. Apparently the point of greatest contention isn’t that a Walmart is being considered for the site, residents oppose any “big-box development” in place of more housing, particularly affordable and senior housing. “If it was a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods, a Kroger or Publix, it would be the same fight,” said Rick Hudson, land use and zoning chair for the Grant Park Neighborhood Association. “We want to have the development we worked so hard on the Beltline master plan for ... We need the (housing) density and the rooftops.” Fuqua Development, which has a contract to purchase the property from LaFarge, began submitting applications to develop the land roughly a year ago. The plan calls for an 144,000-square-foot anchor store widely thought by the neighborhood groups who’ve tracked the project to be a Walmart, in addition to other retail stores and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development is open to a residential component, but says the project is not financially feasible without a large retail store, according to Angelo Fuster, a spokesman for the project. The issue to continue with plans for big-box development will be taken up by a zoning appeals board in October. It could revoke the permit, let it stand or order changes.
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Beltline Gets Boost from Department of Transportation
The City of Atlanta will receive an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the development of a 2.5-mile portion of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor, Mayor Kasim Reed announced recently. The BeltLine is a $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of trails, parks, affordable homes and ultimately streetcar lines. “The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the most transformative projects ever undertaken in our city’s history,” said Reed. “I sincerely appreciate President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx for supporting vital surface transportation projects that will improve mobility and the quality of life for residents in cities across the nation, such as Atlanta. This $18 million grant is a tremendous step forward in my administration’s goal to make the vision of the Atlanta BeltLine a reality much sooner.” The TIGER V grant to be awarded to the city will fund the development of 2.5 miles of the BeltLine corridor – a former freight rail line that has not been in use for nearly 30 years, according to Reed’s office. The project includes the construction of shared use trails, trailheads and access points, and the preservation of the future streetcar transit corridor. It will run from Allene Ave. north to Lawton St., where it will transition to the existing West End Trail for a few blocks, then return to the rail corridor near Ralph Abernathy Blvd. and run north to Lena St. and Washington Park, where it will terminate at the existing Westside Trail, a PATH Foundation trail. “We are extremely grateful to the U.S. DOT for this opportunity to deliver such a significant part of the Atlanta BeltLine in southwest Atlanta years ahead of schedule,” said Paul Morris, president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI). ABI is the implementing entity for the Atlanta BeltLine. The TIGER V grant covers approximately 42 percent of the total project cost, which is estimated at $43 million. The Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, which opened in October 2012, has already seen roughly $775 million in private real estate development completed or underway within a half-mile of the project since 2005, Reed’s office said.
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In the aftermath of more than 2.5 million foreclosures, the Federal Housing Administration is now offering a homeownership program that will put previously troubled borrowers on a fast-tracked return to the home ownership market. The new program, known as “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstance,” cuts the standard three-year waiting period to only 12 months. According to Charles Coulter, HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, “We understand that families occasionally experience financial difficulties that are simply beyond their control. We already have a policy allowing for exceptions to this waiting period when there is an extraordinary life event. This Mortgagee Letter is a targeted expansion of that policy. “As part of FHA’s ongoing mission” Coulter continued, “we want to make sure that qualified borrowers are not being unnecessarily shut out of the market. We’re looking forward to working with our industry partners to strengthen our housing market, to protect FHA’s insurance fund, and to make certain access to credit remains available for future generations of homeowners.” That’s good news for borrowers who lost their homes because of specific financial hardships but can now demonstrate they have regained previously lost financial ground. The list of eligible financial hardships reads like a list of housing crisis woes: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy Deed-in-lieu Forbearance Foreclosure Loan modification
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Minister Louis Farrakhan, sponse to Syrian President the national leader of the Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of Nation of Islam, addressed chemical weapons on his own “America’s Errant Foreign people. Policy” in the 34th installObama said previously ment of his weekly YouTube that such an attack was the address, “The Time and What “red line” that would prompt Must Be Done,” specifically the United States to act, and challenging the Obama adCongress is prepared to take up ministration’s call for military an authorization measure when intervention in Syria. they return from August recess. “Based on America’s history Despite public concern that he of false flag operations, great would circumvent Congress, doubt exists as to the truth of the POTUS is going through whether the Syrian governthe proper channels and claims ment is in fact responsible for Minister Louis Farrakhan that the strike is not “time the use of chemical weapons, sensitive.” or is America responsible through the use of The White House released an intelligence her proxies,” the fiery NOI leader said. assessment last Friday, which concluded “What would Syria have to gain by using that the Syrian government used nerve gas chemical weapons to cause America to to kill more than 1,400 people, including at intervene militarily in her country as she is least 426 children, far more than previous experiencing this terrible civil war? I think it estimates of approximately 1,300 Syrians. is America and Europe that are tired of the Obama called the attack an “assault on civil war going on so long without definitive human dignity.” results in the favor of the West and Israel.” Assad maintains that the Syrian govDuring a brief statement from the White ernment is not responsible for the attack House Rose Garden on Saturday, Aug. 31, and promises that the country “will defend President Barack Obama said “the country itself ” against U.S. aggression. will be stronger” if we strike Syria in re-
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Bounce TV, the Atlanta-based television network founded by Martin Luther King III and former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young announced Tuesday that it has officially launched in St. Louis. According to reps from the network, Bounce TV is the nation’s fastest-growing broadcast network targeting African Americans. As of 12 a.m. it is being broadcast on digital channel 5.2 and is also available on Charter Cable channel 87 in the arch city. Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, inspirational faithbased programs, off-net series, original series and more. Launched in 2011, Bounce TV is already available in 80 percent of AfricanAmerican Martin Luther households King III and 65 million homes nationally, the network said. Bounce TV airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the digital signals of local television stations. King III and Young are among the founding group and board of directors of Bounce TV. Andrew Young Bounce TV is majority African American-owned. Toyota USA is the signature sponsor of the network.
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Editor’s Note: This is article VIII of 11-part series on race in America - past and present, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation. It has been edited for space considerations.
The New White Negro
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What it means that family breakdown is now biracial By Isabel Sawhill In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan released a controversial report written for his then boss, President Lyndon Johnson. Titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” it described the condition of lower-income African-American families and catalyzed a highly acrimonious, decades-long debate about Black culture and family values in America. The report cited a series of staggering statistics showing high rates of divorce, unwed child-bearing and single motherhood among Black families. “The white family has achieved a high degree of stability and is maintaining that stability,” the report said. “By contrast, the family structure of lower class Negroes is highly unstable, and in many urban centers is approaching complete breakdown.” Nearly 50 years later, the picture is even more grim -- and the statistics can no longer be organized neatly by race. In fact, Moynihan’s bracing profile of the collapsing Black family in the 1960s looks remarkably similar to a profile of the average White family today. White households have similar -- or worse -- statistics of divorce, unwed childbearing and single motherhood as the Black households cited by Moynihan in his report. In 2000, the percentage of White children living with a single parent was identical to the percentage of Black children living with a single parent in 1960: 22 percent. What was happening to Black families in the ‘60s can be reinterpreted today not as an indictment of the Black family but as a harbinger of a larger collapse of traditional living arrangements -- of what demographer Samuel Preston, in words that Moynihan later repeated, called “the earthquake that shuddered through the American family.” That earthquake has not affected all American families the same way. While the Moynihan report focused on disparities between White and Black, increasingly it is class, and not just race, that matters for family structure. Although Blacks as a group are still less likely to marry than Whites, gaps in family formation patterns by class have increased for both races, with the sharpest declines in marriage rates occurring among the least educated of both races. For example, in 1960, 76 percent of adults with a college degree were married, compared to 72 percent of those with a high school diploma -- a gap of only 4 percentage points. By 2008, not only was marriage less likely, but that gap had quadrupled, to 16 percentage points, with 64 percent of adults with college degrees getting married compared to only 48 percent of adults with a high school diploma. These differences in family formation are a problem not only for those concerned with “family values” per se, but also for those concerned with upward mobility in a society that values equal opportunity for its children. Because the breakdown of the traditional family is overwhelmingly occurring among working-class Americans of all races, these trends threaten to make the U.S. a much more class-based society over time. The striking similarities between what happened to Black Americans at an earlier stage in our history and what is happening now to White working-class Americans may shed new light on old debates about cultural versus structural explanations of poverty. Family life, to some extent, adapts to the necessities thrown up by the evolution of the economy. Just as joblessness among young Black men contributed to the breakdown of the Black family that Moynihan observed in the ‘60s, more recent changes in technology and global competition have hollowed out the job market for less educated Whites. Unskilled White men have even less attachment to the labor force today than unskilled Black men did 50 years ago, leading to a decline in their marriage rates in a similar way. In 1960, the employment rate of prime-age (25 to 55) Black men with less than a high school education was 80
percent. Fast-forward to 2000, and the employment rate of White men with less than a high school education was much lower, at 65 percent-and even for White high school graduates it was only 84 percent. Without an education in today’s economy, being White is no guarantee of being able to find a job. That’s not to say that race isn’t an issue. It’s clear that Black men have been much harder hit by the disappearance of jobs for the less skilled than White men. Black employment rates for those with less than a college education have sunk to near-catastrophic levels. In 2000, only 63 percent of Black men with only a high school diploma (compared with 84 percent of White male graduates) were employed. Since the recession, those numbers have fallen even farther. And even Black college graduates are not doing quite as well as their White counterparts. Based on these and other data, I believe it would be a mistake to conclude that race is unimportant; Blacks continue to face unique disadvantages because of the color of their skin. Most obviously, the Black experience has been shaped by the impact of slavery and its ongoing aftermath. Even after emancipation and the civil rights revolution in the 1960s, African Americans faced exceptional challenges, like segregated and inferior schools and discrimination in the labor market. It would take at least a generation for employers to begin to change their hiring practices and for educational disparities to diminish; even today these remain significant barriers. A recent audit study found that White applicants for low-wage jobs were twice as likely to be called in for interviews as equally-qualified Black applicants. Also, critically important in my view, is the changing role of women. In my first book, Time of Transition: The Growth of Families Headed by Women, published in 1975, my coauthor and I argued that it was not just male earnings that mattered, but what men could earn relative to women. When women don’t gain much, if anything, from getting married, they often choose to raise children on their own. Fifty years ago, women were far more economically dependent on marriage than they are now. Today, women are not just working more, they are better suited by education and tradition to work in such rapidly growing sectors of the economy as health care, education, administrative jobs, and services. While some observers may see women taking these jobs as a matter of necessity -- and that’s surely a factor -- we shouldn’t forget the revolution in women’s roles that has made it possible for them to support a family on their own. Women’s growing economic independence has interacted with stubborn attitudes about changing gender roles. When husbands fail to adjust to women’s new breadwinning responsibilities (who cooks dinner or stays home with a sick child when both parents work?) the couple is more likely to divorce. It may be that well-educated younger men and women continue to marry not only because they can afford to but because many of the men in these families have adopted more egalitarian attitudes. While a working-class male might find such attitudes threatening to his manliness, an upper-middle-class man often does not, given his other sources of status. But when women find themselves having to do it all -- that is, earn money in the workplace and shoulder the majority of child care and other domestic responsibilities -- they raise the bar on whom they’re willing to marry or to whom they are willing to stay married.
These gender-related issues may play an even greater role for Black women, since while White men hold slightly more high school diplomas and baccalaureate degrees than White women, Black women are much better educated than Black men. That means it’s more difficult for well-educated Black women to find Black partners with comparable earning ability and social status. In 2010, Black women made 87 percent of what Black men did, whereas White women made only 70 percent of what White men earned. For less educated Black women, there is, in addition, a shortage of Black men because of high rates of incarceration. One estimate puts the proportion of Black men who will spend some time in prison at almost one third. Along with many others, I remain concerned about the effects on society of this wholesale retreat from stable two-parent families. The consequences for children, especially, are not good. Their educational achievements, and later chances of becoming involved in crime or a teen pregnancy are, on average, all adversely affected by growing up in a single-parent family. But I am also struck by the lessons that emerge from looking at how trends in family formation have differed by class as well as by race. If we were once two countries, one Black and one White, we are now increasingly becoming two countries, one advantaged and one disadvantaged. Race still affects an individual’s chances in life, but class is growing in importance.
Isabell Sawhill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written extensively on the family and the economy. Her most recent book is Creating an Opportunity Society. This article, the eighth 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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By Jerry Thomas At the Ludacris Foundation VIP dinner on Aug. 29, Atlanta art dealer Jerry Thomas donated and auctioned a work on paper by renowned artist Thornton Dial, which sold for a record price of $30,000. After enthusiastic bidding, the artwork was purchased by hiphop producer Swizz Beatz, who is responsible for performers like Jay Z singing about artists Picasso and Basquiat in their music. Beatz is the husband of Alicia Keys. Thomas said, “I am thrilled that a work of art by Thornton Dial netted the top dollar at the foundation dinner … the audience was so excited about a significant work of art.” All proceeds to from the fundraising event go to the Ludacris Foundation.
Former member of Xscape and HelloBeautiful.com blogger Kandi Buruss has recently spoken candidly about the group’s breakup, as well as her past sexual relationship with producer Jermaine Dupri. She says the reason Xscape broke up was because one of the other members wanted to go solo after the second album. Then Buruss admits to having crossed the line with Jermaine Dupri, and addresses the group member who put her on blast during a radio interview. She then addresses crossing the line with Jermaine Dupri: “… You know how you can be around your friends talking about sex or whatever and then you be thinking like, I wonder is it that good, you know? Let’s be realistic, it wasn’t me trying to get anything out of the situation. We already had hit records. We already had hits. It wasn’t like I was trying to do it to get somewhere. It was just out of curiosity.”
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A free, staged reading of the play “Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. Written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by acclaimed actors Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami, the reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. The reading is part of Project1Voice’s nationwide, simultaneous performance of staged readings, which remember how this seminal event in history helped to galvanize the Civil Rights Movement. As a civil rights stronghold, Atlanta is proud to join more than 80 cities to hold the commemorative reading.
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Special to ADW Project1Voice, is a non-profit organization dedicated the two fastest The highly-anticipatto the performing arts and the legacy of African-Amerisellouts in the edand college can theater, as well promoting Black playwrights theirfootball game’s hisrematchwas between works. Four Little Girls underscores that the bombing a heinous, racial hate crime that advanced the Civil Rights tory. reigning nationMovement because it occurred 18 days after thealhistoric The teams champion March on Washington and Martin Luther KingAlabama Jr.’s famous will be and “I Have a Dream Speech.” The reading will serveVirginia as a catalyst competTech to help the world remember the names of the victims ing for the is now and a sellout. will feature multi-generational casts of nationalChick-fil-A and local Bowl offigame’s coveted theater, television, and film actors. This play examines what Old Leather Helmet cials announced the game it is like to be a child in the most extreme circumstances. A Trophy. and both teams have completely sold conversation with activists and scholars discussing how their this allotment of tickets for the “We are looking forward to another through pivotal event still affects us today will follow theGeorgia reading.Dome In showdown. great game and we have a lot of respect for addition, a Medal of Honor Red Carpet Ceremony“The will Georgia also Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick Dome is always an exciting be held to recognize individuals who have madeplace a difference. to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the opportunity to open the season twice before going to be very special,” said Virginia Tech in Atlanta, and the experience has been head coach Frank Beamer. extremely positive for our team and our fans. Despite ticket allotments being sold The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia out, fans looking to get to the game still Dome is a great venue for college football. It have great ticket package options available through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done The reading is being held in collaboration withjob Projectan outstanding of making it a first-class Game’s Official Ticket Exchange and VIP 1Voice-Atlanta, Afemo and Elisabeth event.” Omilami of Hosea Hospitality provider. Feed the Hungry, matchMartin Luther King Jr. International Chap- Kickoff Game “Playing in the Chick-fil-A “This is a nationally compelling el at Morehouse College, the Just Ten Consortium, The Rosa creates a very exciting environment for the up with two legendary coaches, passionate Parks 100th Southern fansCommittee, and playersthe of both teams,” said Jim fan bases and perennial top-10Birthday teams inCelebration the ChristianBowl Leadership Conference, LeadersandLegends.org Weaver, Virginia Tech athletics director. “We country,” said Chick-fil-A President and the A.D. King Foundation look forward to opening the season with the and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama this is a chance to start another championship run, defending National Champions in a sold-out To RSVP the free reading, visitDome. www.leadersandlegGeorgia ” to make history and go for to theattend three-peat. ends.org. Seating is limited. In its third Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game For Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigger of a statement than knocking off number appearance, Alabama will look not only to increase its record to 3-0, but will also look one.” The teams, who last met in 2009 when the to secure a victory that could prove to be im#5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies 34- perative in appearing in its third consecutive 24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will face national championship game. For Virginia Tech, a victory against topoff again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to ranked Alabama would immediately thrust open the 2013 college football season. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began the Hokies into the national spotlight and set in 2008, the two matchups between Alabama them up for a championship run of their own. and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent
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Multimedia personality and a national scale as a reportsports enthusiast Rashan Ali er for the Chic-fil-A Bowl has been tapped to provide Preview Show, which aired insightful sports commentary on ESPN 2 and ESPN U. She from the sidelines of college continued to make her mark football games that will air in the sports industry as the nationally this fall on the CBS social media correspondent Sports Network. during the 2010 and 2011 NBA Games featured will include Playoffs on NBA TV’s “NBA long-time, exciting rivalries Gametime Live,” where she like Fordham University vs. worked with respected analysts LeHigh University and Southlike Eric Snow and Chris ern Miss vs. Marshall. Her Webber. Most recently, Ali debut game began with Miami has been active on the HBCU University (OH) at Marshall in Rashan Ali (Historically Black Colleges Huntington, W.V., on Aug. 31. and Universities) football clasAli’s unique perspective and knowledge sic circuit providing live reporting from the of sports has allowed her to establish herself inaugural Nation’s Classic, which featured rapidly as a formidable and credible source Howard University vs. Morehouse College in in collegiate and professional sports. She Washington, D.C., and the Atlanta Football Classic, which featured Southern Univerfunctioned as a sports reporter while at sity against her alma mater, Florida A&M HOT 107.9 FM in Atlanta and was invited University. She was also a sideline reporter to become a sideline reporter for the NBA’s for Southern Conference Football during the Atlanta Hawks, which she did for four years. 2011-2012 season. “Covering college football on a major In addition to her career as a sports comnetwork is such an honor. I have always loved the essence of college football. So to mentator, Ali is also the host of the “Streetz be on the sideline in this capacity is truly a Morning Grind” radio show on Streetz dream come true,” Ali said. “There are some 94.5 FM in Atlanta. She will also continue her work with Sporty Girls Inc., an Atlangreat teams being featured on the network ta-based non-profit organization founded by thatGeorgia I’ve continued follow over years, captured The United to basketball teamthe recently the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National Ali that exposes girlschampions ages 8-18 went to non-traso having the opportunity workThe withtwo-time their defending Championship in Memphis,toTenn. State AAU 8-0 to coaching staffs andcompetition players is monumental. ” ditional sports like golf, soccer, tennis and win the week-long featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from 2009,Anderson Ali joinedII,anMandarius elite groupDickerson; when swimming help them their social left)InTravis Chase Fiddler,toRodney Lewisimprove Jr., Myles Beleyu, she became one of a few African-American and academic skills while increasing Kennedy Minx-Rogers, Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross their II, chances forand collegiate women providing sports commentary on James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, coachesscholarships. Tee Cofer, Rodney Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Eric Ross.
The 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic “This team is a very talented and conConference defending volleyball champion fident group of players who believe in SpecialAtlanta to ADW Clark University, nabbed four selecthemselves and each other,” said CAU Head tions on the Preseason All-SIAC team led by Volleyball Coach Brittany Black. “With four two fastest The highly-anticipattwo-time honoree Kailyn Blackmon as voted of the five seniors who havethe played together intake the ed the college by SIACfootball Volleyball Coaches Association. for the last three years, they aresellouts ready to Joining Blackmon as first-team selecon this challenge to win another championgame’s hisrematchsetter between tions are fellow ship.” tory. reigning nation-seniors Libero Tyneishah Spears and middle blocker Keierica Howard, The Lady Panthers’ journey begins The teams al champion while sophomore Cori Sept.10 in theirwill season be Alabama and Smith garnered home openercompetagainst Virginia Tech second team This veteran Emmanueling College at 7 for the is nowhonors. a sellout. nucleus, along with five p.m., in Epps Gymnasigame’s coveted Chick-fil-A Bowl offiother returners, including um, followed by Brewton Old Leather Helmet cials announced the game seniors Chanel Trice and Parker at home on Sept. Trophy. and both teams have completely sold Sierra Graham and five of tickets for the 13forward at 6 p.m.toAll CAU home “We are looking another through their allotment newcomers, hope to are played great game andvolleyball we have agames lot of respect for at Georgia Dome showdown. repeat in capturing the Epps Gymnasium and are free to Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting conference title despite the public. place to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the being to finish second opportunity to open the season twice before going tabbed to be very special, ” said in Virginia Tech the east division. in Atlanta, and the experience has been head coach Frank Beamer. extremely positive for our team and our fans. Despite ticket allotments beingPreseason sold First Team Volleyball All-SIAC The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia out, fans looking to get to the game still Name Class optionsPosition School Hometown Dome is a great venue for college football. It have great ticket package available Jillian Anderson Senior Middle Blockerhas aAlbany State feel, and Athens, Ga. bowl game the staff has done through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff job of making it a first-class Game’sGrieshaber Official Ticket Exchange Outside and VIPHitter an outstanding Emily Junior Kentucky State Thornton, Ind. ” Hospitality provider.Senior Ashley Johnson Middle Blockerevent. Albany State Tallahassee, Fla. “Playing in the Chick-fil-A Game “This is a nationally compelling matchKailyn Blackmon Senior Setter Clark Atlanta Evans, Kickoff Ga. creates a very exciting environment for the up with two legendary coaches, passionate Kierica Howard Senior Middle Blockerfans Clark Atlanta La. Jim and players of both Houma, teams,” said fan bases and perennial top-10 teams in the Tyneishah Spears Senior Bowl President Libero Clark Atlanta Tech athletics New Orleans, La.“We Weaver, Virginia director. country,” said Chick-fil-A Sabrena Sophomore Setter this is Ind.the lookKentucky forward toState openingIndianapolis, the season with and CEORose Gary Stokan. “For Alabama a chance to start another championship run, defending National Champions in a sold-out Dome.All-SIAC ” to make history andSecond go for the three-peat. Team PreseasonGeorgia Volleyball In its third Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game For Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigName Class School Alabama will Hometown look not only to ger of a statement than knockingPosition off number appearance, Lydia Wise Junior Middle Blocker Claflin Columbia, S.C.look increase its record to 3-0, but will also one.” to secure a victory that could prove The teams, who last met in 2009 when the Ashley Jackson Senior Setter Benedict Dacula, Ga. to be imperative in appearing in its third consecutive #5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies 34Ashley Savage Junior Libero Stillman Alabaster, Ala. 24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will face national championship game. Chelsea Foster Junior Outside Hitter Claflin Duncan, S.C. For Virginia Tech, a victory against topoff again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to Cori Sophomore Outside Hitter ranked Clark Atlanta Kansas City,thrust Kan. Alabama would immediately openSmith the 2013 college football season. Alesha Humphrey Junior Middle Blocker LeMoyne Owen Franklin, Tenn. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began the Hokies into the national spotlight and set up for a championship run of their in 2008, the two matchups Alabama themStillman Janur Paige Senior between Setter Enterprise, Ala. own. and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent
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My Part of the World
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by M. Alexis Scott
Bernice King Makes Her Mark
“Look at that witch!” That particular Thursday afternoon, I peered out over my glasses into the audience at the kid pointing and calling it as she saw me. My bailiff walked over to where the child was sitting next to her grandmother, ready to eject the pint-sized heckler out of the courtroom. These days, folks often come as they are, with whomever they’re keeping company or taking care of. Court subpoenas don’t include babysitter vouchers, so mamas, aunties, uncles and Madears bring babies, toddlers and school-aged children alike along with them just in case things get to running late the day they need to be in court. Maybe the kid is right about the witch thing. Some days I feel like slipping out of my black robe and pulling out a broom to do a sweep of my courtroom. Imagine it: a clean slate or fresh start on the pile up of recurring scenarios and offenders looking for yet another chance. When the prosecutor wants to make sure a certain case grabs the judge’s attention, he or she brings along courthouse watchers. Typically, the specially invited audience signifies one of two things. Either that the victims wish to speak for themselves to assure the harshest sentence possible is dispensed or that the citizens have organized and are being proactive by standing up for their right to live in their homes free of the menaces of society who trespass, burglarize, steal and terrorize law abiding, hardworking, property owners. The latter group comes to court to send a message to the defendant: “We know who you are and we’re here to convince the judge to lock you up so you will leave us the hell alone!” The strength in numbers phenomenon empowers them to step out, past their front door peepholes or barred windows, to form a unified neighborhood watch to stand their own ground. In Fulton County, the District Attorney’s Citizens’ CourtWatch program’s mission is “to provide citizens with an understanding of the criminal justice system and encourages them to actively participate in the process.” As a homeowner myself, I get it. Nobody wants to be the next victim in their community. I know that punched-in-the-stomach feeling when you arrive home, reach forward to unlock your front door only to realize some punk has beat you there, invaded your space and stolen your stuff. As a judge, I’ve listened to victims describe the haunting feeling of no longer feeling safe and secure, as well as the personal and financial expense of repairing the damage and replacing the losses. It is commonplace to see a young man who should be attending school, getting an education and acquiring a marketable skill, receive a second chance, be placed on a pre-trial bond for a theft by snatching or receiving charge, and then return to court within months on a burglary charge. From the outside of the courthouse, it’s easy to advocate for just locking up the menace if he won’t act right. Meanwhile, all he might have on his
side is an elderly grandparent coerced by family ties to open her humble abode to house a delinquent, truant grandson in order for his defense attorney to be able to claim the defendant will not reoffend or return to the community of his crimes. But we all know the grandmother probably will not be any more effective than his parents were in guiding him clear of criminal activity or securing employment for the young man. Many single parents or subrogate guardians are trying to raise their children without much success. Many more have given up trying and the young offenders are left to fend for themselves. What they don’t have in their home, they look to take from yours or mine. That’s where we all come in. Our young people need church members, teachers, coaches and neighbors to make time to talk to them and help them to chart out life plans which will lead them out of poverty and dens of hopelessness. They unknowingly crave mentors to encourage them to complete their education, to secure meaningful internships and apprenticeships where they can learn an in-demand skill or trade and who will support them by monitoring their strict compliance with pre-trial diversion opportunities and probated sentences. If each of us reaches back to befriend or mentor just one young person at his or her personal crossroads, what a difference it would make in the crime statistics and high numbers of young recidivists. Your investment of time spent with an actual or future young offender will make it much easier for the kid who truly deserves a second chance to get one. It will also pay huge dividends to our community as a whole. I’m willing to do my part. How about you? Can we count on you to help someone earn a second chance?
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I am so proud of Bernice A. King. She is rising to the occasion as a national civil and human rights leader in the sterling tradition of her parents, Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Now let me say right off that we are not related. Her mother’s Scotts are from Alabama and my father’s Scotts are from Mississippi. Although, when you think about it, if you go back far enough, it is possible that we came from the same family. And, heck, we’re all part of the same family anyway – the human race. I had the privilege of seeing her operate up close during last week’s 50th anniversary celebration of the historic 1963 March on Washington, made famous by the crowd that turned out and her father’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It is worth noting that she was only 5 months old during the time of the 1963 march. She said she had worked on plans for the day of celebration and had been thoughtfully looking forward to it for more than a year. It showed. It seemed to be a flawless celebration. The morning interfaith service at Shiloh Baptist Church was moving and rich in spirit. Especially memorable was the “duet” remarks by the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., a contemporary of MLK, and his son, the Rev. Otis Moss III, the young preacher who took over Trinity, UCC in Chicago from the embattled Rev. Jeremiah Wright. They manifested what has become known as the Moses and Joshua generations. The senior Moss said he’d come about as far as he could go, and he had confidence in the junior Moss to take it from here. And the energetic junior Moss thanked his father for all the work he has done, including his participation with King 50 years ago, and assured him that he was ready to keep climbing. This was only one highlight of the service that Bernice King said she wanted to have in order to show that her father was a man led by his great faith and that this interfaith service was to honor him as a great spiritual leader, not just a civil rights leader. And once at the Lincoln Memorial, her imprint on the program of speakers was clear. She noted in her stirring remarks that 50 years ago, no women spoke and that very few had a leadership role in its planning. Things were definitely different this year. Her aunt, Christine King Farris, the lone surviving sibling of MLK, gave a moving tribute to the principles of her brother. She also disclosed she wasn’t present 50 years ago due to a bout with the flu. A friend’s aunt also wanted to march 50 years ago, but stayed home for a different reason. Her husband asked her to stay home with their 8-year-old daughter because of reports that there were fears that violence might break out among the throngs expected to gather. Of course, there was no violence on that day in 1963. It also has been reported that President John F. Kennedy was concerned about violence and was not in favor of the march.
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Again, this year was completely different. Three presidents showed up, including our current sitting President Barack Obama. He was really challenged to thread the needle of being the president, who happens to be Black. But he did his usual eloquent job of noting that he was an embodiment of King’s dream as well as noting that more work needs to be done in the arena of social justice. But I think it was our own President Jimmy Carter, who made the strongest testimony about the impact of King on making his election possible and the challenge that we face as a nation and world today. “Perhaps the most challenging statement of Martin Luther King Jr.’s was, and I quote,” Carter said, ‘The crucial question of our time is how to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.’ In the Nobel Prize ceremony of 2002, I said that my fellow Georgian was, and I quote again, ‘the greatest leader that my native state — and perhaps my native country — has ever produced.’ And I was not excluding presidents and even the Founding Fathers when I said this.” Bernice also wanted to commemorate her father’s speech with a bell ringing ceremony to “let freedom ring.” As CEO of The King Center here in Atlanta, she sent out a request that bell ringing ceremonies be held around the nation at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28, the exact time of King’s speech. At the Lincoln Memorial, she rang a bell with members of her family, King compatriots Andy Young and Congressman John Lewis and Presidents Obama, Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as presidential daughters Caroline Kennedy and Linda Johnson Robb. It was not just any bell, but the old 16th Street Baptist Church bell, the only remains from the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing in Birmingham, Ala., which killed four young girls. Thanks to Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell Sr., Bernice and others, the bell made its way to this moving ceremony. Echoing her mother from the 30th anniversary of the march, she said, “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” And taking us forward, she said, “We are still crippled by practices and policies steeped in racial pride, hatred and hostility. Some of which have us standing our ground rather than finding common ground. We are still chained by economic disparities, income and class inequalities and conditions of poverty for many of God’s children around this nation and the world. “We’re still bound by a cycle of civil unrest and inherent social biases in our nation and world that oftentimes degenerate into violence and destruction, especially against women and children,” she said. “We’re at this landing and now we must break the cycle. The Prophet King spoke the vision. He made it plain and we must run with it in this generation.”
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The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, a colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., and his wife Evelyn enjoy the aftermath of the March on Washington commemoration at the Lincoln Memorial.
Elisabeth Omilami, daughter of MLK Jr. colleague Hosea Williams, enjoys the crowd with L. Neicey Johnson Executive Director of Visions, Inc.
Tony Award winner Heather Headley stands with BackStory Entertainment CEO Brian McKissick of Atlanta after her performance at the anniversary ceremony.
Members of the King family lay a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument following the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott is flanked by Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, and her colleague Deâ€™Liece Drane, vice president of First Kingdom Management in Atlanta. (Photo by Brian McKissick)
Christine King Farris, sister of MLK Jr., stands with her assistant Yvonne Hodge at the Willard Hotel following the Aug. 28 celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
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