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Acclaimed novelist Ernest Gaines passes at 86

Ernest Gaines is one of those legendary southern writers. He passed yesterday but his presence will always be felt and known in America. While he was a prolific writer, he is perhaps best known for the novel ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’.  Regarding activism in the south and his written contributions, I appreciate the statement from the article below regarding his role in the demands for justice: Gaines found that using his storytelling gifts meant more than militant civil rights action. “When Bull Connor would sic the dogs, I…

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Community Organizations Culture Education Uncategorized 

Why We Must Save Atlanta’s Fountain Hall: The Lynching of Sam Hose

  Produced by Historic Westside News youth journalists, our “Legacy Keepers”, the above video highlights the lynching of Sam Hose,a young black laborer on a farm outside Atlanta, Hose got into a dispute with his employer and killed him in self-defense. During the ensuing ten-day manhunt, the rival Atlanta newspapers excited their readers by competing on lurid details. As days went by, rape, infanticide, and other “unnatural acts” were added to descriptions of the crime.For W.E.B. Du Bois the lynching was an awakening. Having arrived at Atlanta University two years…

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National Politics Politics 

Congressional Black Caucus Issues Statement on the Passing of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement on the passing of House Oversight Committee Chairman and Congressional Black Caucus Member, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings: “We – the nation, the City of Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and the United States Congress – have all suffered a tremendous loss. As a lifelong advocate for justice, equality, and the truth, Elijah Cummings was the true definition of a leader and his commitment to civility and humanity were invaluable in times such as these. To many, Elijah was a friend and mentor,…

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Community Washington Park Youth 

Shaq donates home to Atlanta boy paralyzed by shooting

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has donated a home to an Atlanta woman whose 12-year-old son was shot at a school football game and paralyzed from the chest down. Isaiah Payton’s family was living in a one-bedroom apartment that wasn’t accessible for people with disabilities, but they now have a home in a good neighborhood. He says he’s helping furnish the home and will pay its rent for the next year. “I’m going to get her some Ring cameras on me. We’re going to give her some furniture, TVs…

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Business & Finance 

C. David Moody From Broke to Billions

C. David Moody is definitely a survivor. Despite experiencing sudden panic attacks, a complete nervous breakdown and years of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Moody is continuing on his path to healing and business success! When C. David Moody struck out on his own in 1988, he and his wife were in debt, struggling to make ends meet, and working out of their bedroom. Over thirty years later, C.D. Moody Construction is a thriving enterprise that has completed over 200 commercial projects worth almost $3 billion. The company’s growth coincided…

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Technology Uncategorized 

Technologists of Color is highlighting great events throughout the coming weeks.

Hosted at HQ Auburn on Sweet Auburn Avenue, Coding While Black is a learning, working and collaboration session for developers, systems engineers, devOps, data scientists, and those who just want to learn. TOC aims to make sure that African-Americans are among our nation’s technology influencers and policy decision-makers. October 10th – Coding While Black sponsored by BlackRock – invitations have been emailed. October 17th – Coding While Black sponsored by Expanse – https://lnkd.in/eXNajh2 October 23rd – Biases in AI: What Does It Mean For Me? – https://lnkd.in/emYiMeY Established in May…

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COOKIE JOHNSON JOINS KEY INFLUENCERS AT THE 6TH ANNUAL HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

(Black PR Wire) RICHMOND, Va. – Cookie Johnson – philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, and wife of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson – is among the headliners of the prestigious roster of faith and public health leaders and activists for the 6th annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference Nov. 19-22 in Charlotte, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. announced today. Johnson’s presentation is entitled “Stigma! The Voice of a Child of God, Wife, Mother & Caretaker.” The Healthy Churches 2020 Conference is the only national forum of its kind to bridge faith and…

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Business & Finance Entertainment 

Cam Kirk Launches Collective Gallery, A Record Label-Style Company For Photographers

(Black PR Wire) It took Cam Kirk just one semester of biology to realize he didn’t want to become a doctor. Before the Morehouse grad established himself as one of the most sought-after photographers in hip-hop, he filtered through other career paths. Concert promotion seemed like a viable option after he successfully booked Wiz Khalifa for a show in Atlanta. But the decision to purchase a camera so he could better market future concerts and events was the catalyst behind his current role. Building clientele was virtually effortless for Kirk.…

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Culture 

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson Becomes the First African American Elected as President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Nationwide — The Board for Certification of Genealogists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 as a professional credentialing body for genealogists. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is the first African American elected to lead the organization. At its semi-annual meeting held on the 7th of September 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) elected officers for the coming year. Those elected were: * President – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL * Vice-President – Angela Packer McGhie, CG * Secretary –…

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