Community Culture Education Entertainment Youth 

Black History Scavenger Hunt; Celebrating Black History 365

Carter G. Woodson created Negro History week in 1926 to elevate a period of celebration.  According to Jeff Johnson, “The caveat to that was it required us to actually study enough history outside of the celebration to continuously share during it. ”  Well here at Historic Westside News, we make a concrted effort to do just that. That’s why we are hostikng the Black History Scavenger Hunt on  March 21, 2021, at 1:00PM. Meet at the starting point (Apex Museum Parking Lot ). Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way…

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The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot Education Youth 

Legacy Keepers: The Atlanta 1906 Race Riot

By 1900 the population of Atlanta had more than doubled to 89,872 from its 1880 level including the black population that quadrupled. This increase led to increased job competition and white politicians responded as they had during slavery by implementing and expanding Jim Crow. These laws included segregated neighborhoods, public transportation, and schools. Despite these hurdles, black excellence persisted. By this time three black colleges were created in Atlanta and a small number of black families achieved a significant measure of success. Black men continued to exercise the vote they…

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Education Technology Youth 

Amazon Teams Up with Pharrell Williams’ YELLOW and Georgia Tech to Launch New Music Remix Competition to Inspire Students to Pursue Computer Science

“Your Voice is Power” experience featuring Pharrell’s new song, “Entrepreneur,” encourages students to examine racial equity while learning coding (Black PR Wire) SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Pharrell Williams’ education equity nonprofit YELLOW, and the Georgia Institute of Technology today announced a new educational collaboration called “Your Voice is Power” to encourage middle and high school students to share their voice on equity while learning to code new music remixes. The “Your Voice is Power” collaboration includes five teaching modules with lesson plans that teach coding while kick-starting meaningful conversations among students and their teachers about…

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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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Education 

APS School Board not renewing superintendent’s contract

According to the above letter, Atlanta Public Schools has confirmed they will not be renewing Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s contract as superintendent. The Atlanta Board of Education called a special meeting on Monday morning where members met in executive session to discuss her future with Atlanta Public Schools The school board decided in July not renew Carstarphen’s contract, but delayed making it public inorder to have a smooth opening of the 2019 school year. Many board members were against renewing her contract, despite being confronted by parents about who were for…

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Community Community Organizations Education Vine City Youth 

Community Voices by Historic Westside Legacy Keepers

Community Voices: In the spirit of Sankofa-Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” -Historic Westside News Legacy Keepers Program sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Westside story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the Civil Rights movement and how it affected residents. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of residents…

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Historic Westside News Issue 12, January 2019

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Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools? Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic…

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Culture Education 

Celebrate Black History Month with the Atlanta Branch of ASALH

Dr. R. Candy Tate is Historian for the Atlanta Branch of ASALH, an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Art & Fashion Department, and Assistant Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University.  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American historian, journalist, and author who is often referred to as the “father of black history.” The organization’s mission is to “promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate…

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Education Youth 

Feeling the Love at Hollis – An Interview with Dr. Diamond Jack

By Sigele Winbush Sigele Winbush is an Atlanta native and true believer in the power of connected communities. She serves the Westside through her work with the Westside Future Fund, supporting the organization’s PR and communications efforts. While the doors of Hollis Innovation Academy have only officially been open for less than eight months, the results would suggest otherwise as students at the Westside’s newest K-8 public school are thriving and seem right at home. The STEM-focused Academy is one of the first of its kind in the state –…

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