Ernest Gaines Uncategorized 

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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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 – October 23rd – Biases in AI: What Does It Mean For Me? – Established in May…

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(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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Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

Historic Westside News Call for Submissions

Historic Westside News The “Total Submission” checklist New skills for our writers and editors! Historic Westside News (HWN) covers news and events to ensure the connectivity of Atlanta’s westside communities and create a space for uncensored community voices. We focus on bringing the news to the community  online daily and publish a print version bi-monthly. HWN is delivered door to door and available in many newsstands in the area or online. Are you interested in writing for us? Email Us Your Submission! The 8-point checklist: Write story (may supply suggested…

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Politics Uncategorized 

Georgia’s First Black Nominee for Governor Since Reconstruction

  Stacey Abrams, a former State House leader became Georgia’s first black female nominee for governor. The general election will deter- mine whether a black woman can win in the Deep South, a region that has not had an African-American governor since Reconstruction. She will face either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the top Republican vote getter Tuesday, or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. STACEY ABRAMS ELECTION NIGHT REMARKS –AS PREPARED MAY 22, Good evening, Georgia. I stand here tonight grateful to the thousands of you who have joined me on…

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Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community Education English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

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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