November 2016 Around Town 1

10th Annual Chair-ity Event 
Benefiting The Children’s Village at Christian City to be held December 1

Artists, business leaders, volunteers and philanthropists come together each year to support The Children’s Village at Christian City at the Chair-ity event, featuring live jazz, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, silent auction and a raffle drawing to win a new Infiniti Q50 from Infiniti of South Atlanta. The raffle is hosted by South Side Atlanta Rotary Clubs. All proceeds from both the Infiniti Raffle and the Chair-ity event will support children in need, victims of abuse and abandonment who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City. The Infiniti raffle drawing will occur at the end of the event and you do not have to be present to win. Get more info and buy tickets at ChristianCity.org or contact Ashley Bonner at 678.466.1093 or ashleyb@christian-city.org.

SFL’s Own Tenisha Taylor Bell Launches Scholarship to Rescue Black Males

Former television executive producer Tenisha Taylor Bell launches the Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation for African-American male students in Chicago. The foundation is named after her father, who was shot and killed on the Southside of Chicago.

“My father was murdered on 79th and Stony Island…just blocks from where First Lady Michelle Obama grew up,” says Bell. “He was a husband, a father, a brother, a friend, and his life was tragically snatched from all of us. August was recorded as Chicago’s deadliest month in 20 years. The same gun violence that plagued Chicago in 1982, is the same gun violence that terrorizes the streets today,” adds the 38-year-old. Taylor was robbed and killed for his car, his body found at a nearby motel. His killers were only 15, 19, and 21-years-old.

The Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation identifies young black male students who are middle of the road students, students that are often overlooked because they do not possess an “A” or “B” average. These students are often forced to make hard life decisions. Bell wants them to choose education.

“These students simply need an education, and they need someone to believe in them,” says Bell. “Statistics prove that children need just one person in their life to make a difference. It’s unfortunate that our country will invest more money into sending a black male to prison, than educating him,” says Bell, who has written extensively on how the gun violence has impacted her family.   (Articles: Tribune, NBC, CNN)

Students who apply must submit an essay on how Chicago violence has impacted their lives. Winners will be awarded financial scholarships and male mentorship. They will be announced spring 2017 and presented to the community at the Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation Gala on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Hyatt Hotel – Magnificent Mile.

“I was blessed with a full ride to Clark Atlanta University. I’ve been blessed with a successful career. People invested in me. Now it’s time for me to invest in others,” says Bell. To learn more about the Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation visit EZTaylor.org

Auburn Ave  and South Fulton Libraries Reopen Following
Major Renovations

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System reopened its doors to the newly renovated and expanded 56,000 square foot Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History on August 4 at 10:30 a.m.   The event was attended by hundreds of local supporters, eager to take a look at the work done to update and expand this downtown staple.

The Grand Reopening which was hosted by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and led by Chairman John H. Eaves, included a performance by the amazing drumming ensemble of Giwayen Mata and an invocation led by Bishop Dr. Barbara King.

The standing-room-only crowd heard from various members of the community, including remarks from Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves, Library Executive Director, Gabriel Morley, Library Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, Phyllis Bailey and Library Foundation Board Member Michelle Smith.  Hundreds of guests enjoyed the weekend-long festivities.

From Left: Dick Anderson, County Manager, Fulton County Government; Commission Chairman John H. Eaves (District 7, At-Large), Fulton County Board of Commissioners; Commissioner Emma I. Darnell (District 6);  Dr. Gabriel Morley, Executive Director, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System; Phyllis Bailey, Vice Chairman, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees; Michelle Smith, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System reopened its tenth and final building project in Phase I of the Library Building Program, opening the renovated and expanded South Fulton Library on Thursday, September 22, 2016.  The event, a packed house of nearly 300 community members, was attended by local community leaders and public officials.  The Grand Opening, which was hosted by Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, included a performance by local singing duo, Rosemary and John Robertson; the Pledge of Allegiance, recited by students from C. H. Gullatt Elementary School in Union City, remarks by Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves, Library Executive Director, Gabriel Morley, Library Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, Phyllis D. Bailey and Library Foundation Member A. Michelle Smith.  The event was capped off by a formal ribbon cutting.  Guests enjoyed technology demonstrations, story times, face painting and more throughout the day, as well as a visit from beloved Library mascot Rocky the Reading Raccoon.