March 2017 Around Town 4

Introducing the City of South Fulton!

This is an exciting time in our neighborhood. Please get involved with the creation of the new city and don’t forget to vote on or before March 21. SFL will continue to cover the entire South Fulton area, including but not limited to the new city, along with South Atlanta, Hapeville, East Point, College Park, Union City and Chattahoochee Hills and the communities of Cascade, Ben Hill and  Sandtown.

102 New Charging Stations Unveiled at Hartsfield-Jackson

Mayor Kasim Reed joined Georgia Power, the Georgia Public Service Commission and other sustainability leaders to unveil 102 electric vehicle charging stations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Mayor Reed charged the airport with installing at least 100 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of 2016. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability coordinated with the sustainability team at the airport to meet the goal. The installation of the electric vehicle stations is just another initiative the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has implemented to ensure that the City of Atlanta is a top-tier sustainable city.

South Fulton Social Justice Advocate Nicole Westmoreland Celebrates Graduation

Stetson University College of Law Juris Doctor candidate Nicole Westmoreland of South Fulton celebrated graduating with her law degree on Dec. 15 in Gulfport, Florida. A Certificate of Concentration in Social Justice Advocacy candidate, Nicole also received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award and the Walter Mann Award.

$200,000 Raised for The Children’s Village at Christian City

The volunteer committee for the 10th annual Chair-ity event celebrated a record-setting $200,000 raised to benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City, where once neglected, abused and abandoned children now live safely in the loving care of house parents in family-style homes.

Photo: The Chair-ity committee gathered at The Children’s Village on Jan. 10 for the check presentation. From left: Heidi Becker, Mimi Cawood, Yvonne Martin, Kathy Sullivan, Charlie Cave, Sarah Booth (Program Director), Vicki Turner, Angela Bean, Carla Waters, Peggy Forrest, Janet McGregor Dunn, Philip Kouns (COO), Jana Romano, Len Romano (CEO of Christian City), Ashley Bonner (Christian City Director of Fund Development) and Annie Singh-Quern (Christian City Development staff).

Sickle Cell Day at the Capitol & Annual Free Southeastern Sickle Cell Symposium

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia hosted patients and caregivers at the Georgia State Capitol as they listened to several speakers addressing issues related to Sickle Cell Disease. The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. strives to educate and inform the public about the latest in sickle cell developments.

Their annual symposium featured a panel of experts and medical doctors well-versed on subjects of great concern to the focus of sickle cell awareness. The free symposium was held at the historic Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care. The symposium agenda covered a vast array of advocacy information related to “fighting for what you need” and updating the public on legislative and policy news to inform patients on ways to change and improve their health. Panelists included Honorable Gloria Frazier (D), Georgia State Representative; James Eckman, MD, noted hematologist and medical oncology, Emory School of Medicine; Leila Clay, MD, pediatric oncologist; and Brenda Depena-Gray, BSN, RN, WellStar, Bloodless Medicine Program. Many other notable medical doctors, social workers and patients living with sickle cell were also on hand to share their expertise. Each segment featured a question-and-answer session.

ITC Awards Kresge Foundation Grant to Expand Recruiting Capacity

The Interdenominational Theological Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2016-17 Kresge Discreet Technical Assistance Grant in the amount of $25,000. Administered through UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) Institute for Capacity Building, ITC emerged as a grant recipient from a competitive field of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through its submission of the ITC “Generation Z Recruitment Model.”

The grant will enable ITC to create and implement a recruitment model that incorporates the multiple platforms of social media into its recruitment campaign. The grant also allows ITC to employ the use of related technology as a bridge to gain access to millennials and members of “Generation Z” who use mobile devices and social media in virtually every aspect of their decision making and consumption.

“We are excited and grateful that the Kresge Foundation and UNCF have embraced this capacity-building effort,” says ITC President Dr. Edward L. Wheeler. “While we continue our campaign to expand the revenue streams of the ITC beyond traditional student enrollment, attracting a robust and astute student body will always be a priority of the Center. This grant enables us to employ a more progressive 21st-century approach to the student recruitment process, which will position us to increase our student body.”

Additional features of the “Generation Z Recruitment Model” include a redesign of the ITC website, featuring a fully automated, online application process; creation of social media pages for its Office of Admissions; social media training and technical support to admissions staff; creation of an ITC app and recruitment flash drive; and the redesign/upgrade of all student marketing and recruitment materials.

Civil Rights Activist Tyrone Brooks Talks to Georgia State Students

Tyrone Brooks delivered a lecture to engage and inform young people about the significance of civil and human rights, the importance of the vote, and the need for American Democracy. The lecture took place in Monroe, Georgia, and included a visit to the Moore’s Ford Bridge. The lecture was offered under the direction of Georgia State University Assistant Professor of African-American Studies and Historian, Dr. Maurice J. Hobson. Students from other colleges and universities have also attended many of the lectures and discussions offered by Brooks, chair of the Moore’s Ford Movement.

The lecture was also supported by several local churches and organizations, including Greater Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s senior pastor Dr. William Flippin and First Congregational Church’s senior pastor Dr. Dwight Andrews. The First African Baptist Church in Monroe and Rev. Edwin Beckles, senior pastor, hosted the students in Monroe. Transportation was provided by United Youth Adult Conference President Michael Langford and SCLC President Charles Steele. En route to Monroe, students stopped at the Old Newton County Jail in Covington to give students an opportunity to see where Brooks and five other civil rights workers were held in solitary confinement for two months for leading marches, boycotts and attacking Jim Crow segregation in 1970.

For more than 50 years, Brooks has been a champion for civil and human rights for all Georgians while he served 35 years in the Georgia State Legislature. The lynching and murders that took place at the Moore’s Ford Bridge in 1946 have always been at the forefront of his work and, therefore, the site was chosen as the location for the lecture.

“Students in his class have been thirsty for this kind of onsite knowledge,” says Dr. Hobson, “and we are pleased that our students are interested in the personal points of view that Mr. Brooks can provide at this time in our history.” Some of the discussion topics during the lecture included the modern day voting rights movement and suppression; Georgia’s struggle with old south and racist imagery while promoting the new south; and the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching/massacre and how it helped launch the modern day civil/human rights movement.

Editor’s Note

A correction to January’s Health and Fitness issue on Lee Haney: On page 37, it should have read, “He also has a line of supplements designed to aid in everything from detox, to fat burning to age management and weight loss. Each year, Haney hosts two events. These include Lee Haney’s 30-Day Transformation Now Challenge, a fitness challenge from January to February, with up to $2,500 in cash and prizes. In October, he hosts Lee Haney’s Physique and Fitness Games, which grew to two days in 2016—with Steve and Marjorie Harvey returning as title sponsor.”