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Civil Rights Gladiator Dies, Final Rights for Reverend Fred Taylor

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24, King James Version That biblical verse preached by Trinity Baptist Church of Atlanta founder-pastor T. Dewitt Smith, Jr. fit homegoing Civil Rights gibraltar Reverend Frederick (Fred) Douglas Taylor to a tee. “Fred was a humble man,” said Smith who eulogized to congregants who came out July 12th at historic West Hunter Street…

Dexter Scott King – Third Child and Second Son of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Succumbs at the Age of 62

Dexter Scott King January 30, 1961 – January 22, 2024 Seventeen years after Yolanda Denise King (d. May 15, 2007), first child of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wife Mrs. Coretta King passed to her heavenly reward, the grim reaper dealt this inner-family yet another crushing blow via the death of their second son and third child Dexter Scott King. “He transitioned peacefully in his sleep at home with me in Malibu [California],” said Dexter’s wife of 13 years Leah Weber King in a statement released through the…

Historically speaking… How a Black-owned Local Firm Contributed to Olympic Construction 30 Years Ago This Year

Thirty years ago, in 1994, work commenced to tear down historic Herndon Memorial Stadium on the campus of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia to make way for a field hockey facility for the 1996 Olympics. What may surprise many, even today, is that the demolition to tear down the old and rebuild what eventually became the new Herndon after the 1996 games. The demolition was completed and managed by a Black-owned company named DUNCO, INC. The company was incorporated in 1979 and owned by Fleetwood M. Dunston, Jr. from…

Goodbye ‘Bo-legs’ Atlanta Native Marvin S. Arrington Laid to Rest

Goodbye ‘Bo-legs’ Atlanta Native Marvin S. Arrington, Sr. Laid to Rest February 10, 1941 – July 5, 2023 Political, social, fraternal, athletic and just plain regular folks congregated Friday, July 28th at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to bid a final farewell to Atlanta native Marvin Stephens Arrington, Sr. “It has been said that great leaders don’t mind getting their hands dirty,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “Marvin embodied that spirit. He came straight from the neighborhood.” Arrington was born in the city’s Grady-Graves Public Housing community near downtown. His family…

Goodbye to a Colleague Maynard Eaton, 1949 – 2023

The only fitting way to affix a funeral program to esteemed broadcast and print journalist Maynard Eaton would be to design it like a magazine. And that is exactly what his wife-colleague Robin Williams-Eaton and his circle of family and friends did for him. A colleague and friend of this writer since Eaton’s birth in Newark and childhood residence in Orange, New Jersey moved to the ATL in 1977, the grim reaper masquerading as lung cancer claimed his life on May 23 of this year. It was a short and…

Patrise Perkins-Hooker: Native Atlanta Attorney is the New Head of Fulton Elections Board

On Wednesday, May 17, the Fulton County Commission commenced its regular weekly meeting by approving the selection of native Atlanta barrister Patrise Perkins-Hooker as the new chair of the county’s Registration and Elections board. The selection reportedly came as a surprise to some commission members and onlookers seated in commission chambers who thought Lee Morris would get the nod after his nomination the week before by Chair Rob Pitts. But before the vote and opening public comment, Pitts read an e-mail he received from Morris withdrawing his name from consideration.…

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