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The Election of 2020 and The Future of America

By Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. Every day, some speaker, writer, analyst, teacher, commentator or someone in casual conversation quotes the words of Dr. King. However, there are two things we often miss or avoid. The first is Dr. King’s total commitment to non-violence and social and political transformation – a revolution of values. Secondly, Dr. King’s sermon topic sent to the church secretary for the Sunday worship at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, before his assassination, “Why America May Go to Hell.” I had a conversation with…

Just a 10-Year-Old But… I Remember the Student Movement of 1960-1964 – Up Close and Personal

As much of a researcher and history buff as I am (or claim to be), I almost let one of Atlanta’s most significant civil rights moments of 60 years ago slip right past me. I forgot that in 1960, students from Morehouse, Clark College (now CAU), Morris Brown College, Spelman, Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) created the Atlanta Student Movement. Thanks to an intergenerational conversation broadcast over Facebook Monday, October 19 and assembled by a small but vocal cadre of former students, the historical episode lit up…

Atlanta Inquirer Endorsements for Georgia Elections

Vote Early Georgia Georgia voters can vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Atlanta Inquirer Endorsements for Georgia Elections President of the United States: Joseph R. (Joe) Biden Vice President of the United States: Kamala D. Harris 33 of the 100 United States Senate seats are up for regular election, across the country. Special election will also occur to fill…

Op-ed: Ugly licensing rules push beauty workers to the fringes

By Jessica Gandy and Daryl James Hair braider Dara Collier knows her craft. She started practicing twists and weaves as a child, until she mastered each look. Customers near Atlanta appreciate her advanced skills, but Georgia regulators will not let her do something more basic: shampooing. Washing clients’ hair outside a state-approved salon without cosmetology credentials is illegal in Georgia. As a self-employed braider, Collier does not need an occupational license to run her business. But that also means she cannot legally cleanse hair—something she would like to do as…

C. T. Vivian’s Place in History is Secure!

C. T. Vivian’s Place in History is Secure! By Bunnie Hayes Jackson-Ransom First Class, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia https://www.FClassInc.com/ Special Correspondent to The Atlanta Inquirer Dr. Vivian was a walking-talking history book. Maybe I know this because our paths cross so very much lately. We show up at the same community events. I have visited him in his home library/office – which is another amazing experience. He was a dearly beloved friend. What a life this man has led. A civic leader, minister, educator, author, community activist and much more, Dr.…

Here’s How Georgia Can Protect Our Elections

The election is just months away, and Georgia is running out of time to fix the voting deficiencies that plagued its primary elections. State and federal leaders must urgently invest in and put in place changes across the country, so all eligible voters have equal access to the ballot box, and no American has to choose between their safety and their constitutional right to vote. As we wait for the U.S. Senate to take up debate on the next Congressional coronavirus response package, we ask you to urge Georgia Senators…

Systemic Racism Explained

By ACT.TV Systemic Racism Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ ACT.TV is a progressive media company specializing in next generation live streaming and digital strategy. The ACT.TV YouTube channel focuses on animated explainers, livestreams from events and protests around the country, and original political commentary.

‘What Can I Do?’ Message from Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Director at Georgia Tech

See a post of Shanta Crichlow entitled, “What Can I Do?” Shanta Crichlow is an alumna and former athlete of Georgia Tech and currently serves as the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Georgia Tech. https://mailchi.mp/246a59103fae/what-can-i-do https://my.fca.org/shanta_crichlow

‘No Justice, No Peace’ Sermon by Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel

Atlanta Metro Pastor Raises Questions to Help the Nation Move Toward Peace. “No Justice, No Peace” “When are we going to condemn systemic racism with the same moral urgency that we condemn riots?” Stone Mountain, Georgia – June 6, 2020 –– Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (Victory for the World Church) challenged the nation’s leadership to practice Christian principals and condemn racism in the oppression and killing of Black people. In his sermon on Sunday, June 7, the Pastor of the Victory for the World Church located in Stone Mountain, GA,…

We Say Their Names… But Do We Really Exercise Power!?

By Ronald J. Freeman, Sr., Esq. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass We have the POWER. Amadou Diallo, February 1999 (New York City) –Eric Garner, July 2014 (New York) – unarmed; Michael Brown, August, 2014 (Ferguson ) – unarmed; Walter Scott, April 2015 (North Charleston) – unarmed; Philando Castile, July 2016 (Minneapolis) – unarmed; Breonna Taylor, May, 2020 (Louisville) – unarmed George Floyd, May, 2020 (Minneapolis) – unarmed; 39 UNARMED African Americans were killed by the police in 2016. By…