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Gammon Theological Seminary Names First Female President

She comes highly credentialed from the state of Florida to take the reigns of her alma mater located at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta’s historic Atlanta University Center (AUC). Dr. Candace M. Lewis chose Gammon Theological Seminary to do her graduate studies after graduating from the University of Florida and has now come back to serve as Gammon’s new President-Dean. Her being named President-Dean is highly significant because in one hundred and thirty-eight years, Gammon Theological Seminary has never had a female president-dean. Dr. Jonathan Holston, Chair of…

Silence Still Prevails Among African-Americans

By James D. Pearce, Jr. In a letter from the Birmingham jail in Alabama, on April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” We are in the 21st century and before us is the urgency to…

Who Are the Primo Partners Black Business Month Feature

Black Business Month Feature What is the correlation between Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, a predominately white company originating from a predominantly white state, and Black Business Month? It is Primo Partners (Team Primo)! Team Primo is a chain of Ben & Jerry’s franchises led by three Black men, who are taking over the southeastern region of the United States. They’re scooping peace, love, ice cream and giving equity and social mission a new sweet twist. Their mission as entrepreneurs is to first and foremost be activists in their communities…

Atlanta Kids Experience Equestrian Activities in Rural Metro Area

The Ride to the Olympics Foundation (RTO) recently hosted its “A Day At The Barn” event, in partnership with the Atlanta Saddle Club Association (ASCA) at the Southside Riders Ranch in Locust Grove, Georgia. The event was an interactive experience for metro Atlanta kids to get acquainted with horses and the people who maintain them. “We brought these kids to Southside Riders Ranch to allow them to experience something new that’s not only enjoyable but educational,” said Deetra Poindexter, RTO Community Engagement Director. “They’re not only learning about horses, but…

Mississippi Minister Called as Pastor of West Hunter Baptist Church

The 140-year-old West Hunter Street Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia has named Mississippi-native Cedrick Von Jackson as its 20th pastor. Pastor-elect Jackson was chosen by the congregants from among three finalists out of the more than 140 applicants for the position. Reverend Jackson succeeds former pastor Dr. Toussaint King-Hill, Jr. who led the church for six years before retiring early in 2020. Sadly, just a few weeks later, Dr. Toussaint, whose first cousin was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., transitioned at his home following a valiant battle with cancer which…

Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) Atlanta Hosts Successful Networking Event

Commercial real estate (CRE) executives and Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) Atlanta former local program directors Solomon Colvin III, Sands Investment Group (left) and Quinn Green, Century 21 (right), flank current REAP Atlanta local program directors Denine Attride, Berkshire Hathaway (second from left) and Njeri Warfield, Skyrise Property Group, at a late July REAP Atlanta networking event held at Gypsy Kitchen. REAP Atlanta, the newly designated hub for REAP South I Region, will continue to host events to augment the virtual ULI (Urban Land Institute)/REAP Fall Academy currently recruiting…

Famed Photographer Celebrates 86 Years

He was born in the great state of New Jersey and moved to Atlanta and has called Atlanta his home for over fifty years. A quiet, yet stern man who got his very first camera while in a “pick-up” dice game behind his barracks when he was in the U. S. Navy. After his stint, he realized early on that he wanted to become a professional photographer and started to pursue his goal, never losing sight of his dream. That all started back in the early 1950s and from that…

#BlackGirlJoyChallenge Offers Mini Grants to Black Girls Ages 12-24

By Teresa D. Southern, Southern Surge Strategies Awards of $400 are open for girls ages 12-24 to apply from August 1 – August 15, 2021 to spread happiness in their communities. Atlanta, Georgia – An organization is stepping in to make sure young black women who have a desire to spread joy to their communities are off to a swift start. Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium asks applicants to describe their ideas for spreading joy with their friends, families, and communities and they will be granted an award of…

C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute (CTVLI) Awards and Fundraiser Event – July 23, 2021

Atlanta, Georgia – The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute (CTVLI) honored social activist, Bryan Stevenson, with its inaugural CTVLI Humanitarian Award. The CTVLI Humanitarian Award was created in honor of Dr. C. T. Vivian, a champion of human rights. Dr. Vivian was a force for social progress in America and around the world. He dedicated his life to fighting injustices and promoting equity. This award recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to enhance the human condition and the common good for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or…

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Visits Original Campus

They had been attempting to make this happen since last year when final plans were being put in place. Then the pandemic struck. Finally, on July 22, 2021, Clark Atlanta University‘s president, Dr. George T. French, Jr. stepped onto the land where the original Clark Atlanta University (CAU) began. This was his first time ever on the original Clark University campus and his first time walking the hallowed halls of the only remaining building left from what was a spiraling campus consisting of approximately 500 acres of prime real estate…

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