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Schools Struggle with Reopening Amid Pandemic Surge

Local officials test an array of approaches that offer hope for safe re-openings. By Hazel Trice Edney / Trice Edney News Wire (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically during…

Richard W. Wills, Sr. Resigns as Senior Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Richard W. Wills, Sr. has served as senior pastor at Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta since 2015. For 5 1/2 years, he invested strength and leadership into the role of helping to foster a vibrant church with a global impact. With much prayer and counsel, Dr. Wills decided that this chapter of pastoral leadership has drawn to a close. He relocates to focus on the immediate needs of his family. On Sunday, September 5, 2021, he will preach his final sermon as Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. His mutual…

#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…

Inquirer Friend and Activist Henrietta Antoinin Honored by State of Georgia with Proclamation

Inquirer Friend and Activist Henrietta Antoinin Honored by State of Georgia with Proclamation Atlanta’s Ms. Henrietta Antoinin was recognized by the community for her service and activism on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Friendship Baptist Church on Walnut Street in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. Friends, family and political leaders gathered and applauded as Georgia Representative Donna McLeod (Georgia’s 105th District) presented a proclamation to Antoinin from the State of Georgia. Henrietta Antoinin is the retired vice president of corporate affairs of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. She was the face of…

Honoring and Remembering APD Officer Gregory L. Davis

By Kelly Stocks, President, L5P Business Association This August marks the 33rd year since Atlanta Police Department (APD) Police Officer Gregory L. Davis was shot and killed in the line of duty while protecting our neighborhood. His memory is honored by a plaza in Little 5 Points which was named for him. Gregory L. Davis Plaza is the only public space named in honor of a fallen police officer in the City of Atlanta.  On August 26, 1988, Officer Davis stopped a man on a bicycle to question him about…

Saving Our Sons (S.O.S.) Rites of Passage Program, Camp, Academy in East Point, Georgia

Saving Our Sons (S.O.S.) Rites of Passage Program, Camp, Academy in East Point, Georgia will begin its camp on June 25, 2021. Spaces are limited. Please call and sign up now. This camp’s program is for males aged 8 to 15 and focuses on violence prevention and anger management. The camp will meet on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and on Tuesdays (Family Night) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided. Field Trips Field trips will include: Atlanta Braves Baseball Games,…

Juneteenth: African-American Emancipation Day… Now a Federal Holiday

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, sending it to Biden’s desk for signature into law. The final vote on the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was 415-14. Some Republicans objected to the title of the bill, saying that it was improper given the July 4 holiday commemorating the passage of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 by the Continental Congress. “We cannot change the future if we do not recognize the past,” Representative Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio,…

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