Category: Atlanta

National Action Network Board asks Rev. Al Sharpton to delay plans to step down for two years

The Board Chair of National Action Network (NAN), Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, has asked NAN Founder Rev. Al Sharpton to delay his plans to step down as President of NAN in 2019 upon his sixty-fifth birthday. Rev. Sharpton told board members last year that he wanted to focus on his radio and TV platforms, completing two documentaries and concentrate on his long standing dream of building a civil rights museum in Harlem where none currently exists.

Spelman’s Tamara Natalie Madden, Who Painted Ordinary People of African Ancestry Into Royalty, Passes Away Suddenly

Tamara Natalie Madden, an artist and professor of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, has died. She was 42.

The Tom M. Wages Funeral Home outside Atlanta confirmed her death, saying she died as a result of ovarian cancer at her home in Snellville, Georgia, on Nov. 4.

Former Mayoral Candidate Kwanza Hall Endorses Keisha Lance Bottoms for Mayor

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Bottoms lands the endorsement of Councilman Kwanza Hall in the December runoff. The two joined for a joint press conference at John Wesley Dobbs Plaza. Mayor Kasim Reed, who endorsed Bottoms early on, applauded Hall’s decision to endorse Bottoms for Mayor. “We agree that Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best choice for the future of our city,” he tweeted. “This is a huge day for Keisha Bottoms’ campaign for Mayor. I look forward to seeing her and Kwanza Hall work together for Atlanta’s future.”

New Women’s Empowerment Book Reveals 10 Steps to Quitting Your Day Job

It may be shocking to some to discover that 43 percent of professional women with children want to leave corporate America. The problem: they stay because they struggle to see the value in themselves. It’s a vexing problem to which author, speaker, medical professional, and successful entrepreneur Naomi Sodomin offers real solutions. In her new self-help book, “Embrace the Mirror” she gives tips to self-discovery, awakening your spirit and learning from others’ stories of triumph and failure.

Bottoms, Norwood in Runoff to Become Atlanta Mayor

Atlanta’s next mayor will be a woman for second time in the city’s history.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the city of Atlanta, the mayor’s race will be heading into a runoff between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood — neither of whom cleared the 50 percent plus one mark that would have been needed to secure an outright win on Election Day.

What to Know Now: Election Day

Today is election day across the United States, and the city of Atlanta is holding a general election for mayor, city council president, three at-large council members, 12 by-district council members, and 10 city judges. Twelve candidates are in the running to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed, who served two terms in the city that has been helmed by African-American leadership in its top office for 40 years.

Quincy L.A. Springs IV’s New Restaurant in Vine City Will Honor Civil Rights Heroes

The corner of Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is pretty much Main and Main for the civil rights movement in Atlanta. It’s at this intersection that leaders like Joseph E. Boone, Ralph David Abernathy and Andrew Young lived, worked and planned the protests and marches that would shape the country. It’s also the location of the newest Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta.

Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee To Meet

The second meeting for the advisory committee to review street names and city-owned monuments linked to the Confederacy in the City of Atlanta is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall. The first committee meeting was held on October 18.

H.J. Russell & Company Launches S.P.A.C.E. Venues

There aren’t too many companies that can claim to be a bigger part of constructing Atlanta’s skyline and urban development than H.J. Russell & Company (Russell). It was the late Herman J. Russell – nationally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the founder of one of the nation’s most respected and sustainable minority-owned business empires – who invested in developing the west side of Atlanta before the west side was trendy. It is the west side of Atlanta where, exactly 25 years apart, the highly anticipated Mercedes-Benz Stadium, built with Russell’s involvement as part of the HHRM Joint Venture (JV) (Holder, Hunt, Russell, Moody), and the soon to be demolished Georgia Dome was built as part of the Barton Malow, Beers, Holder, Russell JV.

The Final Word: Atlanta’s Mayoral Race 2017

The Atlanta Daily World team reached out to each of the qualifying Atlanta Mayoral Candidates to give them the final word on the upcoming election on November 7th. After polling our readers for issues of most pressing concern, we sent each candidate four questions that we believe will give our audience more insight into how an administration under their leadership would approach these matters – matters relating to gentrification, black business development, government transparency and affordable housing taking precedence. Six of the field’s candidates submitted responses: Peter Aman, Ceasar Mitchell, John Eaves, Kwanza Hall and Cathy Woolard. At press time, we did not receive responses from candidates Rohit Ammanamanchi, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Vincent Fort, Laban King, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling and Glenn Wrightson. Sterling and King have both suspended their campaigns for Mayor, however, both names will remain on the November 7 ballot.

ADW Endorses Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor

As a lifelong resident and son of this city, Ceasar Mitchell’s name has become synonymous with “community.” Mitchell has been groomed in the virtues of service by family and the extended village of elders in his life, and has blazed a trail professionally and civically while rolling up his sleeves and extending a hand to others around him.

Civil Rights Leaders, Clergy Support Federal Crackdown on Payday Lending

After five years of field hearings, town hall meetings, multiple research reports, and over one million comments, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced a new rule to rein in predatory payday and car-title loans.