Category: Atlanta

Clark Atlanta University Celebrates African-American History Month with Symposium on Race Relations and Economic Inequality

Feb. 22-23 Event Assesses Progress Since Birth of Du Bois, Death of King

High Museum of Art Names Obama Portraitist Amy Sherald Recipient of David C. Driskell Prize

The High Museum of Art today announces artist Amy Sherald as the 2018 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of her contributions to the field of African-American art. A Georgia native now based in Baltimore, Sherald is acclaimed for her profoundly creative and distinctive portraits of African-American subjects. In 2017, she received the commission to paint former first lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which will be unveiled on Feb. 12, 2018.

51 New Affordable Housing Units Are Secured for Legacy Renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside

 Announcement supports Mayor’s $1 billion public-private Atlanta Affordable Housing Initiative, Champions Westside Future Fund’s collective-impact model for resident retention 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced  another step forward in mitigating the displacement of legacy renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside, one of the City’s most vulnerable communities.

Do Gooders: Goodie Nation Partners with National Program That Will Train and Support Entrepreneurs

Goodie Nation is partnering with UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager, and Village Capital, an organization that finds, trains and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, to launch the VC Pathways program in Atlanta.

NEW GIG: Yvonne Cowser Yancy Named The Fresh Market’s SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

The Fresh Market Inc., a leading specialty grocery retailer, has named Yvonne Cowser Yancy as the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

Fifty Years After Historic Sanitation Strike, Thousands of Cooks, Cashiers to Carry on Fight for Higher Pay, Union Rights with Strikes, Protests Nationwide


On Feb. 12, the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the historic Memphis sanitation strike, Atlanta fast-food workers will rally as part of a wave of protests in cities across the country, vowing to continue the fight for better wages and union rights that sanitation workers started half a decade ago. Here in Atlanta, fast food workers will rally outside a local McDonald’s and pledge to join forces with activists in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival this spring for a massive wave of civil disobedience.  

UniverSoul Circus Kicks Off 25th Year Tour in Atlanta

The evolution of Circus continues.

UniverSoul Circus will return to Atlanta Feb. 7, celebrating 25 high-flying years as America’s top-ranked venue for music, laughter and unrivaled performance artistry.  UniverSoul has transformed the world’s urban entertainment landscape with an unforgettable display of music, laughter and extreme thrills.

Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Newest Class Announced

The City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) today announced its 2018-19 cohort of 15 entrepreneurs. As the nation’s only city-funded incubator for women business owners, WEI provides an ecosystem of educational resources, access to funding assistance and mentorship to women business owners.

City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools Reach Agreement to Transfer Property Deeds

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen today announced that the City of Atlanta has reached an agreement with the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to transfer deeds for 50 properties to the school system. The Bottoms Administration will submit an ordinance to the Atlanta City Council today to authorize transfer of the Quitclaim Deeds, without restriction or condition.

A Record-breaking 31 House Republicans Won’t Seek Re-election in 2018

A whopping 31 House Republicans will not be seeking re-election in November, NPR reportsincluding Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who announced his impending retirement from Congress on Wednesday. The 2018 GOP exodus is a new record: The last time there was such a massive departure from Congress was when 28 Democrats left in 1994, and Republicans subsequently seized control.

Most significantly, Republicans in states won by Hillary Clinton are leaving in droves. “Vulnerable House Republicans would clearly rather call it quits than stand for re-election with a deeply unpopular agenda hanging over their heads,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law told NPR. NBC News’ Jesse Rodriguez made a similar point:

UGA Law Launches Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham Scholars Program

Named in honor of Georgia Supreme Court Justice and alumnus Robert Benham, the new program aims to make UGA Law a possibility for Georgians who think it’s beyond their reach.

The University of Georgia School of Law has created a new program to attract and support diverse students, particularly those from rural areas, who might think the law school is beyond their reach.