The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office rolled out a new effort to ensure cases involving LGBTQ+ persons are handled properly. Today, twenty-eight advisors were publicly introduced to fulfill the committee’s mission; community safety for all.
The City of Atlanta already has an LGBTQ+ Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the Mayor that assist with policies to enhance engagement with the LGBTQ+ community. However, the DA’s effort will solely concentrate on crime and safety.
Deputy District Attorney Will Wooten, who spearheaded this initiative, found an opportunity to reduce crime in the community because of his own fear of retaliation for being gay.
“We wanted to make sure we intentionally included from every letter in LGBTQ+ and include people form communities of color because the dynamics are different,” said Wooten.
To learn more about the Fulton County DA’s initiative, visit them online or follow them on social media.
Yesterday, The Millennium Gate Museum premiered a special exhibit and book release in honor of Civil Rights icon, Andrew Young’s ninetieth birthday.
The exhibit, as well as the book, “The Many Lives of Andrew Young”, written by Ernie Suggs, tells the inspirationally dramatic story of Ambassador Young as tribute to and chronicle of the life of a man whose service and activism helped mold the face of modern American society.
“When at the close of my Administration in January 1981, I awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Andrew Young and I cited his lifetime of dedication to human rights. Andy is a great man and a national treasure.”
President Jimmy Carter
The book features hundreds of full-color photos that capture the life and times of Andrew Young as he journeyed across the political spectrum. Additionally, the exhibit itself provides viewers an in-person experience of Ambassador Young’s life by displaying personal items, memorabilia, and study material.
Although Power The Votestarted its efforts in Georgia, a battle ground state that flipped blue in the 2020 Presidential Election, the team has taken what they’ve learned and is applying it to other states that have experienced voter suppression in their communities.
The Millennium Gate Museum will display Ambassador young’s exhibit until June 11th, 2022 and The Many Lives of Andrew Young is now available for purchase at local retailers and online.
Recognizing those who paved the way for African American journalists.
Through decades of sharing truths and informing the public, black journalists have only been able to spread knowledge mainstream in the late 20th century. As a journalist from The South, it’s imperative that I reflect and pay homage to my professional predecessors, because without them, I would not stand where I am today.
Janis L. Ware
Janis Ware cofounded The Atlanta Voice in 1966 in the heat of the Civil Rights era in the southeast and continues to lead the organization for the well being of Atlanta’s community. She has continued The Atlanta Voice mission as a leader and provider of communal information.
Andre Moses White
In 1980, Andre White and his son founded The Georgia Sentinel, a progressive news outlet for Atlanta’s African American community. While building business in Atlanta, White became the President of the Auburn Avenue Merchants Association and re-established the Auburn Avenue Festival.
John B. Smith Sr.
John B. Smith Sr. was a publisher fo the Atlanta Inquirer and a leading voice for young Black voices during the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta. The Atlanta inquirer was a beacon of light for journalistic truth which pushed the city forward. This produced the integration of services, minority students into white schools, all in the absence of violence.
An acclaimed journalist who was amongst the first group of anchors on CNN. Shaw covered groundbreaking stories including the death of Princess Diana, the Persian Gulf War, the Tiananmen Square revolt and more.
SourcesThe Atlanta Inquirer
The Michigan Chronicle
Moses White Foundation