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Inside Atlanta's Black Lives Matter movement

This summer, protests galvanized a broad coalition of local activists representing various groups. And they're determined to push political and social reform in the city.
Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Suit alleges Georgia blocked thousands of minority voters from rolls

Less than a week before early voting starts in Georgia’s presidential election, a coalition of voting advocates filed suit Wednesday accusing Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of disenfranchising thousands of residents by blocking their access to vote.
Race isn?셳 on the syllabus in most classrooms. Should it be?

Race isn?셳 on the syllabus in most classrooms. Should it be?

Most teachers avoid discussing race in class, and the recent controversy in Cobb County over a simulation of the Underground Railroad in an elementary school classroom suggests the topic is complex and requires sensitivity.

Historian examines his past in ?쏮aking of a Racist??

In “The Making of a Racist,” historian Charles B. Dew, a descendant of Thomas Roderick Dew, one of the Old South’s most passionate apologists for slavery, provides a candid, courageous and introspective examination of the attitudes and beliefs that made him “a racist, an accidental racist perhaps … but a racist nonetheless” until his final year at Williams College, 1957-1958.
'White Rage' author: 'We know that racism is alive and well'

'White Rage' author: 'We know that racism is alive and well'

Back in 1999, Carol Anderson was watching the aftermath of the shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant in New York City, who was gunned down by police as he reached for his wallet.

Blacks beg to differ with Trump?셲 depiction

ATLANTA — Demeitrus Williams has heard what Donald Trump has been saying recently about black people: That their neighborhoods were “war zones.

?쁁lood at the Root??

All night, as Mae Crow drifted in and out of consciousness, searchers called through the pines, the sound of her name rising and fading into the drone of the tree frogs.
Gwinnett churches seek to bridge racial divides

Gwinnett churches seek to bridge racial divides

At the First Baptist Church of Lilburn, the congregation gathered in the main sanctuary on any given Sunday looks much the same as it has for decades — mostly white, many graying.
Meet the Georgian charged with bringing black voters to the GOP

Meet the Georgian charged with bringing black voters to the GOP

The Republican Party’s latest attempt to persuade black voters to join the party rests on the shoulders of a former Georgia Democrat who once stood on stage of that party’s national convention and declared himself an enthusiastic John Kerry supporter.

Shades of Blue

Special presentation: A day in the lives of two Atlanta police officers?봮ne black, one white?봞nd how recent police shootings have changed them.
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Shades of Blue

Special presentation: A day in the lives of two Atlanta police officers?봮ne black, one white?봞nd how recent police shootings have changed them.
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Roswell officer fired over Confederate flag to fight termination

Roswell officer fired over Confederate flag to fight termination

A Roswell police sergeant who was fired from her job this month for flying the Confederate battle flag in front of her house is appealing her termination and said Tuesday she had no idea the flag was controversial.
Black Lives Matter groups to meet with Mayor Reed. Then what?

Black Lives Matter groups to meet with Mayor Reed. Then what?

A week after boarding an armored van together outside the Governor’s Mansion, several members of the Black Lives Matter movement, Mayor Kasim Reed and his cabinet will meet Monday morning to further discuss a problem older than the city itself: the frayed relationship between African-Americans and the police.
Leadership Atlanta forum sparks ?쁳ough conversation??on race

Leadership Atlanta forum sparks ?쁳ough conversation??on race

More than 250 people showed up Wednesday night at an East Point forum to express concern, frustration and anger over mounting tensions around the country between the black community and law enforcement officers.
In metro Atlanta, a fractured conversation on race and police

In metro Atlanta, a fractured conversation on race and police

As 10,000 marchers gathered in Atlanta’s Centennial Park on Friday in the aftermath of a nightmarish week of police shootings, there was a soul-deep conflict evident in the voices of the protesters.
As Airbnb grows, so do claims of discrimination

As Airbnb grows, so do claims of discrimination

When Ronnia Cherry, 30, and Stefan Grant, 27, rented a house in Atlanta through Airbnb last year, they were caught off guard by police officers at their door, with guns drawn, responding to a neighbor’s report that they were thieves.
Jesse Williams delivers impassioned speech on race at BET Awards

Jesse Williams delivers impassioned speech on race at BET Awards

LOS ANGELES ??In perhaps the most memorable moment of Sunday night's BET Awards, "Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams delivered an impassioned, nearly six-minute-long speech on racism. Williams is an activist, board member for the Advancement Project and executive producer of the documentary "Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement."
Supreme Court ruling revives importance of campus diversity

Supreme Court ruling revives importance of campus diversity

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program has little direct impact on Georgia’s public colleges, legal and admissions experts said.

How shell company harmed Atlanta neighborhood

There are many reasons why scofflaw owners escape consequences, but in the case of the derelict house at 1045 Ashby Grove in west Atlanta and many others, it?셲 because police can?셳 find anyone to bust.
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Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali helped Atlanta shine as he inspired generations

Muhammad Ali was a champion before he was a pariah, a hero before he was an activist. He was an icon before he was a patient, a global presence before he lit up the Atlanta sky.
Morehouse-Spelman wedding video goes viral

Morehouse-Spelman wedding video goes viral

It is safe to say that this might be the best week of Phil Walker’s 23-year-old life. On Sunday, he graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s in biology.
Tubman to replace Jackson on $20 bill, King to appear on back of $5 bill

Tubman to replace Jackson on $20 bill, King to appear on back of $5 bill

The greatest year in the real and mythical life of Alexander Hamilton just got better. On Wednesday, two days after the Broadway smash “Hamilton” won the Pulitzer Prize, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that a woman will not replace the face of the founding father and treasury secretary for President George Washington on the $10 bill.
Macon judge?셲 'stop acting like trash' video goes viral

Macon judge?셲 'stop acting like trash' video goes viral

Verda Colvin never wanted to be a star. On March 25, the Atlanta native and Bibb County Superior Court judge launched into an impassioned nine-minute speech in her courtroom to a bunch of at-risk kids in Macon.
State lawmaker?셲 Klan comments rebuked by colleagues, critics

State lawmaker?셲 Klan comments rebuked by colleagues, critics

Some of state Rep. Tommy Benton’s Republican colleagues Friday sought to distance themselves from his controversial comments about the Ku Klux Klan and slavery, while Democratic activists called on House Speaker David Ralston to strip him of his chairmanship.
Where the largest U.S. slave sale happened

Where the largest U.S. slave sale happened

“The Weeping Time,” was the largest single sale of slaves in the nation’s history. It took place in Savannah in 1859, and today, it is remembered only by a lone marker in a tiny park, a quarter mile away from where the sale happened.

The little-seen tabby cabins of Ossabaw

The little-seen tabby cabins of Ossabaw

If the Civil War was fought to maintain the economic power unpaid slave labor produced for the region, then it was waged over the very people who lived in these three cabins more than 160 years ago: enslaved African-Americans who grew Sea Island cotton for wealthy Georgia planters.

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From humble cabin to monument

From humble cabin to monument

As Southerners debate how to commemorate our past, the story of slavery often gets overlooked. This is the story of one of Georgia's few remaining slave cabins, and the two women -- one black, one white -- who joined to save it.

All their lives the two women have heard talk of Southern heritage. But ever since a white kid young enough to be their grandson wrapped himself in the memory of the battle flag and snuffed out nine black lives in a Charleston church, it seemed the talk had turned to a screech. Legacy and racism. Pride and hate. Heritage and slavery.

And so, as the South Carolina troopers lowered the battle flag, rolled it into a tidy coil and tied it with string, the two women stood together in the cabin in the Sautee Nacoochee valley and marveled at what they’d done. Working together over the course of 15 years they had saved this speck of antebellum history and heritage. It is one of the last surviving slave dwellings in Georgia.

Black career women's hair hurdle: Natural or straightened?

Black career women's hair hurdle: Natural or straightened?

To perm or not to perm? That was the question Angela Green, a biracial Greenville, N.C., television anchor, posed to an African-American female intern at her station last week.
Georgia Capitol heavy with Confederate symbols

Georgia Capitol heavy with Confederate symbols

This summer’s mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by an avowed white supremacist reopened a long-simmering conflict over Confederate and segregationist symbols across the South.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream before the dream

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream before the dream

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Martin Luther King Jr. was about 12 minutes into what was supposed to be a seven-minute speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, when he was momentarily distracted by his friend and muse, Mahalia Jackson.
Shaun King says he hasn?셳 lied about his race

Shaun King says he hasn?셳 lied about his race

Shaun King, the #blacklivesmatter activist who has been accused of being a white man "passing" as black, posted an impassioned defense Thursday in which he said the man listed on his birth certificate is not his biological father.
Hundreds rally at Stone Mountain for Confederate flag

Hundreds rally at Stone Mountain for Confederate flag

L.C. Thornton, a tall black man in a ball cap and sunglasses, trained his camera Saturday across a sea of waving Confederate flags attached to the beds of hundreds of pickup trucks and SUVs.
Art of survival

Art of survival

The lone air conditioning vent inside the sealed garage is about rusted shut, but Fahamu Pecou is sitting here battling in the heat because he has to.
The nation?셲 poet

The nation?셲 poet

The National Book Festival along the Mall in Washington is thronged with readers and authors who’ve come to revel in the written word on this fall day in 2004.
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