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  • Hosea

    DeKalb Honors Late Civil Rights Leader and Former County Commissioner Hosea Williams

    DeKalb County honored civil rights leader, philanthropist, former DeKalb County Commissioner and resi-dent, the late Hosea Williams, with a special proclamation on March 10, 2015. Williams’ daughter Elisabeth Omilami accepted the proclamation on behalf of her father.

     

    The Rev. Hosea Williams helped lead the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, John Lewis and many others who joined their fight for equality. Williams led the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, the event now known as Bloody Sunday, and was instrumental in the push to pass the Voting Rights Act.

     

    In 1971, Williams and his wife Juanita founded Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless (HFTH). The Chris-tian international aid organization has distributed more than $3 billion in food and clothing as well as medical, educational, toiletry, furniture and cleaning supplies to 16 Georgia counties, three states and to the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Uganda. In addition to his work in civil rights and philanthropy, Williams was elected to and served on the DeKalb County Board   Read more...

  • Selma

    DeKalb County Students Attend 50th Anniversary of Selma March

    On Saturday, March 7, thousands of marchers, government officials and other public figures gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the March from Selma to Montgomery, and the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This March reflected on a brutal police assault on civil rights demonstrators that spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

     

    Among them were several members of DeKalb Christian Home Educators, a local DeKalb County homeschool support group. “The movie inspired me to go. [Being here] really helped solidify the story,” said Michelle Shaw, the coordi-nator of DeKalb Christian Home Educators. Shaw, who traveled with her two girls to Selma, met up with other members from her home school group.

     

    Several events took place from March 5-9 including Civil and Human Rights Workshops, the Bridge Cross-ing Jubilee-Parade, Battle of the Bands, a step show and ending with Selma to Montgomery Re-enactment March. “We spent the night in Montgomery, Alabama. We went to a step show [Friday] night at a community college and we were a   Read more...

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    Atlanta’s “Most Glorious Easter in History”

    Few will argue that springtime and Easter are the most beautiful times in Atlanta. One hundred years ago in early April, the myriad celebrations of Easter were declared to be the “Most Glorious in History.” Peach-tree Street and other streets were thronged with crowds enjoying “sunshine which was never more splendid, skies never a sweeter blue and all outdoors blossoming with green and gold and rainbow hues which made all Atlanta smile.”

     

    After services at the major churches along Peachtree and in the downtown area, people flocked to meander down the city thoroughfares in all their Easter finery. The celebrated “Easter Parade” was a real event back in 1915 and lasted for hours. Most of the nation was experiencing snow and other bad weather that year, and At-lanta was the exception. Women and men had been shopping for weeks beforehand to don the latest fashions whether it was the new “Trimble” hat for men, Norfolk jackets and knickers for boys, white dresses and “tub frocks” for young girls, or the latest “Easter corsets,” “bust confiners” and “front f   Read more...

  • GACities

    Chamblee to Celebrate Georgia Cities Week

    During the week of April 19-25, Chamblee will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week. This week has been set aside to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribu-tion to a better quality of life in Georgia. The theme, “Destination Downtown” reflects the role cities play in cre-ating a gathering space for people to shop, dine, be entertained and interact with each other.

     

    Throughout our lifetimes, the average person will have more direct contact with local governments than with state or federal governments and because of this, Chamblee feels a responsibility to ensure that the public knows how the city operates and feels connected to their city government.

     

    During this week, the role city government plays in our lives: from historic preservation to trash collection to public safety to promoting the area’s culture and recreation will be recognized. In order for people to join in the celebration and to learn more about Chamblee and how it operates for it citizens, the City will be holding a vari-ety of events th   Read more...

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    Atlanta Creole Heritage Society: ‘Love and Spices’

    The Creole culture is an integral ingredient in the rich gumbo that is Louisiana. The term Creole was first used in this country by French settlers to denote a native-born Louisianan, but the origin of the word is African. There are as many as thirty different definitions of Creole, but it is now most commonly used to describe descen-dants of Louisiana settlers of French, Spanish, African and/or Native-American ancestry.

     

    Irish, German, Italian and Asian immigrants occasionally married into Creole families, further spicing the pot. The Creoles were predominantly Catholic and concentrated in south Louisiana, but there are enclaves in other parts of the state as well. And of course Creoles have a presence in the Peach State melting pot; a fact that the Atlanta Creole Heritage Society (ACHS) is only too proud to point out.

     

    The ACHS was formed in 2012 following a plea by the Creole Heritage Center in Louisiana to establish na-tionwide chapters. The Atlanta group now exists independently of that entity. Its mission is to promote and pre-serve Creole culture through language,   Read more...

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