Decatur Dispatch - April 2018 - page 1

Volume 28, No. 4 •
APRIL 2018
Decatur Dispatch
Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill
April 22nd
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Celebrates 148 Years in
DeKalb County
Associate Minister, Reverend Comfort Ellis, joins in a Gospel
sing-a-long celebrating the 148th anniversary of Mt. Zion
African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Decatur.
Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church
invited the community to help celebrate it’s 148th anniver-
sary in March with a Gospel sing a-long led by Minister
of Music, Sister Adrienne ‘Polly’ Nelms Hickman. She
was joined by Louise Herbert, Pastor, Rev. Lemora Dobbs,
church members and visitors in rousing renditions of hymns
and spiritual songs that Sister Nelms Hickman said would
pay “homage to those whose feet have come before.”
Originally known as Rocky Knoll A.M.E. when it was
established in 1870 under the leadership of the Rev. Granison
Daniel, Mt. Zion A.M.E. is recognized as the oldest A.M.E.
Church in Decatur. A 2016 Resolution from the House of
Representatives of the State of Georgia recognized the rich
history and community contributions of Mt. Zion A.M.E.
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400+ Attend Decatur
Community Session, Give Input
Some of 3x5 idea cards tacked to boards with grass roots
ideas on possible uses of city’s newly acquired property.
(Bill Banks for
It was in mid-February, a remarkable first of 4 public
meetings of Decatur citizens. The topic: ideas on how the city
should use 77 acres with 10 buildings on the old United Meth-
odist Children’s Home recently added to the city. The method-
ology was democratic as more than 400 participants roamed
about the old campus. Writing ideas on low-tech index cards,
they tacked them in a colorful array with photos on bulletin
boards, as seen in our headline image, resembling a collage.
The large-scale meeting was a little madcap but very
creative, as brainstorming sessions are intended. It was
interesting how some consensus emerged that reflected
values of Decatur citizens. Recreation had a high priority
for suggested uses: a cycling park, cross-country course,
live music venue, catch & release fishing. One popular
idea was a track, which Decatur High’s never had (really?).
Decatur’s great heart came out in ideas for affordable
housing, always important in the densely settled town. The
Coalition for Diverse Decatur (CDD) was loud and clear.
“We envision an integrated community, with seniors and
non-seniors, with disabled and able bodied,” said John
Michael with CDD, known for its idealism and promise.
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