Before Civil Rights activist Leon Hall passed away, he told his son Kwanza not to get into politics. Somehow, though, the Hall legacy of getting involved and taking charge had already been passed along and young Kwanza was set to do what came naturally.
Now in his second term, Councilman Kwanza Hall has represented the 4th ward/District 2 in Atlanta for nine years. He acts for the most socio-economically and culturally diverse district in the city. His district includes, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Atlantic Station, and Inman Park. Rolling Out caught up with Hall at a coffee shop to talk about local politics and Mayor Kasim Reed. –tammie reed
What are the biggest misconceptions about being a politician?
One of the biggest misconceptions is that most politicians are in it for themselves. I think that generally people are trying to make a difference. Some politicians are crooked and get money off of everything, but it’s actually the opposite [with others] – especially here in Atlanta.
What steps are being taken to eliminate the high unemployment rate in the city?
With the help of the Federal Government and our Mayor Kasim Reed, we have the Atlanta Workforce Agency. They have weekly job fairs for opportunities. I’m focused on small businesses and helping them grow, because they’re the ones who are hiring.
Tell us about a day in the life of Kwanza Hall?
I wake up early, check all of my social media networks – especially Facebook and Twitter [laughing], I tweet, cook breakfast, conduct conference calls, then hold face-to-face meetings all over the place in my district, then it’s off to City Hall.
What are your goals as a councilman?
I have four goals in front of legislative council right now. First, the pouring hours from 2-4am. Second, the pilot program for Edgewood to spur economic development. Third, to make food trucks legal in the City of Atlanta. And fourth, the cultural heritage plan for honoring citizens in downtown Atlanta.
Do you think Mayor Kasim Reed is doing a good job?
I think that Mayor Kasim Reed is taking our city in the right direction. He’s doing the right thing and making good decisions.
For more information, visit www.kwanzahall.com.