DeKalb County recognized at ‘Good Trouble Honors’ for vaccination efforts

The Center for Civic Innovation hosted the 2022 Good Trouble Honors on March 31 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Among the honorees was DeKalb County, Georgia, for their vaccination initiative. La’Keitha Carlos, the chief of staff to DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, detailed the county’s efforts in getting residents vaccinated. How does it feel […]

Sen. Mitch McConnell said Blacks voted in same high ratio ‘as Americans’

Sen. Mitch McConnell ignited a firestorm in the American heartland when he said that Blacks have voted at the same ratio as “Americans.” Some say it was a slip of the tongue. Others believe the slip was of the Freudian variety where a person accidentally and inconveniently utters publicly what they have harbored beneath the […]

Joe Biden, VP Harris visit AUC; demand passage of John Lewis Voting Rights Act

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Atlanta University Center Consortium on Jan. 10, 2022, to passionately demand passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 by the Senate. The House of Representatives passed the bill in a 219-212 vote in August 2021. “In the days that followed John […]

MLK family calls for ‘no celebration’ on their father’s annual holiday

There may not be a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration this year if the King family and millions of Black Americans don’t get their equal voting rights. The family of the revered civil rights leader is calling for “no celebration” of MLK Day without the passage of voting rights legislation and putting pressure on President […]

Breonna Taylor and George Floyd statues set for auction

Statues of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are set to be auctioned off in order to benefit charities founded in their honor. Sotheby’s and Confront Art are partnering for the auction and the proceeds will be given to We Are Floyd and the Breonna Taylor Foundation. The charities were founded by the families of the […]

Radio host Joe Madison goes on hunger strike until voting rights bill passes

Radio host Joe Madison is currently a week into his hunger strike after announcing on Nov 8. that he’d be abstaining from eating in protest of the voting rights bill not getting passed in the Senate. The National Radio Hall of Fame announcer hosts his own show on SiriusXM Urban View called “Joe Madison – […]

Actor arrested for defacing George Floyd sculpture

Actor Micah Beals was arrested on Oct. 25 for vandalizing a statue of George Floyd earlier this month. The 37-year-old actor, who is best known for his role in “CSI: NY,” was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and later released on his own recognizance. His court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1. The George […]

George Floyd, John Lewis sculptures unveiled in New York park

A striking public art installation that features wooden sculptures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and John Lewis was unveiled in Union Square Park in New York on Thursday, Sept. 30. Created by artist Chris Carnabuci, the installation is the largest social justice art project in New York City.In an interview with ABC7, Carnabuci said, “The […]

Congresswoman Nikema Williams details her plans to close the racial wealth gap

Congresswoman Nikema Williams has fought ferociously for social justice and families over her illustrious political and professional career. Representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District in the United States Congress, Williams is honoring the esteemed legacy of her predecessor and mentor, the late Congressman John Lewis, by continuing the ongoing fight to prevent voter suppression and increase […]

‘Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation’ from the late John Lewis

A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life. Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil Rights Movement and political leadership for decades. A hero we won’t soon forget, Lewis was a beacon […]

Georgia politicians lobbying for John Lewis statue at US Capitol

Even in death, John Lewis may contribute to the healing at the U.S. Capitol as his former colleagues push for a statue of the legendary congressman to be erected where one of a Confederate leader now stands. A bipartisan measure is being sponsored in the Georgia General Assembly by state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and […]

Why some are against renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of John Lewis

Over 500,000 people have signed a petition to have Edmund Pettus Bridge renamed in honor of the late-great John Lewis. On Aug. 7, community and civil rights leaders met in Selma, Alabama to discuss the possible change of the bridge, according to WSB-TV. But while the petition reveals a call for change, some in Selma […]

President Obama eulogizes John Lewis, takes aim at voter suppression

Former President Barack Obama delivered a powerful eulogy for Congressman John Lewis. On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the 44th U.S. president shared details of Lewis’ upbringing and rise as a civil rights leader during the ceremony, which took place at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. “I’ve come here today, because I, like so many […]

President Barack Obama eulogizes Congressman John Lewis (watch live)

Civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, is being celebrated on July 30, 2020, at Ebenezer Baptist  Church in Atlanta. Dignitaries in attendance include former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. Obama will eulogize Lewis. On Friday, July […]

Apple to donate proceeds from John Lewis doc to National Civil Rights Museum, NMAAHC

In tribute to the life and legacy of civil rights hero and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Apple will donate its portion of the proceeds from the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. “Representative John […]

John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge for the final time (video)

American hero John Lewis traveled across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time. In a gripping act of symbolism that characterized his most famous act of valor, the late legendary Congressman Lewis was carried over the bridge in a horse-drawn carriage and his casket was covered with the American flag. […]

Georgia state senator replacing John Lewis on November ballot is rising star

As Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi facilitated a moment of silence after the passing of legendary Congressman John Lewis, the Democratic Party announced the candidate who will appear on the 2020 general election ballot to fill his seat. Democrats selected another dynamic civil servant who also hails from rural Alabama, where […]

John Lewis’ death inspires call for Edmund Pettus Bridge to be renamed

Following the death of civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, many are calling for a historic landmark to be renamed in his honor. On Friday, July 17, 2020, Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, died after being in hospice care in […]

Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis has died

Congressman John Lewis has died at the age of 80 of pancreatic cancer. On July 17, 2020, reports emerged that Lewis died while in hospice care in Atlanta, according to reports by The Daily Beast. Born on Feb. 21, 1940, in Troy, Alabama, Lewis was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an early […]

Omega Psi Phi member Nassim Ashford using internship to study health care

Nassim Ashford is a Mercer University senior who has been selected for one of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Emerging Leaders Internships and will spend this semester working on Capitol Hill. Ashford completed graduation requirements for his bachelor’s degree a semester early and plans to participate in commencement in May. While in college, he […]