Author: LaDawn LBJ Jones

#SchoolWalkOut Done Right

Last week I posted the viral embarrassment of a Fulton County school during the #SchoolWalkOut.   The teachers or administration of the North Fulton school gave the students the right to speak — only if the students spoke about things that made the administration happy.  With two additional school walk outs planned in the near future,

California to Georgia: Trust [some] Black Women

  People outside of Georgia are once again making bold, inappropriate, and uninformed statements about Georgia political issues. A recent BuzzFeed1 article cites California native and Abrams donor saying it would be “political suicide” for the newly elected Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms to support anyone other than the black candidate. I feel like this

The Deal of the Deeds

This week Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council reached an agreement to transfer some of the Atlanta Public School property deeds possessed by the City of Atlanta back over to the schools.  The school system and city split in 1970 but some of the property ownership was still in question.  Under

Austin Thomas Walden – Georgia Black History

Judge Austin Thomas Walden was the first black Georgian appointed to be a judge after Reconstruction.  During Walden’s career as a lawyer he had several landmark cases including pay equity for black teachers, allowing African Americans to vote in party primaries, and the desegregation of Atlanta city buses and public schools. Born in Fort Valley,

Forsyth, GA – Georgia Black History

It was 1912, and while the rest of the country was in the era of American Imperialism, parts of Georgia was stuck in the Reconstruction Era.  This was the year that white residents of Forsyth County cleansed the area of the entire black population.  Approximately 1,100 black residents, business owners, land owners, children, and elderly