Meet Me In The Lobby: Julian Bond Passes, Black Churches Maintain Solid Congregations, Atlanta Streets Named For Civil Rights Activists

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JULIAN BOND PASSES

Noted Civil Rights leader Julian Bond passed away at age 75.  Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee.  He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta where he helped develop the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC.

His timeline of achievements is endless, but here are a few of his memorable lifetime accomplishments:

1965–Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives

1968–Nominated at 28 for Vice President at the Democratic National Convention, but declined as he was too young

1971-79–Served as President of the Southern Poverty Law Center

1974-87–Elected to the Georgia Senate for six terms

1974-89–Served as President of Atlanta’s NAACP chapter

1998-2010–Served as National Chair of the NAACP

The former University of Virginia history professor will long be remembered for his dedication to civil and human rights and the struggle for equality.

BLACK CHURCHES MAINTAIN SOLID CONGREGATIONS

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Despite a decline in attendance among white Christian church goers, historically black denominations have maintained their congregations.  According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, attendance for whites dropped from 78 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2014, while black churches held onto “a steady percent of members during that same period.”

Why?  Numerous reasons were described such as the flexible scheduling of services, shorter services, services tailored to attract younger worshippers, and last but not least the historical importance of the church within the black community.

“There are some of our churches that are doing extraordinarily well in terms of captivating and being able to minister to young people,” added Rev. Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA.

For the full story, visit www.christian.today.com

5 ATLANTA STREETS NAMED AFTER CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

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Have you ever wondered about the person a street was named after?  Who are they?  What did they do to warrant a street naming?  Well, if you ever travel to Atlanta, Georgia and see these five thoroughfares, you’ll know the answers to these questions after reading this.

Hamilton E. Holmes Drive is named after one of the first African American students at the University of Georgia and the first African American student at Emory University School of Medicine.  He earned his medical degree in 1967.  Ivan Allen, Jr. Boulevard is named after the only white Southern politician who testified in favor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  He was elected twice as the city’s 52nd mayor.  Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway is named after the first African American regional director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a major federal agency.  In 1962, the attorney assisted in the release of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Georgia State Prison.  He was also successful in suing the University of Georgia to allow racial integration.  John Wesley Dobbs Avenue is named after the co-founder of the Atlanta Negro Voters League.  Known as “the unofficial Mayor of Auburn Avenue,” he successfully lobbied for the integration of the city’s police department and registered 10,000 African American voters during his years of activism.  Finally, Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive is named after The Atlanta Inquirer founder, the first African American member of the Georgia Board of Regents and the Board of Directors for Rich’s Department Store.  The once CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance Company could also be called a confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and would later chair the board at the King Center.

For specific locations of these streets, go to www.accessatlanta.com

AWARDS AND PROMOTIONS:

images-2James Abbington was recently named a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada.  This prestigious award was given to the Emory University professor for his scholarly and written displays and practices of church music, especially African American congregational song.  In 2009, the Morehouse grad published “Let the Church Sing On! Reflections on Black Sacred Music.”  For more on the Hymn Society, visit www.thehymnsociety.org.

riley-iomDr. Wayne J. Riley was named President of the American College of Physicians (ACP).  Riley earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, an M.D. degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.  Riley, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the third African American physician to hold this distinction.  The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States.

PASSINGS:

Former Congressman Louis Stokes

Former Congressman Louis Stokes

Former Congressman Louis Stokes has died.  The 90 year-old was the first African American elected to Congress from the state of Ohio and the first African American member named to the House Appropriations Committee.  According to fellow Clevelanders, the attorney’s congressional career, “bettered the lives of people of every heritage.”  Plans have been made to have Louis Stokes lie in state for a public viewing in the rotunda of the Cleveland City Hall.

images-3Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. has lost one of its own, retired educator Carrie Theodocia Kennedy Reed.  Mrs Reed, known as “Sis,” died in a hospice facility at age 90.  She attended South Carolina State University where she studied English.  Later, she would teach at various schools throughout South Carolina.  Upon retirement, Mrs. Reed devoted her time to her church, the American Association of University Women, the South Carolina Education Association of Retired Educators and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW.

For 35 years, Rev. Dr. James Earl Garmon , Sr served the religious communities of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.  The pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Lawrenceville died recently.  Rev. Garmon served in organizations such as the Pittsburgh Baptist Ministries Conference & Vicinity, the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., and the Black Political Empowerment Project.  The spiritual leader was also appointed by the governor to the Human Relations Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2004.

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