Journalist’s notebook: Andrew Young to receive Council for Quality Growth award

As of today, June 17, June 17 is the most recent federal holiday. President Joe Biden signed a bill declaring Juneteenth as the country’s 12th federal holiday, the most recent in 38 years.

“The month of June marks both a long, hard night of slavery and subjugation and the promise of a brighter morning ahead,” Biden said at a press conference. “It is a day when we remember the moral stain and the terrible toll that slavery has taken and continues to take on the country. Today, I dedicate what should be June 15: a national holiday.

Juneteenth is a day to recognize the end of slavery in the United States

Click here to find out how to celebrate Juneteenth in Atlanta.

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Andrew Young to receive Council for Quality Growth award

Andrew Young will receive the Four Pillar Award this fall from the Council for Quality Growth, a professional association for the development industry.

An early civil rights activist, Young served as mayor of Atlanta, congressman from Georgia, and United States ambassador to the United Nations. He now chairs the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

The Four Pillar Award is presented annually to a recipient chosen to embody the ideals of “quality, responsibility, vision and integrity” of the Sandy Springs Trade Association and “to promote balanced and responsible growth”. The recipients included well-known developers, executives and political leaders such as John Portman, Arthur Blank and former Governor Nathan Deal.

Young will receive the award at an October 14 gala that will include a welcoming address from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and former WSB-TV presenter Monica Pearson will be the emcees.

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– John Ruch

Visitors can see these works in person at The High this summer. (From left to right, Credit / Special: RMN Grand Palais – Adrien Didierjean, Bryony Roberts Studio and Michael McKelve / The High Museum of Art)

Who needs fun in the sun when you have the High?

Art lovers or anyone looking for a fun way to spend the day will be in for a treat this summer.

As of this month, the Top art museum will feature exhibitions with renowned artists and immersive works of art.

the Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder exhibition will debut on June 26, featuring over 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings by the artists.

The exhibition was created by the artists’ grandsons and showcases the innovative work of two of the biggest names in 20th century art.

Electrifying design: a century of lighting will highlight nearly 80 lighting pieces from international designers. The exhibition celebrates how electric lighting has propelled art and technology.

Outside the lines, an immersive and sensory labyrinth, debuts on July 10 in the museum square.

The installation is a curved steel structure with thousands of suspended strands, meant to mimic a forest-like experience, according to the website.

The project is an original idea of ​​Bryony Roberts Studio and advocates the creation of an accessible and engaging space for all visitors, whatever their abilities.

Click here to find out what the High has to offer.

– Hannah E. Jones

Tom Houck and Maria Saporta tell stories of visiting the king’s house. (Credit: John Glenn)

Atlanta Civil Rights Tour reopens

Atlanta is lucky. We are lucky because activists like Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Andrew Young, and CT Vivian have made this town their home.

Tom Houck from Atlanta Civil Rights Tour make sure these stories are not forgotten.

Tours have been halted due to COVID, but public tours will resume on July 3 and private tours are available for booking today.

The three-hour trip takes visitors around town, stretching from Auburn Ave to South-View Cemetery. The bus ride includes a freedom singer and a video of activists Lewis, Young and Julian Bond giving their firsthand accounts of the events that shaped Atlanta.

Civil rights have been a passion for Houck since he was a teenager when he was kicked out of high school for participating in the Selma-Montgomery March in 1965.

Houck’s activism led him to work with King, Lewis, Young, and Maynard Jackson.

Whether you are a local or just passing through, put on your walking shoes and prepare to be amazed by the place Houck calls “the city of heroes”.

Click here to book your ticket for the Civil Rights Tour Atlanta.

– Hannah E. Jones

Artists at work to install the “Tunnel of reflection”. (Credit / Special: MARTA)

MARTA’s latest art installation

Grant Street Tunnel gets a makeover.

MARTA has partnered with art company Dashboard to transform the space near King Memorial Station into a “Tunnel of Reflection.”

“Reflection” has many meanings in this 20,000-piece art installation.

The tunnel is decorated with safety reflectors, creating a unique light effect. The project will also include an oral history of the surrounding neighborhoods highlighting the stories of residents, business leaders and community leaders.

Residents are invited to join the community event for the project on Friday, June 23.

– Hannah E. Jones

Rubber products company to open head office and factory in Coweta

A specialty rubber products company brings a manufacturing plant and headquarters to the Americas in Coweta County.

Semperit Industrial Products is scheduled to open in November at an existing 150,000 square foot facility in the Coweta Industrial Park at 755 Coweta Industrial Parkway. According to a June 15 announcement by Governor Brian Kemp, Semperit plans to create 70 jobs and estimates he will invest $ 9 million in the project.

The announcement did not mention the various public incentives and tax breaks enjoyed by the company. At the county level, Semperit will receive assistance such as bond financing, property tax relief, a one-time cash grant and permit assistance, according to the Coweta County Development Authority. The state government offers the use of the “Georgia Quick Start” program, which provides free training to workers in specialized fields.

Semperit manufactures products such as conveyor belts, rubber hoses and escalator handrails. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, it currently has a distribution center and warehouse in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County.

Semperit is a nearly 200-year-old company headquartered in Austria. For more information, see

– John Ruch

The Oldsmobile 47 was the first car to come out of the General Motors lineup in Doraville. (Credit / Special: The City of Doraville)

Doraville hosts a motor show for its 150th anniversary

Doraville residents are hosting a motor show to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary and bid farewell to the former General Motors assembly plant site.

The factory opened in June 1947 and manufactured vehicles until 2008.

In a month’s time, Gray Television, Inc. will begin construction of a “Studio City”, a production site where GM was located.

The motor show on Saturday July 26 will be filled with food trucks and cool cars from Doraville.

Registrations are open for the show, with particular interest in cars from the Doraville line.

Find out more about the automobile exhibition celebrating the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Doraville.

– Hannah E. Jones

Karen Comer Lowe (Photo credit: Joeff Davis)

Hammonds House appoints new executive director and first chief curator

After two months of research, Hammonds House Museum officially appointed Karen Comer Lowe as new executive director and first chief curator.

Comer Lowe started working at Hammonds House in 1996 and has since taught art classes at Spelman University and served as director and curator of the Chastain Arts Center for 12 years.

The Atlanta native received “Best Curator” in Creative Loafingin the “Best of Atlanta” issue in 2017.

“Her in-depth knowledge of the black visual arts, her expertise in arts administration, her ability to engage with diverse audiences, her commitment to arts education and her bold vision for our future, make her the right fit for following the trajectory we are on and taking the museum to the next level, ”Hammonds House Board Chair Imara Canada wrote in a press release.

Hammonds House, nestled in the historic West End, celebrates the legacy of artists of African descent.

– Hannah E. Jones

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