April Newsletter

Volume 8
April 3, 2019

Hello Everyone,
On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Shaleisa Brewer (Executive Director, These Halls Can Talk, Inc.) and I escorted six Atlanta Public School students (Cameron, Cheyenne, Eric, Moné, Thomas, and Timothy) to Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, to attend the Hazhó’ó Hólné Writing Conference, an annual conference organized by the La Rosa Navajo Youth Leaders.  La Rosa is one of six sites identified in 2017 by Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, to form the inaugural membership of the Next Generation Youth Leadership Network.  This collective of youth leaders from across the nation are engaged in social advocacy, leadership, and action regarding issues and challenges that they care about in their own neighborhoods and communities, and they have been coming together over the last three years to share ideas and experiences.  The original six sites include:  Window Rock, Arizona, in Navajo Nation; rural Vermont; Aiken, South Carolina; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Lawrence, Massachusetts; and our own Atlanta, Georgia, involving students from Booker T. Washington High School and Benjamin E. Mays High School.  Two other sites joined us at this conference:  New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


As I think back on our days at Window Rock, I share with you the amazing sense of pride that I felt in watching our Atlanta students present their work together in a joint session in the company of others like themselves from different sorts of communities—rural and urban, African American, Latin-X, Navajo, white—all taking themselves, their insights, and their talents seriously.  The Washington High students have been working with Shaleisa Brewer (These Halls Can Talk, Inc.) to conduct oral histories of Washington High alumni so that they can learn more about the history of their school and the wonderful impact that the alumni have had across many walks of life.  The Mays High students have been working with Joycelyn Wilson and John Thornton (faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology) to create a documentary that presents a critical understanding of gun violence using a framework that Dr. Wilson has created based on her deep understanding of hip-hop music as a cultural form that systematically protests social, political, and economic conditions.  Suffice it to say that both presentations were absolutely stunning and very well received within this national audience.  Shaleisa and I were very proud of how well these young people represented the youth of our city.

In addition to our student-led session, Katie O’Connell (a PhD student in the College of Design at Georgia Tech) and I did a workshop at the conference on “Telling Stories with Data,” using the CWK Data Dashboard.  If you don’t know about the CWK Dashboard, you can check out our website: 
This session was also well received, so after three days of sharing and learning we came away from the conference with very positive feelings about jobs well done.  I hope that you join me in being proud of our Atlanta student leaders.

Last but not least, I hope that you stay tuned for updates about these young people.  As our tag line for NextGen—ATL says, “The future is already here.”  These students are the evidence of this truth, and all of us need to gather around the youth in our communities to help them to grow and develop into the best selves that they can be.

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc.
AUC Vision Plan
Join the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the design team led by Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) to discuss design concepts and share your thoughts.

TOMORROW! Thursday, April 4th
@ Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business   
Wright Young Hall – Room 129
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact William McFarland at 404-755-0084 or by email at wmcfarland@clarification.us.com.

Tree Talk: Come One, Come All!

A community call to action: Improving Atlanta’s Canopy and Tree Protection Ordinance. Atlanta is known as the “City in the Forest.” Our trees are iconic and fundamental for our city’s well-being and long-term sustainability. Join us Saturday, April 6 at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA to learn about the scheduled review and update of The City of Atlanta’s Tree Protection Ordinance and how you can help protect your community’s trees. This meeting is a family friendly event with a variety of guest speakers, and coffee and sweet treats. 

Saturday, April 6th
9:00am – 11:00am
@ The Villages at Carver YMCA
1600 Pryor Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Click here to Register


Georgia Archives Symposium on:

“Land Use in Georgia: Urban Planning and
Neighborhood Change in the Peach State”

The symposium will feature individual and panel presentations, plus a student performance and lunch slide show of images from collections at the Georgia Archives. Topics include public park development and the evolution of public space; cartographic ‘layering’ to trace the planned and unplanned development of areas over time; public and business reactions to governmental zoning and development changes; and the impact on communities in evolving areas of Georgia.

The symposium is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Lunch will be available for a cash donation.

Saturday, April 6th
@ The Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
10:00am –  4:00pm

This year’s symposium is sponsored by the Georgia Archives and Friends of Georgia Archives and History. Please direct any questions to Caroline Crowell at caroline.crowell@usg.edu, or call the Georgia Archives at 678-364-3710.


The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces the 2019 Contracts for Services Program (CFS) an additional opportunity to apply for funding. Through the CFS program, Small Arts Project and Individual Artists fund, Fulton County-based arts organizations and artists can request funding of $1,500 to $2,500. CFS funding supports the delivery of arts & cultural services throughout Fulton County.
Click here for the link to CFS guidelines and the online application

*The deadline to submit an application for 2019 Small Project Funding is midnight on Friday, April 12th, 2019

Friday, April 12th
@ The Georgia Archives

5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260
There are several manuscript collections held by the Georgia Archives that were created by local genealogists. These collections may hold the clue to unlocking a family’s historical past. Join speaker Tamika Strong for the presentation, which explores the contents of one such collection. Lunch and Learn Programs are free and open to the public and are sponsored by Friends of Georgia Archives and History (FOGAH). No registration is required. Bring Your Own Lunch!

** Othello “Chico” Renfroe Day ** 

Join us for a day of baseball and fun in the sun – let’s play ball!

Saturday, April 13th at 11:00am
@ Historic Washington Park
102 Ollie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
For more information about this event, please visit: https://lifelineanimal.org/outreach/pets-for-life/free-vaccine-clinics.
** SAVE THE DATE ** for the Washington Park Jazz Jamboree in celebration of Historic Washington Park’s Centennial!
Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00pm – 8:00pm
@ Historic Washington Park
102 Ollie Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Free Sports Play Day | Free Fitness Series Classes | Free Jazz | Free Mobile Health Screenings | Food Trucks
For more info visit Beltline.org/jamboree
Upcoming Meetings
Saturday, April 6th
10:00am – 12:00pm
@ Tree House Studios
642 North Avenue, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30318

The English Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA) will be discussing Herndon Home Jobs and Contracts, and the Historic Designation on April 6th.
The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, April 11th
@ 7:00pm
Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, business, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its monthly meeting.

Tuesday, April 9th
11:30am @ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, please call Ms. Gail Mapp: 404-625-6922.
Atlanta NPU Meetings THIS WEEK

2nd Tuesday (April 9th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (April 10th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

Others Upcoming in January:

3nd Tuesday (April 16th) at 6:30pm @ C. A. Scott Recreation Center 
1565 M. L. King, Jr. Dr. 
Atlanta, GA 30314

Visit the City of Atlanta’s site for more information:
Atlanta NPU Meeting Schedule
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