February Newsletter

Volume 6
February 5, 2019

With a sense of deep admiration and gratitude, I pay tribute in this February issue of the CWK Newsletter to Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950).  A renowned researcher and scholar of American history and author of over 20 books, Dr. Woodson had many distinctive accomplishments, including the following: 
  1. He co-founded in 1915 the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
  2. In 1916, he launched the Journal of Negro History.
  3. In 1937, he created The Negro History Bulletin designed for students and classroom teachers.
  4. He is perhaps best known for being the founder in 1926 of Negro History Week.    
Dr. Woodson’s goal in organizing Negro History Week was to increase awareness of and interest in African American history.  His visionary and innovative leadership laid the foundation for what has now blossomed into Black History Month.  Black History Month was first organized in 1970 by faculty and students at Kent State University who sought to recognize the lives, cultures, and contributions, not only of African Americans, but of people of African descent throughout the Diaspora.  By 1976, Black History Month was being celebrated across the nation annually in February.  In the bi-centennial year of the founding of the United States of America, then President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month and urged all Americans to honor the contributions of African Americans across all arenas and throughout the history of the nation.  Currently, Black History Month is celebrated officially in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.  

I note that there are concerns these days about African American and African Diaspora history still, after all of these decades, being recognized for just one month a year and not more thoroughly incorporated into American and global history all of the time.  In these troubling times, however, when we struggle to respect, recognize, and honor all citizens of our nation, all human beings around the globe, it seems important to use any opportunities that we have to understand both the pathways behind us and the pathways ahead in addressing complex issues that continue to linger.  We have a way to go to manifest and perfect our nation’s values (freedom, justice, equality).  We have the same array of imperatives for action today that Carter G. Woodson had in 1915—over 100 years ago.  We have the same need to secure positive change as a local and global reality and to sustain it, and, alas, we have the same obligation to be ever-vigilant.
              Please join me in appreciating the lives, contributions, and potential of people of African descent in our nation and our world and in understanding how much we lose when we do not honor, respect, and appreciate all human beings, as well as the Earth on which we collectively abide.
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
Urban Perform was established after residents in the English Avenue neighborhood asked for a safe place to exercise. The gym provides affordable fitness classes to residents, which helps to fight obesity and promote healthy lifestyle changes in neighborhoods on the West Side of Atlanta that otherwise would not have access to exercise facilities. Share your ideas about how to make Urban Perform meet your neighborhood’s needs on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00pm @ 128 Vine Street NW. Food and drink will be provided!  www.urbanperform.org

Health & Housing Partnership Capacity Building
** Section 4 Grant Applications DUE FEB 15th! ** 

One of Enterprise’s primary sources of grant funding is the HUD Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Program, commonly referred to as Section 4. Since Congressional authorization in 1993, the program has helped low-income families and neighborhoods in more than 2,000 urban and rural communities across the country. Enterprise is inviting CDCs and CHDOs who are interested in increasing their capacity to work with the healthcare system to submit a proposal for a $10,000 health and housing partnership Section 4 grant and to work with Enterprise on several healthcare partnership building activities described further in the RFP. Applications are due by February 15, 2019Click here for more information or to apply online.
A Community Outreach event at Charles Harper Memorial Park hosted byThe Conservancy at Historic Washington Park in collaboration with Covenant House and Park Pride on: 
Saturday, February 16th
11:00am – 3:00pm
@ Charles Harper Memorial Park
Across from the Ashby MARTA Station

On Thursday, February 21st The League of Women Voters-Atlanta Fulton Unit is collaborating with the Historic Westin Heights / Bankhead Neighborhood Association to sponsor a Voter Information and Candidate Forum for: Atlanta City Council District 3.

Thursday, February 21st
6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Simpson Street Church of Christ
800 Joseph E. Boone Blvd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Alvin Ailey will be performing at the Fox Theater February 21st through February 24th. This year’s Atlanta performance is part of the Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta program, whose mission is to engage Atlanta’s vibrant cultural community through partnerships between Ailey’s Dance Theater and Atlanta-based cultural, civic, and educational organizations like the Fox. Tickets are on sale now, and there are some special offers available on the website: click here for more information.
10th Annual Black History Celebration!
Thursday, February 28th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
@ Booker T. Washington High School
45 Whitehouse Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Upcoming Meetings
English Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA) will host its regular membership meeting. Please bring proof of EANA membership eligibility in the form of: Current (2017-18) tax bill, lease, or utility bill.

Saturday, February 9th
10:00am – 12:00pm
@ Treehouse Studios
642 North Avenue, Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30318
The RenewAtlanta/ TSPLOST program is hosting a series of public engagement sessions throughout the city.  The 2nd Round of Southwest sessions is scheduled for:

Round 2
Wednesday, Feb 27th
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Both of the Southwest sessions will be held at the C.T. Martin Recreation Center @ 3201 MLK  Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, business, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its monthly meeting.

Tuesday, February 12th
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 (Feb 12th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (Feb 13th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

Others Upcoming in January:

3nd Tuesday (Feb 20th) 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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