May Newsletter

Volume 1.9
May 9, 2019

Hello Everyone,

Spring, with summer nipping always at its heels, is the time of year in the Sunny South when we enjoy daily the natural beauty of our city—the luscious green canopy, the fragrantly flowering trees and shrubs, the gentle breezes, and sometimes the not so gentle rains. As the Earth renews itself, it is a moment when we are reminded to count our blessings as humans on our precious blue planet.

At the same time that we appreciate the renewal of life, we are mindful that we experience losses as well. This week, we offer our farewells to another pioneering leader, Emma Ione Darnell, Fulton County Commissioner representing District 6, who died at home on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Ms. Darnell was first elected to the Commission in 1992, serving currently in her eighth term. How do we even begin, in a short tribute to her leadership, to do justice to her life, work, and legacy as a trailblazing leader and advocate for good government and social justice. Well, we can’t really capture in this newsletter the fullness of Ms. Darnell’s story. What we can do instead is acknowledge our gratitude for her bold, outspoken, and adventurous spirit and proclaim that we will miss her and her ability to energize our thinking and make a difference with concerns that matter to us all. In the remains of the day, what we understand most clearly is that another longstanding leader has fallen, but her spirit of advocacy and activism must live on.

One last point to share, then, as we reach the last issue of Volume 1 for our inaugural year is that the editorial staff (Joanna Jeskova, Royce Collins, and I) would like to thank you for following our efforts this year. It has been a pleasure to share information with you. Now, though, we are taking a summer hiatus. While we expect to return with Volume 2 in the fall, there is work always for all of us to do. We urge you to pay attention to what is happening around us, to share what you know with others, and to do what you can, as Emma Darnell did, to make a meaningful and positive difference in our city and our world.

We’ll be in touch!

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
A Tribute:  Emma Ione Darnell

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Emma Ione Darnell passed away quietly at home.  She was 84 years old.  At the time of her passing, she was serving in her eighth term as Fulton County Commissioner representing District Six, having been elected for the first time in a special election in May of 1992.  By all accounts, Ms. Darnell was a fierce advocate for good governance, an outspoken champion of the vulnerable, and a razor-sharp strategist in addressing complex issues.  Indeed, 27 years in public service is a long time, but serving as Fulton County Commissioner was Ms. Darnell’s last role, not her only role.  What we note with admiration is that in the years leading up to this signature achievement were decades of accomplishments, leadership and service, and the making of a life of substance and distinction.  

Ms. Darnell was born in Atlanta and grew up in Tyler, Texas.  She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; a master of arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City; and a juris doctor from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.  In 2000, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta for her moral leadership and example. 

Ms. Darnell’s career as a public servant began with her work in the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Investigations, and Conciliations Division.   From that point forward, she held many positions in Atlanta City government, starting with her role in the Sam Massell administration as Special Assistant to the Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs and as Chair of the Grants Review Board.  During these years, her accomplishments were multiple, including:  her role as author of the city’s first minority business plan; her service as the founding director of the Women’s Advisory Council of Atlanta City Government; her dedication to fighting against discrimination and for fairness and equity; her leadership as an advocate for women, minorities, and the elderly.

To be noted, Ms. Darnell had her moments of challenges over the years, but she remained steadfastly engaged in leadership and public service.  She demonstrated for us a life well-lived.  We should, of course, be grateful for the legacies that she left behind, but, more than that, we should feel obligated to pick up her banner and carry on.  

Funeral Services for Ms. Darnell will be held:

Monday, May 13, 2019
@ 11:00am
Jackson Memorial Baptist Church
534 Fairburn Road, NW


Although an election day has not been set, with Ms. Darnell’s term as Commissioner not ending until 2020, the expectation is that there will be a special election to identify someone to complete the time remaining.
The Beloved Community, Inc. welcomes you to our
On Fridays: May 10th and May 17th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

@ Historic St. Marks
491 James P Brawley Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

The Beloved Community, Inc., Spring Friday Café offers an end of the week, open-air “happy hour with Jesus” where all are welcome to gather, be refreshed, share experiences, take time out to engage in looking for Jesus, reconnecting with Jesus, growing in your relationship with Jesus, and getting to know Jesus. If this sounds like what you need, please stop by and partake of this “happy hour with Jesus.” ** Light Refreshments will be provided. ** The Beloved Community, Inc. is committed to building healthy, sustainable communities. We all need support and encouragement. The Friday Café is committed to doing its part to provide this. For more information, please contact us at: belovedcommunityinc@gmail.com or by phone at 404-438-7328.
As part of the Washington Park Jamboree, Sisters by Choice Mobile Clinic will be on-site to offer free on-site breast screenings from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. You can register for a screening in advance if you click here

The Atlanta Jazz Festival will also be sponsoring Live Musical Performances by Julie Dexter and Groove Centric. These performances are presented by councilmember Michael Julian Bond, and will take place from 4:00pm – 8:00pm during the Jamboree.
Upcoming Events in Summer 2019
Making A Way Housing – Expands Units for Homeless
Fundraiser to Furnish Ivory Lee Young, Jr. Transitional Building

Making A Way Housing (MAWH) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provie safe, affordable housing to individuals facing complex challenges in the areas of: homelessness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and mental health. Nearly two decades strong, the organization has served over 10,000 individuals in “making a way out of no way.” Join them for this year’s Third Annual Gala Fundraiser and Casino Night!

Saturday, June 8th
6:00pm – 10:00pm
@ Impact Main Event Hall
2323 Sylvan Road, Atlanta, GA 30344

Donation proceeds will furnish the new Ivory Lee Young, Jr. Transitional Housing Building to house eight additional previously homeless individuals.
WOW! Afro Festival is the biggest Afro festival in Atlanta bringing an experience of the African culture through food, music, fashion, games, and more. Tickets range in price from $20 – $65 and are available now: click here to purchase your ticket.

Saturday, July 6th
2:00pm – 7:00pm
@ Ambient+Studio
585 Wells Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
Upcoming Meetings
The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, May 9th
@ 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, May 14th
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

2nd Tuesday (May 14th) at 7:00pm @ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (May 8th) at 7:00pm @ Kipp Strive Academy
1444 Lucile St. SW
Atlanta, GA  30310

Others Upcoming in January:

3rd Tuesday (May 21st) 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
Saturday, June 1st
10:00am – 12:00pm
@ Tree House Studios
642 North Avenue, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30318

Please contact the EANA directly to confirm meeting details and agenda.
If you have announcements that you would like to share, please note two important points:
  • The old email account for Westside Communities Alliance has been closed.  Please direct messages and send flyers and announcements to:  info@communitieswhoknow.com 
  • Currently, the CWK Newsletter will be posted monthly – in the second week of the month.  This monthly publication schedule means that, in order for an announcement to be helpful to your organization or event, you should submit your flyers and other relevant information to the email address above by the 3rd of each month.

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