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ALBC Town Hall - Atlanta, GA


ALBC National Town Hall - Atlanta (Leadership Forum)

December 2, 2009


Unfinished Work: Race, Civility and Equality of Opportunity

December 9, 2009




A double town hall event, Atlanta featured notable scholars and a diverse group of community leaders. 

On December 2, the ALBC in partnership with Morehouse College hosted a leadership forum.  Titled Unfinished Work: Race, Civility and Equality of Opportunity,the town hall openly discussed race in present day Atlanta.  Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln, delivered the keynote address.  His remarks can be found here.

Dr. O. Vernon Burton (op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Leadership Center at Morehouse College
830 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Panelists included:

  • Rebecca Burns , editor of Atlanta Magazine and author of Rage in Gate City; 
  • Sachi Koto of Sachi Koto Communications, formerly with CNN Headline News; 
  • Martin Lehfeldt, Past President Southeastern Council of Foundations; 
  • Herman Skip Mason, archivist at Morehouse College; 
  • Judith Martinez-Sadri, co-founder of Atlanta Latino; Alexis Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World; 
  • Beverly Tatum , president of Spelman College; 
  • Judith Martinez-Sadri, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Atlanta Latino Newspaper; 
  • Alexis Scott, journalist and publisher. 
  • Kevin Young , American poet


The discussion continued at the Carter Center on December 9.  Dr. Stephen L. Carter, Yale University William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law; a best-selling author, whose latest novel, Jericho’s Fall; and recognized by TIME magazine as one of the top 50 leaders for the 21st century, delivered the keynote address.

Stephen L. Carter

Cecil B. Day Chapel
The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

The town hall event, Unfinished Work: Race, Civility and Equality of Opportunity - A National Town Hall on Race in Atlanta, featured a four member panel discussion:



Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, author and ALBC Foundation Board Member.

Jerry Gonzalez , executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Frank McCloskey, Past chair of the Atlanta Urban League and current Vice President of Diversity for Georgia Power.



Angela Robinson, Host of In Contact on Public Broadcasting Atlanta, moderated.


Both events were free and open to the public. 


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The ALBC Town Hall Series is made possible with support from the Fetzer Institute.

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