Atlanta: Still the Black Mecca?

Symposium: Still the Black Mecca? Race, Social Inequality, and Urban Displacement in 21st-Century Atlanta

This event has passed.

Location: Georgia State University Law School Ballroom (85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303)

On November 9, 2016, the James Weldon Johnson Institute partnered with Georgia State University and Clark Atlanta University departments of sociology to present a half-day public symposium addressing the status of racial equity in Atlanta. Three goals were at the center: (1) to showcase research initiatives of area universities concerning the vectors of structural racism in the greater metropolitan area; (2) to critically examine and uplift political, cultural, and economic solutions with viable potential to advance racial justice locally; and (3) to connect local and national scholar-activists, academics, grassroots leaders, policy-makers, and students as collaborators in justice-oriented transformation.

Visit the symposium website for full session descriptions and speaker bios:        

The Making and Unmaking of Modern Atlanta: Is the “Black Mecca” Eroding?
Speakers: Andrea Young, Maurice Hobson, George Greenidge, Jr., moderator

“Atlanta in 5!” - Equity Solutions: New Research, Tools, and Creative Interventions 
Speakers: Joseph Hurley, Barbara Combs, Richard Benson, Mathew Gayman, Mbye Njie, Asia Leeds, Che Johnson-Long

Urban Displacement and Livelihood Insecurity for Working People of Color
Speakers: Michael Rich, Sheri Davis-Faulkner, A.W. Motley, Teri Platt, moderator

Keeping Race at the Center: A Platform for Ethical Development and Applicative Research
Speakers: Jung-Ha Kim, Fahamu Pecou, Mary Hooks, Deirdre Oakley, Ed Lee, moderator

Special thanks to our event co-sponsors: Facing Race Local Host Committee, Georgia State University Department of Sociology, Clark Atlanta University Department of Sociology and Criminology, Candler School of Theology Moral Leadership Program at Emory University, Georgia State University Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies, Georgia State University Urban Studies Institute, and the Atlanta Studies Network. Thanks also to "Still the Black Mecca?" official event artist,