Eugene Walker’s Letter to the Editor: ‘The governor is wrong’


The governor is wrong in his decision to suspend members of the DeKalb County Board of Education. The DeKalb school district has been placed on probation by a private accrediting institution called SACS, which holds considerable sway in the education community.  SACS has made a multitude of allegations, some of which I agree with, but […]

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Emory faculty, alumni react to president’s remarks

Emory president censured

Emory University faculty members voted Feb. 20 to censure university president Jim Wagner for his remarks in a recent magazine column where he referenced the three-fifths compromise in the U.S. Constitution. Wagner has received criticism for referring to the compromise that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person, as a “constitutional compromise” between northern and […]

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Win 2 Tickets to ‘Bluegrass Evening’


Enjoy an evening of pickn’ and prose with a concert by bluegrass band The Dappled Grays and meet authors Joshilyn Jackson and Karen White, who will sign their books. The evening will also feature southern food and a silent auction. This event is a benefit for DeKalb County Public Library hosted by the DeKalb Library […]

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Governor removes six school board members


In a news conference Feb. 25, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he had accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. “This is certainly a serious matter. It is a matter that is of grave concern to all of us, especially the parents […]

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DeKalb County hires new police chief

Cedric Alexander will begin his tenure as DeKalb County’s new police chief in April. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced the appointment of Cedric Alexander as the new chief of the DeKalb County Police Department Feb. 20. Ellis said public safety is DeKalb County’s number one priority and that Alexander will help move the department forward. Alexander will begin April 1. Currently, Alexander is the federal security director for […]

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Editorial: Voters should have the final say so


It’s a sad, sad time in DeKalb and something has to be done about our current state of affairs regarding the DeKalb County school board and DeKalb County school system. But whatever the decision, it should be a decision made in DeKalb County by DeKalb County voters. Governor Nathan Deal has suggested that six members […]

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No more playing in the parking lot at Ivy Prep


Before Feb. 25, students at Ivy Prep Academies did not have a playground. Rae Ann Harkness, parent of two children at the school, said, “The kids at the school did not have a safe play area at all. They were having to use the parking lot for P.E., and behind the building. “That’s not a […]

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Photo exhibit captures Black America in the 20th century

Eartha Kitt leaps through poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, as police officer Harvey Adams stands near by at Vine and Colwell Streets, Hill District, May 1966. Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.2509

The Pittsburgh Courier during its 56 years of publishing was perhaps the most widely circulated newspaper for Black Americans in the United States. Although the iconic journal went bankrupt and ceased publication in 1966, its legacy lives on. Among those whose work immortalized the salmon-colored newspaper peddled door-to-door throughout the country in its heyday, was […]

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