Congratulations to “Amanda Gorman” Who Spoke Truth to Power on Inauguration Day

“Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.”

This is the sixth time a poet has been invited to the inauguration of the U.S. president. The first time Robert Frost, a poet known for “The Road Not Taken,” read a poem at the inauguration of President John Kennedy. Maya Angelou and Miller Williams recited poems during the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco were invited to President Barack Obama’s two inauguration ceremonies. And Gorman, a young American female poet, was invited to President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

On the inauguration stage, Gorman, an African-American woman, read a poem titled “The Hill We Climb,” with a bright look for six minutes, and delivered a message to move toward harmony, not division, with various hand gestures, as she spoke with her hands.

“If we have the courage to see the light, the light will always be there.” By Amanda Gorman

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If you want to know more about her, visit her website & SNS:

website: https://www.theamandagorman.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandascgorman/?hl=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theamandagorman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theamandagorman

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photographed by Stephanie Mitchell.

Kalamazoo College 25K Global Prize

GlobalPrize15 Online

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College presents its 2nd Biennial $25,000 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership. The 2013 winners included:

  • Dalia Association (Ramallah,Palestine)

  • Language Partners, a project of the Education Justice Project (Illinois, US)

  • Building Power for Restaurant Workers Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (New York, US)

  • Welcoming Michigan based in Kalamazoo (Regional Prize)

Updated Kevin Davis Candlelight Vigil: Don’t Call the Police? Exposing the Cover Up

The family of Kevin Davis and a coalition of community organizers are asking for the community to join and support them at a Candle Light Vigil and memorial march on the one month anniversary of his shooting Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm at the DeKalb County Court House. We are asking the community to #BreatheForKevin at the candlelight vigil and memorial march.

 

When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm

Where: 556 N. McDonough Street Decatur, GA 30030

Time: 6:00pm

What: On December 29, 2014, Kevin Davis was in his home with his girlfriend that they shared with a co-worker. During a confrontation between his girlfriend and his coworker, his girlfriend was stabbed by his co-worker. Kevin attempted to help his girlfriend and they called 911 for help to respond to the injuries of his girlfriend and he ended up killed by the police. Mr. Davis called for the police and two days later he was dead as a result of being shot by the same police he needed help from when they came to his home. Kevin Davis was in his own home, where he called for help, and ended up killed by the police officer.

 

The DeKalb County Police entered the home without announcing their presence. The police officer proceeded to shoot Mr. Davis’ dog before also shooting Mr. Davis in his own home. Instead of receiving help, Kevin Davis ended up with bullets in his body. After being shot, he was criminalized and still arrested in his own home while he was trying to protect someone he loved. He died two days later, ALONE handcuffed to the hospital bed! The family expressed the most devastating part of this situation is that they were denied access to Kevin during his last days before he succumbed to his injuries in Grady Hospital.

 

We are concerned that there may be a cover up because it has been weeks since Kevin’s death and there has been no independent investigation of the situation. We charge the GBI to conduct an independent investigation of the situation and the DeKalb County Police Department so this family can have some answers.

The family has not had the time or the space to properly grieve and they want time to feel supported by the surrounding community. To know and understand that we are with them to the end, and that we understand that this is an injustice that must be addressed. On Thursday January 29th, we are asking for community members to come support the family as they grieve and honor their loved one.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 will mark 30 days since Kevin was shot. We are asking the community to #BreatheForKevin at the candlelight vigil.

The #shutitdownATL coalition that consists of The GenY Project, #IBTY, MXGM, and SONG and other organizations and coalitions including Moral Monday, American Friends Committee, Saving OurSelves, Sankofa UCC Church, the National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism, and FTP Movement are all rallying behind this family.

Contact Person: Shakia Pennix – justice4kevindavis@gmail.com.

 

Social Justice Activist Website reaches 1 Million Hits in the First Year

Social Justice Activist Website reaches 1 Million+ Hits in the First Year  ATLANTA, December 15, 2014 – Social justice website, toughmindtenderheart.com, celebrates its one year anniversary today with 1,140,000, hits. The site was launched by activist attorney Sandra Barnhill as a platform where social activists and those who support justice and social change could share their work, gain strength, and garner insight for their work. The website went live December 15,2013 on the day Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his South African boyhood home. Currently, the site is focused on student-led protests in response to the Ferguson and NY no indictment decisions. Protestors and those interested in direct action can find helpful information as well as read the thoughts of other activists around the country who believe Black Lives Matter.

 

Legal Observer Training

 Would you like to be trained as a Legal Observer? Here’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Legal Observer Training – December 10th, 2014 at 6pm at the DeKalb Courthouse

Judge Tangela Barrie’s Courtroom

556 N.McDonough 

Decatur, GA 

For more info, call (404) 244 2004

Legal Observer Training

Lynnee Denise Bonner – increasing the awareness of the cultural contributions

TOUGH MIND, TENDER HEART FEATURES ACTIVIST WORKING TOWARDS SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Atlanta, August 6, 2014 -“You can’t help it.  An artist’s duty, as far as I am concerned, is to reflect the times”– Nina Simone. The words of Nina Simone best represents the work of  Lynnee Denise Bonner, a dedicated activist being featured on our emerging social justice website, A Tough Mind & Tender Heart. Her work focuses on creating a more just world through creative expression. Today we highlight Lynnee as she continues to promote facets of social justice through the intersection of music and culture.

Lynnee Denise Bonner is presently focusing on increasing the awareness of the cultural contributions of various unpopular identity groups. With Nina Simone as one of her inspirations, Lynnee thinks about social justice in a global context and as such is documenting the artistic contributions of continental Africans, women and those living with HIV/AIDS.

To learn more about our dynamic activist, Lynnee Denise Bonner, visit our website at www.toughmindtenderheart.com.

Nathaniel Borrell Dyer – to Exhibit in Urban Art Boutique

ATLANTA, GA.   August 20, 2014. Nathaniel Borrell Dyer, artist and renowned community activist, will have a solo exhibition entitled “Renaissance Man in the Surreal”. He will be a featured artist of the Urban Art Boutique Exhibit presented by Fulton County Arts & Culture and the West End Performing Arts Center located on 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW in Atlanta, GA. The exhibition will run August 21 through September 2, 2014.  The opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, August 22, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. Most recently, his work was on display as part of the Eyedrum exhibit called “Neighbors” which featured artists in the West End community.

Being in the business of graphic design for more than 20 years, Nathaniel’s art exhibit will showcase his use of pencil and acrylics to stimulate the eye and provoke thought. Regarding this art show, Nathaniel stated “I am very excited to be a part of  Urban Art Boutique for this solo show. It is nice to be recognized in Southwest Atlanta because it is where I live and do a great deal of my community work.” He is also an instructor of art and creative writing at the West End Performing Arts Center.

The West End Performing Arts Center is dedicated to bringing quality performing and visual arts programming to the historic West End community, enhancing the quality of life of all Fulton County citizens through the delivery of quality arts education, performing arts programs and providing access to underserved communities.

Equity Matters – Clayton County Residents to Receive Public Transportation

Equity Matters!!! Clayton County made history on Saturday, July 5th with a 3-1 vote to place a referendum on the local November ballot that allows Clayton residents to decide on a one-cent sales tax increase for public transit.Nathaniel Smith, an activist featured on our website, A Tough Mind and Tender Heart was active in the fight for this change. The organization he founded, Partnership for Southern Equity along with others mobilized a grassroots effort to ensure that the voices of the residents were represented. This accomplishment was both a win for equity and regional cooperation in that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will be the administering agency if the referendum passes. Clayton residents will have a chance to ride on public transit in Clayton because a committed group of local leaders and partners chose to stand up for access and equity.

Feature dedicated Activists throughout the Country

June Press Release 

TOUGH MIND, TENDER HEART HIGHLIGHTS ACTIVISTS WORKING TOWARDS A MORE EQUITABLE SOCIETY

Atlanta, June 16, 2014 – Maya Angelou believed her mission in life was not merely to survive but to thrive and do so with passion and compassion. Her involvement in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X demonstrated her passions and ability to thrive as she believed in creating a more just world. Today, the emerging social justice website, A Tough Mind and Tender Heart continues to feature dedicated activists throughout the country whose work is propelled by their passions for equity.

Edward Chisolm works to ensure that all students, particularly black males have access to quality educational and social services within the public school system. He is motivated by the level of devastation caused by racial discrimination in our society. Edward has dedicated approximately 30 years of his life towards working on these issues in Savannah, GA.

Nathaniel Smith is the founder and chief equity officer at Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE)  which advocates for public policies that increase access and opportunities for vulnerable populations. PSE developed the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, which provides regional stakeholders with a comprehensive resource that aids in determining how to create a more fair and equitable region.

Andrew Tyner is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying political theory with an emphasis on the history of political thought. He is interested in the history of justice movements as he addresses economic inequalities and racial injustices in higher education.