Who Reads Well and Why


This New York Times article should be read by all education leaders in Atlanta, across the state, those at the State Capitol, and across the nation.  Now people can stop blaming technology for the U.S. having so many kids who are poor readers as well as why our nation has so few people who value the importance of good reading habits.


Spending Birthday with Mom


Birthdays are important.  Every year is a milestone and I truly grateful for it.  Today as I celebrate my birthday, I did not have any elaborate plans.  Just spending time with my mother made my day special.

In case I do not say it enough, “Thank you mom for all you do. Love, your daughter.”

One of my favorite sayings is, ” Be grateful to be alive and in your right mind.  There are lots of people who did not wake up this morning, and they were not sick.”

Early Voting Begins for Atlanta Mayor, Fulton County Seats and More


Early voting for the December 5 runoff elections starts today, Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 1 from 7am-7pm.  These elections include the city of Atlanta, Fulton County, Atlanta Board of Education, City of East Point and other special elections across the metro area and state to replace state legislators who resigned to run for other seats.

For early voting locations, use the link below:

Click to access EVROSchedule.pdf

For more information, to see if you have a local municipal election, and to see exactly what is on your ballot,
get your sample ballot BEFORE you go to the polls and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same:

For questions about this election, call:
Fulton County Voter Registration Office (404) 612-7020
Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda
(404) 653-1199
Need a ride to the polls?
(404) 524-VOTE (8683)


Malia Obama Defended by Chelsea Clinton

This is from today’s U.S.A Today:

Let Malia live’: Chelsea Clinton, Common, more rush to Malia Obama’s defense on Twitter
Leave Malia Obama alone! That was the sentiment felt on Twitter Friday as a video of the former first daughter appearing to smoke circulated the Internet. In the clip, it looks like the 19-year-old first-year Harvard student is blowing smoke rings in a bathroom. She was also reportedly spotted kissing someone during a tailgate. Another former resident of the White House, Chelsea Clinton, was one of many to come to the young co-ed’s defense. “Malia Obama’s private life, as a young woman, a college student, a private citizen, should not be your clickbait,” she tweeted. “Be better.”

What are your thoughts on this??

“Come Back Barack” Song by Chance the Rapper


With all that’s going on, it is so refreshing to be able to find the silver lining.  And, we need to laugh more.  Laughter is the best therapy.  So, please enjoy this song by Chance the Rapper on Saturday Night Live last night.

Thanks to Entertainment for both links:


If you enjoyed this link, you will also enjoy the other song Chance did in his opening monologue after he explained that it is hard to find a song about Thanksgiving.  He also talked about Mariah Carey singing “All I Want for Christmas” at the Thanksgiving annual tree lighting ceremony.  This song is hilarious and should become a hit.  Here is Chance’s new Thanksgiving song where you are sure to relate to the family members who show up for dinner:


Keep laughing!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

White Baseball Players Kneel in 1950’s Protest

Another reason why we need to know our history…it repeats itself.  For more information, visit the link below.

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White Baseball Players Kneel in the 50’s to protest Black Lynchings
Archival photos reveal several white baseball players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of the lynching of innocent negroes and Jim Crow laws. The practice was quickly ended when the players realized that most of their fans were either KKK members or sympathizers.


Election Day Tips for Tomorrow, November 7th

Since the Center of Civic Innovation did such a great job with this email, I am sharing it here because it is so thorough, informative and easy to follow.  Share this info with your friends, family and millennial voters to help increase turnout for local municipal elections all across the state.  There are still voters who think that the Nov. 7th election is for City of Atlanta voters only. Almost every county has something on the ballot that is important and needs your vote. This is it:

We are now less than 24 hours away from the Atlanta elections! Still unsure about the who, what and where of voting tomorrow? Don’t worry –– we’ve got you covered. This email is your all-in-one guide to get prepared before you head to the polls tomorrow. Read it, share it, and help spread the word to everyone you know, because this election matters.

Tomorrow, Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. Before you head to the polls, get familiar with the candidates and their qualifications and ideas for the future of our city.

Depending on how much time you have, there are four main ways to learn more about the candidates:
-Watch a quick video – it takes 5 minutes or less!
-Listen to a 90 minute, in-depth interview
-Read their response to our mayoral job application
-Watch what they said at our forum
-Head over to voteatl.org to read, listen, and learn about all the positions up for grabs this November 7th, and the people who want to fill them.

We also recommend you check out some of the recent press coverage and candidate scorecards. Here are a few to consider:
(Atlanta Magazine) Everything you need to know about the ATL City Council Races http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/everything-need-know-2017-atlanta-city-council-races-10-minutes/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f

(Atlanta Maganize) Which Mayoral Candidate is Right for Me? http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/atlanta-mayoral-candidate-right-me/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(AJC) City Contractors and Mayoral Campaigns http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/AtlantaJournalConstitution/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=AJC/2017/11/06&entity=Ar02302&sk=4C4E9E24&mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(Committee for a Better Atlanta) Candidate Scorecard http://cbatl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CBA-Scores.pdf?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f
(C4 Atlanta) Candidates + Artists Questionnaire  https://c4atlanta.org/2017/11/candidates-artists-part-two-mayoral-race/?mc_cid=2c30e2ae89&mc_eid=e19b73076f


> Get to know the candidates




Before you head to the polls, download and print our handy ballot cheat sheet. This is an easy way to keep track of your favorite candidates and map out who you are voting for in each of the open positions.

Download our ‘ballot cheat sheet’:



Head to the polls! But not just any poll. Follow the directions below to make sure your vote counts!

Find YOUR polling location at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov – you can only vote at your assigned precinct!
Grab your photo ID. Make sure it’s from the approved list available here.
Decide on a time to go vote –– before work, after work, at lunch? Polling locations are open from 7:00AM to 8:00PM.



Voting is more fun with friends! Let them know you got out and got your vote on, and how important it is that they do the same this November 7th. Share this page with your friends, family, and coworkers! And don’t forget to post on social media and let people know they need to #VOTELOCAL.
Remind your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you know to #VOTELOCAL on Tuesday, November 7th!
Download and print our ballot cheat sheets and hand them out in your community.
Finished voting? NO SELFIES IN THE VOTING BOOTH – but you can snap a pic of you and that awesome peach sticker and tag it with #postthepeach and #voteATL so we can re-post it on our social media!



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80th Anniversary of Winship Cancer Center


Tonight, the Winship Cancer Center Celebrates 80th Anniversary by honoring 80 who are part of the Winship journey of success. According to Emory University President Claire E. Sterk, “50,000 Georgians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. ”


Claire E. Sterk, President Emory University

According to Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute, ‘Emory will treat about 15,000 new cancer patients next year. So, it is important that we continue our work in cancer research and treatment.’


Mayor Shirley Franklin told her personal story of her son being treated at Winship and how it improved his quality of life prior to his passing.


Monica Kaufman Pearson was among the Winship 80 Honorees.

The Winship 80 recognizes a broad range of individual and organizations who embody Winship’s mission: scientist who mentor and inspire Winship leaders; philanthropists whose donations make groundbreaking research possible; community leaders who shine a light on the the importance of cancer research and care in Georgia( patients and their family members who trust us with their care, volunteer their time, and offer unbounded compassion to all who face cancer (Exert from today’s Winship 80 Anniversary program).

More event photos.


For more information on the amazing work being done at the Emory Winship Cancer Center, visit http://www.emory.edu