- Created on 26 February 2013
JAMS Inc. the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, has announced the addition of the Hon. Brenda Hill Cole (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Cole will be based in the JAMS Atlanta Resolution Center. She will serve as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in a variety of disputes including Business/Commercial, Class Action/Mass Torts, Employment, Environmental, Personal Injury/Torts and Professional Liability.
Cole served as a judge of the State Court of Fulton County from 1998 until 2012. As a trial judge, she presided over civil cases in areas such as contracts, products liability, professional malpractice, torts and successfully mediated many other cases. Prior to serving on the State Court, she was a Deputy Attorney General at the Georgia State Law Department where she served for 15 years in several
divisions, including tax, environmental, and professional regulations.
"Judge Cole is well known in the Atlanta legal community for being thoughtful and fair," said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. "Her remarkable breadth and depth of experience and her ability to empathize and relate to people will make her a great addition to our panel in Atlanta."
"One of the most important qualities in this profession is the ability to listen, and that's something I take very seriously," said Cole. "If the parties feel they've been heard, there's a better chance they'll want to work together to reach a resolution. I look forward to this next challenge and chapter in my professional career and working with parties to help them resolve their disputes."
Cole graduated with her B.A. from Spelman College and earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
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Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards, District 7, will host his first quarterly "Community Listening Session" for 2013 on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Edwards will use this time to inform the community about the "North Fulton Redistricting Plan," which is currently before the Georgia General Assembly. The plan would change the governance structure of Fulton County from five (5) district seats and two (2) at-large seats to three (3) majority districts in the north and three (3) minority districts in the south and one (1) at-large chairman.
"We believe that this anti-Fulton legislation will restrict the voting rights of minority residents," Edwards said.
All citizens, including youth, are urged to attend and participate in this session. The sessions will be held at the Cliftondale Multipurpose Center Theater, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, Ga. 30349.
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An exhibition featuring materials from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) archive opened Thursday, Feb. 21 at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library.
An opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will feature remarks by SCLC leaders Charles Steele Jr. and Bernard Lafayette (board president); and Dorothy Cotton (SCLC education director 1960-1968).
Titled "And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change," the display documents the Atlanta-based civil rights organization's history, progress and continual work for equal rights. Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) holds the SCLC archive.
The Woodruff library is located at 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322-2870. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 1, is in the library's Schatten Gallery and the Jones Room, both located on the third floor of the Woodruff Library. The exhibition and celebration are open to the public free of charge.
"With this exhibition and related events, we feel so honored to have this opportunity to recognize the historic contributions of SCLC and all those associated with it, past and present," says Rosemary Magee, director of MARBL. "They represent the hope and the drive to seek equality in all aspects of life. The library is a perfect place to honor these shared aspirations for all people."
The exhibition focuses on the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights in the years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The documents on display include letters, photographs and flyers that promote gatherings and protests. The show spotlights SCLC's major programs from the 1970s through the 1990s, beginning with the Poor People's Campaign in 1968.
Other initiatives highlighted in the exhibition include:
• SCLC's efforts to combat apartheid in South Africa;
• Programs in the 1990s designed to engage youth, such as Rappin' for our Future (an amateur talent program promoting a nonviolent lifestyle); and
• Initiatives on healthcare and economic equality, ending gun violence, among other issues.
For more information, call 404-727-6873.
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Dr. Nefertari Patricia Hilliard-Nunn will speak on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on the topic "You Can't Steal My African Ba: African Cultural Influences In the USA."
A professor of the humanities at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a Link in the Gainesville Chapter, Hilliard-Nunn has authored several books and is the daughter of Patsy Jo and the late Dr. Asa Hilliard of metro Atlanta.
The event is sponsored by the International Trends and Services facet of the Atlanta Chapter of The Links Inc. and will be held on the 4th floor in the auditorium, located at 101 Auburn Avenue, N.E. in Atlanta.
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He was one of the great civil rights leaders of his time—so influential that he graced the cover of an issue of Time magazine. He was on easy social terms with some of America’s leading corporate titans and a president of the United States.
He was the last person to speak at the landmark 1963 March on Washington before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was responsible for the employment of tens of thousands of Black Americans during the 1960s – and, it can be said, for the employment of millions in the decades afterward. More than any other individual, he opened the upper reaches of corporate America to Black men and women. His ideas for improving the lot of Black Americans – expanding their educational and employment opportunity, and fortifying their physical and social well-being – influenced President Lyndon B. Johnson’s crafting of his Great Society legislation.
He helped steer Black America through the social and political cauldron of the late 1960s and negotiated, in effect, a peace treaty with the Nixon administration for Black America that produced more federal funding for programs intended to bolster Black Americans than ever before.
And, his tragic death cut short a life much too soon.
His name was Whitney M. Young, Jr. He was the powerbroker of the Civil Rights Movement. He was
That word is the foundation of the title of a documentary on Young’s life and work being shown this week on Public Broadcasting Service stations. “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” captures the importance of a man who was at the center of the enormous effort in the 1960s to transform the United States from a de facto apartheid state to a true democracy, but who, since his death in 1971 while swimming at an ocean beach in Nigeria, seemed to rapidly disappear from the public consciousness. The documentary, produced by Young’s niece, Bonnie Boswell, is the first substantial treatment of him since a biography by scholar Dennis Dickerson (who is included in the documentary) 15 years ago.
The superb effort is both long overdue and right on time. For, even as it strips away more of the gauze that still seems to obscure how difficult the achievement of basic civil rights for Blacks in the 1960s was and how frighteningly turbulent the late 1960s were, “The Powerbroker” implicitly establishes the direct link between the work Young did and sought to do then and the complex place in American society Black Americans occupy now.
For one thing, Young’s advocacy in 1963 and 1964 – before Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – of a comprehensive $145-billion social and economic plan for Black Americans, which he called a “domestic Marshall Plan,” underscores that he and the rest of the civil rights leadership fully understood the importance of putting African Americans on a solid economic foundation for their, and the nation’s, benefit.
Listen to Young’s explanation of the need for it, and then recall President Obama’s discussion of some of America’s social needs in his State of the Union speech.
For another, look here at how easily and confidently Young mixes with some of the leading figures of American business. One can almost feel his own ease and comfort and supreme confidence in his ability to put these men at ease with him.
These glimpses of Young at work with corporate titans may seem business-as-usual today, when Black men and women, and other people of color, occupy the top offices of Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and powerful commercial and investment banks. But, until Whitney Young, White Americans had never seen a Black person like him: a Black person who was a civil rights leader but who moved with ease among them and spoke their business-oriented, bottom-line-results lingo as if he were one of them.
That’s because Whitney Young was one of them — just as he was a Black and a civil rights leader. Both as a matter of his civil rights work, and as a matter of his personal operating style, Young expanded the vision, the model, of how a Black American could navigate one’s way into the mainstream of American society. Look at Young and think of such leading Black American business figures as Kenneth I. Chenault, head of American Express, or Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., the investment banker and super-lawyer, or Richard D. Parsons, former chairman of Time Warner and Citigroup. Think, too, of the operating style of such Black politicians as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and, yes, President Obama.
This was the point one businessman interviewed in the documentary meant when he said that Young forged a “road map” for Blacks into corporate America – where immense economic and political power resides – where there had been none before.
He’s absolutely correct. But I would broaden the point a bit to say that Whitney Young, the powerbroker, did so as part of expanding the road map he was helping Black Americans build for their entire future as Americans.
Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist and author of His most recent book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America.