Descendants of leaders in the civil rights movement
ATLANTA – Many people are aware how hard it is for children share the surname of a legendary athlete or try to live in the vast shadow cast by ultra-famous entertainment parents. The same can also be said of the offspring of iconic Civil Rights heroes. Moreover, there is the personal and public pressure to continue the legacy began by their revered parents.
Michael Julian Bond, Atlanta City Councilmember Post 1-Large, will discuss this and more when he hosts “The Legacy Continues ~ Descendants of Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement”
on Monday, February 29 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Atlanta City Hall in the Old Council Chamber.
Councilman Bond, the son of the late Julian Bond, and several adult children of the civil rights movement will come together for the first time to talk about their experiences: things they saw, heard, and learned while growing up with civil rights leaders.
The program will be hosted by Women of Distinction, Inc. (WOD) and Men of Distinction-Atlanta (MOD). Art Terrell of KISS 104.1FM, a member of MOD, will be the moderator.
Middle school students from Atlanta Public Schools have been invited to hear these adult children recall their personal history of what life was like for them in the south during segregation and how they watched their parents work together to bring change.
KISS 104.1FM radio personalities Twanda Black, a member of WOD, and Mitch Faulkner, a member of MOD, will handle a Q&A session for students to gain insight about that era in America’s history. Chick-fil-A is sponsoring lunch for the children.
Upon arrival into the Old Council Chamber, students and guests will have an opportunity to view photographs of civil right leaders that were taken by Susan Ross.
§ Michael Julian Bond – son of Julian Bond
§ Maynard Jackson III – son of former Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.
§ Andrea Young – daughter of former Ambassador Andrew Young and Jean Childs Young
§ Michael Russell – son of Herman J. Russell
§ Minister Elisabeth Omilami – daughter of Hosea Williams
§ Cheryl Osborne-Lowery – daughter of Rev. Joseph and Evelyn Lowery
This Black History Month event is open to the public. For more information, please call Councilman Bond’s office at (404) 330-6770.