Atlanta: Still the Black Mecca?

MLK mural

Mural at the Martin Luther King, Jr. historical site

“Still the Black Mecca?: Race, Social Inequality and Urban Displacement in 21st Century Atlanta” is a day-long symposium exploring racial equity in the historic capital of the Civil Rights Movement, held at the Georgia State Law School on November 9, 2016. Panelists will discuss structural racism; political, cultural and economic solutions; and will connect scholars, activists and students in the struggle for racial justice. The symposium is organized by Georgia State’s Department of Sociology, the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory, and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University.

Andrea Young, director of the Andrew Young Foundation and daughter of the civil rights icon, will be a panelist. Other panelists include scholars from Georgia State University, Emory University, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as local clergy, artist and activists.

For more information, please check the event website. This event is free and open to the public.


Deirdre Oakley
Professor of Sociology