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Former SCLC head says he was fired without warning

Former SCLC head says he was fired without warning

ATLANTA (AP) - The former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says he was dismissed from the civil rights group without warning or a chance to rebut any reasons for his ouster.

Isaac Farris spoke publicly Monday for the first time since the board dismissed him in April from the organization co-founded by his uncle, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and called for unity.

Farris held back tears as he spoke of his life's mission to serve God and the less fortunate. A dozen supporters joined him at a news conference.

Farris said he was dismissed because of "false truths and outright lies," but didn't elaborate on what the lies were.

Some members and leaders of the SCLC are calling for Farris' reinstatement.

APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month


Atlanta Braves recognize that you’re “Never too Old to Play” through the donation of 200 tickets to Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities

The month of May is when the nation honors older Americans and the theme for 2012 —Never Too Old to Play!— recognizes the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Throughout May, Fulton County will shine the spotlight on the important role older adults play in our community.  The celebration officially begins May 2, when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners issues a proclamation honoring senior adults living in Fulton County.

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools can now boast the third-highest number of 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners in the United States.

The prestigious scholarship covers tuition, room and board for any major at any university. Only 1,000 students in the country receive the honor every year.

This year's recipients from APS include:

Carver Early College High School
Makeeva Walker

Carver School of the Arts
Ashley Thomas

Carver School of Health Sciences & Research
Cesar Chavez

Frederick Douglass High School
Kaitlin Camp
Jasmine Davis
Rifat Mursalin

Henry W. Grady High School
Abena Amoakuh
Chantil Coleman
Raveen Ford
Shafiq Gyagenda

Maynard H. Jackson High School
Alexander Greene

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Douglas Ruffin

City Councilman Kwanza Hall awarded the 2012 Rialto Pioneer Award

City Councilman Kwanza Hall awarded the 2012 Rialto Pioneer Award

ATLANTA --  Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts awarded Councilman Kwanza Hall, representative of District 2, their 2012 Pioneer Award.  

The Rialto's Pioneer Award is given annually to distinguished leaders who have contributed significantly to the health and vitality of the city's arts and cultural communities and/or Georgia State's far-reaching mission as a great university in the heart of a major city. It was named to honor the "pioneering spirit" of the remarkable vision that led to the renovation of the Rialto by Georgia State in the early 1990s.  

The award was presented before the start of The Idan Raichel & Vieux Farka Touré Quartet - Two Cultures, One Voice:  Israel Meets Mali on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8 PM. 

Kwanza's vision for the city and the visionary music created by the half Israeli-half Mali band, made for a great evening of entertainment at the Rialto.

Jimmy Carter speaks at Nobel laureate conference

Jimmy Carter speaks at Nobel laureate conference

CHICAGO -- Former President Jimmy Carter says the United States needs to find a way to be a leader in global peace.

Carter spoke Monday in Chicago at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Nobel summit has taken place for a dozen years, but this is the first time it's been held on this continent.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Carter are just a few of the Nobel Peace Prize winners expected at the conference.

Carter says that the United States has a responsibility to promote the values of the Nobel Peace Prize winners because the U.S. is the only global superpower. Carter also spoke about the economic embargoes.

The conference comes just weeks before Chicago hosts President Barack Obama and foreign leaders for the NATO summit.

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.