Civil Rights

Families of Michael Brown and Kendrick Johnson pray during 2014 visit to West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

I Want Justice For My Son: Brown Family Filing Lawsuit Against Ferguson, Missouri

When Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. visited Atlanta in September 2014, she told me “I’m just doing what I gotta do. I’m standing up for my son like I’ve always stood up for him.” […]

WAOK-AM–04/23/2015

Nzinga Shaw, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena with Maria Boynton (Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

We Want To Be Accessible To Everyone: Atlanta Hawks Chief Diversity And Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw

It was a very public situation, the firestorm, in September 2014, that surrounded the Atlanta Hawks organization after racially-charged comments were attributed to owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry. Three months later, Nzinga […]

WAOK-AM–04/22/2015

Derrick Boazman speaks to the audience during a recent Let Us Make Man event at Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Atlanta (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Let Us Make Man On The Road Again: We Want Them To Grow Their Genius

“We want folks to know that there’s nothing wrong with being an intellectual powerhouse”, says Derrick Boazman, adding, “that’s what we should be celebrating in our community, not the dumbing down of our community.” This […]

WAOK-AM–04/22/2015

File photo of a judge. (Credited by: Chris Ryan/Getty Images)

Sources Say APS Judge To Modify Sentences: You Have To Follow The Will Of The People

April 30th is when reports indicate that Fulton County Judge Jerry Baxter will re-sentence some of the Atlanta Public School cheating trial defendants. Expectations are that the harshest sentences will be modified. The three former […]

WAOK-AM–04/21/2015

The Thomas family follows the casket of Nicholas Thomas. He was laid to rest on April 18, 2015. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Nicholas Thomas Buried What’s Next: Today We Mourn Tomorrow We Fight

“Today, I don’t come as an attorney, I don’t come as an activist, I don’t come as a revolutionary, I come as a believer in God”. Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, addressed mourners during Saturday’s funeral […]

WAOK-AM–04/20/2015

Congress Hank Johnson stands to the right of Nicholas Thomas' casket (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Spring To Action For Positive Change: Congressman Hank Johnson Speaks At Funeral For Nicholas Thomas

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) was among the speakers at the funeral for Nicholas Thomas. The 23 year old was shot and killed by a Smyrna (GA) police officer on March 24, 2015. Thomas’ funeral was […]

WAOK-AM–04/20/2015

Steel blue casket of Nicholas Thomas is pushed out of Ebenezer Baptist Church (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Young Black Men Being Shot Has Got To Stop: Funeral Held For Nicholas Thomas

Albert Johnson held tightly to the sign that bore the name of his nephew Nicholas Thomas. A praise team performed during the Saturday funeral service for Thomas. The sign, among several used during the performance, […]

WAOK-AM–04/18/2015

Nicholas Thomas is shown with his daughter London. (Photo courtesy of the Thomas Family)

Nicholas Thomas To Be Laid To Rest: Shot By Smyrna Police Officer

Nicholas Thomas will be laid to rest this weekend. He is the 23 year old shot by a Smyrna police officer last month. While officers said that Thomas tried to run over them with a […]

WAOK-AM–04/17/2015

(Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

We Have To Mobilize Now To Bring An End To Police Brutality: Minister Louis Farrakhan In Atlanta

“If you’re black, they’ll shoot you down like a dog!” Nation of Islam Founder Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke today at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Following an hour-long speech to a packed audience, there […]

WAOK-AM–04/10/2015

Michael Slager Mug Shot

Lawyer: Michael Slager Being Kept In Isolation For Own Protection

A former police officer charged with the murder of a man after the incident was caught on video in South Carolina is being kept in isolation for his protection, his lawyer told CBS News’ Misty Showalter.

04/10/2015