Civil Rights

Baton Bob dances on a sidewalk in Midtown (Credit: Jean Ross/CBS Local)

City Is Set To Offer Baton Bob $20,000 To Settle Federal Lawsuit

When 62-year-old Bob Jamerson was arrested outside Colony Square in Midtown on June 26, 2013, it began a saga that would see a federal lawsuit brought and a police officer quit the force. The long, […]

WAOK-AM–05/13/2015

APD Officer Christopher Blaise was driving the police car that struck Bernard Moore on March 6, 2015 (Photo provided by APD)

Fulton County District Attorney Says Death Case Involving APD Officer Is Open And Active

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says the case of an APD officer being accused of hitting and killing a man with his police car remains “open and active.” It was on the night of […]

WAOK-AM–05/07/2015

Bernard Moore died after being struck by an APD cruiser in March (Courtesy of Davis-Bozeman Law)

Two Months Too Long: Community To Rally For Justice In Death Of Man Struck By APD Cruiser

Attorney Mawuli Davis says it took two weeks for charges to be brought in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, but it’s been two months since the death of 62 year old Bernard Moore […]

WAOK-AM–05/06/2015

Current Dekalb Superintendent Michael Thurmond's contract ends in June (Credit: Jean Ross/CBS Local)

Head Of DeKalb Superintendent Search Forced Out Of Previous Job After Allegedly Making Inflammatory Statements

In a surprising development, published reports indicate that there are questions swirling concerning the past of the man in charge of finding DeKalb County’s next Superintendent of Schools. A Chicago Sun Times story dated April […]

WAOK-AM–05/03/2015

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks during protest against Bill Cosby Saturday at the Cobb Energy Center. The comedian performed at the facility. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Protest Against Bill Cosby In Atlanta, Led By Attorney Gloria Allred

The thousands of Bill Cosby fans that are pouring into the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center tonight are being met by protesters, led by attorney Gloria Allred. Also among the protesters, Lili Bernard, who claims […]

WAOK-AM–05/02/2015

Marcus Coleman with Save Ourselves spoke for Baby Bou Bou, the baby severly injured in a botched drug raid in Habersham County  and Kathryn Johnston, the elderly woman killed when officers stormed into her Atlanta  home. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

A Memorial For Black Lives: Diverse Crowd Gathers In Atlanta

“I’m tired of lazy black people, I’m tired of lazy white people, i’m tired of lazy gay people, i’m tired of lazy straight people.” Words spoken by Felicia Thomas during the “A Memorial For Black […]

WAOK-AM–05/02/2015

(Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Photo Gallery: Let Us Make Man 2015 The Gathering To Reclaim Black Manhood

Throngs of young men, women, and parents attended the 2015 Let Us Make Man conference. Each year the gathering, which holds events often in Atlanta, meets at a college campus. This year it was held […]

WAOK-AM–04/27/2015

Grant Hill talks to Maria Boynton about the Atlanta Hawks (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Hill Part Of Group Buying Atlanta Hawks: Says They’ve Been A Great Story This Year

“They’re a great team. They’ve been fun to watch. They’ve been a great story this year.” Grant Hill, the seven-time NBA All-Star, was referring to the Atlanta Hawks when we spoke just a few days […]

WAOK-AM–04/23/2015

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