Following approval from the Atlanta City Council, Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that he’s established an advisory committee to review street names and city-owned monuments linked to the Confederacy in the City of Atlanta.

The committee members have the responsibility to evaluate each street name and marker and provide recommendations on how the community can be involved in the process of determining how to deal with each landmark moving forward.

In June Reed said, “The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia brought renewed attention to Confederate markers and street names around the country, with many elected officials, clergy and members of the public calling for their removal. To ensure that we approach this in a thoughtful manner, and that we include community input in the process, my Administration and the Atlanta City Council worked to assemble a group of advisors to consider each marker.”

Members of the committee include:
  • Sheffield Hale, President and CEO, Atlanta History Center;
  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO, Center for Civil and Human Rights;
  • Sonji Jacobs Dade, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Cox Enterprises;
  • Dan Moore, Founder, APEX Museum;
  • Shelley Rose, Senior Associate Director, Southeast Region, Anti-Defamation League;
  • Larry Gallerstedt, CEO, Cousins Properties; Trustee, Robert Woodruff Foundation;
  • Douglas Blackmon, Senior Fellow and Director of Public Programs, University of Virginia’s Miller Center; Pulitzer Prize-winning author;
  • Nina Gentry, Owner, Gentry Planning Services;
  • Regina Brewer, preservation consultant;
  • Martha Porter Hall, community advocate;
  • Brenda Muhammad, Executive Director, Atlanta Victim Assistance.

During their October 2 meeting, the Atlanta City Council voted to appoint all the members .

The first committee meeting is scheduled for October 18 at Atlanta City Hall.


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