Spelman College.. The joke is on us!

I had the privilege of being honored by some of the most intelligent young women in Atlanta.  These ladies,  future Presidential candidates, Scientist, Professors all carrying loads such as  dual majors in Physics, Political Science, Genetics  and other unpronounceable subjects -would drop the brightest smiles and jokes that made me feel as if I were talking to my younger sisters.

On campus and during my interactions with these Scholars, my heart yearned to absorb all the sights, sounds and emotions experienced. I wanted to bring it all back home -off campus, into our communities. However, it’s not easily transported off campus, knowing the realities of my neighbors. At times, there is such a disconnect, you would think we’re miles away instead of ONE block away.

Are we the group causing the disconnect?

A few weeks prior I recall receiving  hundreds of  “Tweets” with a hash tag of #homecoming.  Honestly, I was annoyed that so many people had very little to talk about besides this event.  I mean, the minute by minute  tweets of “on the campus”, “remember it like yesterday”..”a great night with my sisters”.. “old dorm LOL” – and various other private YOU-HAD-TO-BE- THERE- jokes were a bit over whelming to a loner like myself.  Overrated for someone who lived off campus, worked full-time in corporate and went to class in between the chaos of a 9-5 NYC hustle day.

But yesterday I got it.

What I “got”, was the unspoken but heart felt strength and love within the sister hood.  In the stillness of “Sister Chapel” , among hundreds of women, I saw the bonds developed during those critical years when a  teenage girl leaves home and comes into her own.  The beauty I saw, was the ability to develop this identity in the presence of others similar to self (still beholding innocence), surrounded with faculty as loving and caring as a parent.  Developing in this nurturing environment is why these ladies have the strength to do so much, and still smile.  Weight is on their shoulders, but they are not being crushed by it, as they have each other to work through it.  The event was touching. The award left me speechless. The lesson I learned is priceless.

At 35, the impact was great. Imagine the impact at  10 or 12,14,16.  My daughters are always inspired after conversing with a college students – they are more than inspired, they are encouraged and future goals are reinforced. Confirmed.  No, not by a nagging mother telling them what they “WILL” do, but by a young lady-wearing shiny shoes (as Leah calls heels) , soft-spoken and speaking confidently because SHE IS THERE.

Are we using our resources to attain these results in our communities? Or are too many of us- loners, always on the go, hustle to hustle trying to make ends meet without enough time to STOP and allow our children to view a different life to obtain different life results..? Are we so set in our ways, and molded by the coldness of our life experience to take the chance and see what we could learn from these students?  Spelman is asking to be used.

Spelman College, dedicated to service and more importantly, they are dedicated to service within OUR communities. It is up to us parents, teachers, community leaders to reach out and ask for their support in our community projects.   Each year a new class eagerly enters through the gates.  Let’s not continue to keep the walls up.  Let’s not continue to let the joke be on us… our children will lose an opportunity that may change their lives.

How will you work with Spelman College in 2013?

Of course I have Real Estate related partnerships in the works.  Why do we not have more faculty living in our communities?  This will change.

More Info on Spelman College:

Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta.[1] Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the first historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being America’s oldest historically black college for women.[1]

Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. The college is ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Forbes magazine ranks Spelman among the nation’s top ten best women’s colleges. Moreover, Spelman has been ranked the #1 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America by the Princeton Review.

The daughters of Bill Cosby, Henry Louis Gates, Gerald Levert, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sidney Poitier attended Spelman. Spelman is also the alma mater of several notable Americans including the Executive Vice President of Walmart, Rosalind Brewer, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker, Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds and actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Are we there yet?

Ever felt like you were on the heels of greatness? 

THIS _ close to accomplishment… you can almost taste it?

Can’t sleep- don’t blink and God forbid, you miss a community meeting!  

Maybe it’s just me, and me knowing what I know- seeing THIS scene occur in New York (Harlem… Brooklyn..)but every meeting, every discussion, every media article, every planning  report  received is confirmation to what I feel deep in my soul.

We’re almost there…..

Not only do we have great residents working hard, we have many community advocates who are passionate about our communities and working to ensure we do “gentrification” correctly.  What do I mean? I mean, not only one group benefiting from the revitalization of our neighborhoods but we ALL benefit; our seniors,children, entrepreneurs, all races, cultures  and income levels- ALL, willing to persevere and work to reap the benefits of the vision.

Let me just say, yesterday I did not feel like this AT ALL.  I felt  tired, a bit defeated and  overwhelmed thinking:

“what more can I do? I just want to stay in my little house on my little corner doing nothing but fight with my landscaping “. 

Then Ireceived a call, an invitation to the West End Merchants Coalition. It  was time for their meeting this morning at 7AM.  YES- 7AM??…same thing I said. “Too early, I can’t make it.” However, the call was very timely as I recently completed a tour of our commercial  space, taking inventory of available locations.  Dragging myself out of bed at 6AM was a much needed renewal.  Not only did Council Member Winslow provide information on all the commercial incentives available, my personal SHE-RO, Deborah Scott of Georgia Standup was the guest speaker.  If you don’t know Ms. Scott, you’re missing out! (www.GeorgiaStandup.org)

Ms. Scott discussed how our businesses (and residents) can benefit from the developments taking place in Atlanta.  Do you know how many developments are taking place in Atlanta?  The list is pretty amazing. I have no idea which I should jump into first (all late) but, after the meeting with Ms Scott-  I KNOW I can’t sit and do nothing…or mentally fight with my landscaping much longer. A wise woman said, “If  you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!”… I really like that  lady!

Here are a few projects and links for you to research:

Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal:

http://www.dot.ga.gov/informationcenter/p3/projects/mmpt/Pages/default.aspx

http://ajc.com/business/gulch-planners-take-big-1476572.html

http://atlantamagazine.com/fivepoints/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10403206

Fort McPherson:

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-government/state-aims-to-invest-139780.html

http://www.mcphersonredevelopment.com/

Atlanta Transit:

http://beltline.org/atlanta-beltline-programs/strenghening-the-community/

http://beltline.org/progress/planning/

http://www.atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/atlanta-streetcar/About

Atlanta Stadiums:

http://www.gwcc.com/about/Masterplans.aspx

http://www.investatlanta.com/buildDev/StadiumArea.jsp

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/football/new-stadium-plan-retractable-roof-demolish-dome-1/nQTK4/

Business Development Opportunities:

www.investatlanta.com/entprnrSmallBus/commercialLoans.jsp

 http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/DevelopmentTools/programs/opportunityzones.asp

Community Improvement District:

http://westendcid.org/

Study up, and be prepared to come to the table! NPU-T holds our meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM. www.NPUTAtlanta.org

Please let me know if any links are broken, I’m so excited I can’t type fast enough. 🙂

Southwest Atlanta Speak out…

Yes, code enforcement issues have met their match as the residents of in town Southwest Atlanta communities will NOT take it anymore…

Check out the Facebook page and “Like” us as we work to restore our communities!

https://www.facebook.com/ATLCodeEnforcementProblems

and email photo’s to atlcodeproblems@yahoo.com

Your support is needed!!!..

Dear Community,

Please add the below information to your schedule. We must attend this sentencing. It is not enough for the few members of our community to speak on our behalf, nor is it enough to have our Community Prosecutors carry the burden of defending our communities against repeat offenders on their own. Our presence, concern and outrage must be made known.

Being a  “good investment neighborhood”, or a “historic community that feature home tours”, are not our goals!  PUBLIC SAFETY is key! Without it- all of this is in vain…. forget the Beltline, forget economic development, forget the housing stock… without a safe community, we’re like 42nd Street in NY before Disney. (If you’re unfamiliar with the old 42nd Street- think of Metropolitan in the past) … Not worth seeing and not worth traveling to unless you’re looking for trouble.

The residence within NPU-T have come a long way. We have worked very heard and SEE the fruits of our labor.  Let’s continue in this pattern and ensure our voices and works are being directed on activities that make a lasting positive impact.

~Nia

Sentencing of Zone 1 Convicted Murderer

 

WHAT:       State v Oderrick Boone

                   Sentencing

               

WHEN:       Monday, June 11, 2012

                   1:00 P.M.

 

WHERE:    Judge Jerry Baxter

                   Courtroom 4D                 

                   Fulton County Justice Center Tower

                   185 Central Avenue, SW

                   Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

FACTS:    On July 1, 2010, Defendant Oderrick Boone was identified as the individual who entered the Southern Supermarket located on West View Drive in Southwest Atlanta and used a knife longer than three inches to stab the business owner numerous times.  The Victim died.  In addition, Defendant Boone took money out of the cash register and fled the scene.  The Defendant’s wife later recognized her husband on the news and contacted the Atlanta Police Department. 

 Please contact Janet Martin at CourtWatch@fultoncountyga.gov or 404.699.5297 if you plan to attend this CourtWatch date and for additional information.

NPU-T: Atlanta Ambassador Essay Package

Good Morning,

We, the Office of Recreation in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, Strategic Service Learning Collaborative, The National Youth Leadership Council and Diversified Hospitality Institute are re-designing our Teen Program to Pilot Fall 2012 at four recreation centers (one in each quadrant of the city).

In preparation for our new Teen model we are training 8 Teen Ambassadors to represent each quadrant of the City (4 females and 4 males) by sending them to Minneapolis to the National Service Learning Conference as an initial introduction to the foundation of the program. We are using an Essay contest to select those Ambassadors along with evidence of their involvement in Leadership activities in school or community.

Call or email for an application, criteria and a Teen registration form. Please share with those who know of Teens who may be interested in representing Atlanta as our Teen Ambassadors.

Thank you,

Corliss R. Davenport

Corliss R. Davenport, Ed.S., CPRP

Office of Recreation

Program Manager

Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

Peachtree Street Towers

Suite 1700, Harris Tower

233 Peachtree Street N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Office  (404) 546-6866

E-Fax  (404) 546-9569

email    crdavenport@atlantaga.gov