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Address: 33 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Neighborhood: Downtown / Sweet Auburn / Old Fourth Ward
Phone: 404-651-2000

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On Our Radar:
Shirley Franklin for President!
Posted by:  Beth Malone

When she walked into the lecture hall I was completely star struck. I’m not usually impressed by celeb sightings. When I saw Maya at the airport; I walked right on by. Angela Landsbury at a broadway show—boring. Andrew McCartney in New York...ok I flipped out a little and followed him for three blocks. I love Weekend at Bernie’s. When Mayor Franklin walked into GSU’s School of Policy Studies, I was surprised by my heart flutter. She’s the first female mayor of Atlanta, and ranked among the world’s top 10! Considering our last mayor is still in prison for racketeering; she’s been busy. She implemented programs for higher education funding for under-privileged youth, continues working to raise minimum wage, and has just signed off on the Peachtree Corridor (we’re hoping it doesn’t replicate Boston’s lengthy Big Dig project) that will eventually solve some of our traffic problems. She emphasizes a need for younger generations to step up and take action for others in our communities. Good places in Atlanta to do this are: Café 458, The Samaritan House, or the MLK Center. For mentoring opportunities go to I love Shirley.

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