Moderated by Tom Sabulis
Atlantans tend to take a separate, racial approach to celebrating and acknowledging historic events, a division that makes it challenging for both institutions and individual communities to bridge. Today, our columnists write about the proper way to honor major anniversaries next year for the Civil Rights Act and the Civil War’s fall of Atlanta.
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Connecting Atlanta with honest reflection
By Sheffield Hale
As we recently recognized the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we are also approaching the anniversaries of two watershed events in American history. Next July marks 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, which dealt a blow to the rule of Jim Crow. And September 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the fall of Atlanta during the Civil War.
The latter was the pivotal moment in the conflict. It came when the war seemed at a stalemate and Northern morale was low — so low, it seemed