Clayton celebrates Black History Month

From our local communities to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Clayton County is celebrating Black History Month in big ways, and at no cost to attendees.

Heritage Day Celebration: Historical Jonesboro has partnered with the Clayton County Archway Project to bring you an afternoon filled with fun, art, music, education, and most importantly, history, focusing on “The African-American Family”, February 19, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the National Archives at Atlanta(5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow).

“There will be a tour of the artifacts and exhibits from 11-11:30 AM provided by Clayton County Historian Ted Key,” says Marie Barber, chairperson of Archway’s African American Historical committee. “We’re looking forward to making this a fun event for Clayton and the surrounding communities.”

Atlanta’s APEX museum, along with Lithonia’s Flat Rock Museum (home to comedian Chris Tucker’s ancestors) have donated many artifacts to share with Clayton County for the day. Additionally, an informational video will loop throughout the event featuring some of Clayton’s prominent “first families” including recently filmed footage of longtime resident Lucy Huie, who fought off the KKK in an effort to desegregate Clayton County schools.

Other activities include a show by puppeteer Akbar Imhotep, reenactments of historical events in black history, and a “Taste of Africa”, giving attendees the opportunity to sample various African foods, and much more.

Other local events:

Hartsfield-Jackson Music Series: Jazz, blues, and R&B enthusiasts can check out weekly performances in the Atrium, which run on Friday evenings through February 25.

Clayton County Public Libraries, Clayton State University and the National Archives at Atlanta are all hosting several events this month, check their websites for more information.

- By Kimberly Allen, The Clayton Talk blog

Sheriff Kem Kimbrough is hosting a series of meet and greets, and wants to hear from Clayton residents directly. The next will take place this Saturday, February 12 at East Clayton Elementary(2750 Forest Parkway, Ellenwood), 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

27 comments Add your comment

DoubleAction

February 8th, 2011
11:36 am

…I hope that Lucy Huie, and her followers, are happy & glad to see the way Clayton County is today !!!
….They should proud of their work.

Tell The Truth

February 8th, 2011
1:52 pm

@ Double Action,

At least she doesn’t have to worry about anymore cross burnings in her front yard. That’s progress.

DoubleAction

February 8th, 2011
2:50 pm

Tell The Truth :{{( “@ Double Action,
“At least she doesn’t have to worry about anymore cross burnings in her front yard. That’s progress.”

…”Cross Burnings” ?

…..What are you referring to ?

Clayton County has always been a county of hard working law abiding citizens, until recently.
My family and I has never condoned such things in Clayton County and we have been in this county since 1961.

…In Honor of Our Black History Month :

…George Washington Carver

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver

Clayton resident

February 8th, 2011
5:39 pm

I’m sure the OP knew Mrs. Huie’s history before he posted, that she had not one but several crosses burned on her lawn for having the audacity to want to integrate Clayton’s public school system. Don’t get to the airport much when I’m not flying sounds like that’ll be nice.

Truth

February 8th, 2011
6:44 pm

Black History is being made “Everyday” “Every Month” do marginalize us!

Right Thinking

February 8th, 2011
6:46 pm

These events are “Great”! Just hope the youth learn something!

say what?

February 8th, 2011
9:12 pm

Kim, Flat Rock community is home to Decatur’s own Chris TUCKER not Chris Rock’s ancestors.

otherwise this was a great blog and thank you for sharing the upcoming events.

BnB

February 8th, 2011
9:33 pm

(Additionally, an informational video will loop throughout the event featuring some of Clayton’s prominent “first families” )

Will any of the “First Families” per chance be white. IF not – what a farce.

DoubleAction

February 8th, 2011
9:49 pm

Right Thinking :( ( “These events are “Great”! Just hope the youth learn something!”))

…They will learn what their teachers, parents, mentors, and the citizens in our county will teach them; The ones that they listen to the most, will be their stepping stones.
…I always measure the voting records in our county, before forming any opinions.

Roach

February 9th, 2011
9:08 am

If only the weather were as predictable as this column.

Tell The Truth

February 9th, 2011
10:39 am

@ Double Action,

This is what I’m referring to.

http://www.mycountypaper.com/claytonnews/headlines/94893159.html

“As she walked across her front yard, nearly 50 years later, Lucy Huie pointed to the spot where people burned three crosses in front of her Jonesboro home, in protest of her support for keeping public schools open during the era of desegregation…………….”

DoubleAction

February 9th, 2011
4:13 pm

Tell The Truth :( ( “@ Double Action,

This is what I’m referring to.”))

http://www.mycountypaper.com/claytonnews/headlines/94893159.html

Truth; I already read this auricle and many more, but, the cross burnings was probably done by mischievous teenagers.

Quote ” We were all amazed that, as a woman, she stood up to the Klan ”

Show us the proof that Lucy Huie stood up against The KKK.

“NAACP Office Hit by 2nd Firebomb
July 25, 1990| Associated Press
RIVERDALE, Ga.
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-25/news/mn-1004_1_naacp-office

This incident was rumored in Clayton County to be the work of The KKK, although it turned out to be committed by one 15 year old white youth.
Clayton County has never been a county that incites hate or racism; Otherwise, why would Black Americans want to come here ?
The Media is very well known for twisting the truth, to fit with the reader’s curiosity.
Blaming the entire white population of Clayton County, for the mischievous deeds of a few immature teenagers, is something that I feel the duty and responsibly to speak up about.

Tell The Truth

February 9th, 2011
9:52 pm

DoubleAction said, “Clayton County has always been a county of hard working law abiding citizens, until recently.”

More examples of progress. How many firebombs have we had recently?

In July of 1990, The Clayton County NAACP office was firebombed twice in 8 days by 3 white youth who were accused of committing other racially motivated crimes.

http://books.google.com/books?id=kVgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA35&ots=3Mva7iB5g5&dq=Clayton%20County%20NAACP%20Branch%20Firebombed&pg=PA35#v=onepage&q&f=false

I’m the last person to say that Clayton County is a perfect place, however, to insinuate that Blacks or Democrats are the genesis of Clayton County’s dysfunctions is truly a narrow view. Furthermore, by your lack of knowing of cross burnings in the yards of Black residents of the county during school desegregation is further proof that your opinions are solely based on one perspective. Do you remember these firebombings in the county? What about the KKK handing out leaflets on Tara Blvd., do you remember that? To many residents that do these things, Clayton (while not perfect ) has definitely made some progress.

PS- If your going to blame anybody for the collapse of the county, look no further than the commissioners that allowed everything from an abundance of apartments (over single family homes), bad deals regarding the airport (and our County’s cut of profits), to the lowest tax base in the metro area and C-Tran introduction (against the will of the citizens). Last time I checked, all of these guys named some buildings after themselves, moved out of Clayton (to the greener pastures of acres in rural GA) and left the county to deal with the plethora of messes that they made. But I guess just being “hard working and law abiding” doesn’t always equal political sophistication.

kallen

February 10th, 2011
8:38 am

“Show us the proof that Lucy Huie stood up against The KKK.

The Media is very well known for twisting the truth, to fit with the reader’s curiosity.
Blaming the entire white population of Clayton County, for the mischievous deeds of a few immature teenagers, is something that I feel the duty and responsibly to speak up about.”

Without going into too much detail, I recently got a chance to speak with Mrs. Huie in depth and there was absolutely, positively no doubt in her mind that the KKK was responsible for those cross burnings on her property. She presented proof, and this info is well documented at the GA National Archives right in Morrow. Just to clarify, these were adults committing these acts, not “mischevious teenagers” Mrs. Huie’s story has been reported several times by reporters of all races. They all can’t be trying to feed into folks curiosity simply to sell newspapers.

Roach

February 10th, 2011
9:14 am

If the white community as a whole had been positive and inclusive and caring, we would not have had school segregation in the first place. Do we have minutes of school board meetings where any of the white school board members demanded integration, before the issue was forced down their throats? I know that there are black politicians who play the victim for personal gain, and politically connected “black-owned businesses” that collect unmerited profits from minority partner programs, but there is also an ugly past that is still within living memory–and a today that doesn’t always look so great, either.

Investigator

February 10th, 2011
9:21 am

Until this mudslinging ends, Clayton County is doomed to failure. Still fighting over race, instead of putting politicians feet to the fire, and demanding they raise this county out of the ashes.

DoubleAction

February 10th, 2011
10:03 am

Tell The Truth :”I’m the last person to say that Clayton County is a perfect place, however, to insinuate that Blacks or Democrats are the genesis of Clayton County’s dysfunctions is truly a narrow view.”

Tell The Truth ; You said this, I didn’t.
“What about the KKK handing out leaflets on Tara Blvd., do you remember that? ”

On most Saturdays, I was on the Baseball or Football fields in Forest Park with my family and if the KKK was present on Main Street, they was just passing out literature for donations. I was already a Labor Union Member and a Member of The Forest Park Athletic Association, plus, I had a lot of Black American friends that I was associated with.
Your assumptions about my words is lopsided and off key; To say the least. :)

Pennie Sue

February 10th, 2011
11:46 am

Black History is being made everyday! Black acheivements are being made everyday. Even with the advent of a forum like this that feature by a black lady is remarkable, even if it seems to sometimes get highjacked by those with questionable objectives. Please go out and read the “Get Schooled” article today! It contains some very good information, in some cases schocking! Just to think why this county allowed its schools to lose its credentials is in hindsight is proof positive that there was more behind it than adults not getting along. Now, that was Black History for Clayton!

OutStanding

February 10th, 2011
5:04 pm

Think people who learn their history are destined to advance themselves and knowledge to their offspring. It use to be a time when we allow rich influential folk to tell us who and how to vote for, now we vote our conscious and its paying off for us. Look at our president trying to working for all the people. Look at how our new elected officials are working hard for us under these unprecedented hard times bought on by the greed. Today, I heard how the people in the majority under the gold dome have hired their kin in record numbers. Now we remember how heard how the influential folk cries about how the once destitute elected officials try to help employ their own. Please think of yourself and your own because others won’t; be wary of elected officials who look like you but think like and take instuctions form the rich influential folks. Keep your head up!

Tell The Truth

February 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

@ Double Action,
I used the word ‘insinuate’ to describe your statement because of the inferences that you make. Furthermore, I don’t think anybody here has blamed the entire white population of Clayton County for anything. If so, please quote it for clarity.

HamptonRoads

February 10th, 2011
11:11 pm

No one can deny the grave injustices of the past, but, given the makeup of this county nowadays, I highly doubt folks should have any excuse to “blame whitey” (after all, they’re GONE, for the most part!). *looks under rocks*: no KKK here! Now, the BIG question is: what to do about the black folks killing black folks? When are we going to “look in the mirror” to solve our own problems? Funny how it seems so easy to blame things on somebody else when we turn a blind eye to what we’re doing to ourselves. The race thing is getting mighty old…

BTW: don’t get it twisted: I am truly proud of our contributions to this great nation and glad to call America “Home”…

Investigator

February 11th, 2011
10:45 am

HamptonRoads

You are correct. The race thing is getting old, and I am done reading this blog until the children quit throwing mud at each other, and decide its time to grown up, and act like they have some sort of intelligence, and education. They seem lacking in both.

Roach

February 11th, 2011
2:20 pm

Look at Egypt. Essentially unarmed protesters oust a dictator who had held power for 30 years. Look at Egypt and tell me that people can’t bring about change. Be ashamed of your cowardice. Make a better future right here.

Tell The Truth

February 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

@ HamptonRoads,

Read my P.S. to DoubleAction.

There is a context to everything that has changed in Clayton County. It’s not about blaming the former politicians (or residents) for all of the current problems. However, I will not let them off the hook for their role in creating an environment that allowed these problems to exist.

It’s not a race thing, its a money thing. When Clayton was a majority white county, politicians robbed the public and made horrible decisions. Now that Clayton is a majority black county, politicians are still doing the same thing. Race only comes into the conversation when some people want to act like Clayton was pure as snow prior to the arrival of the black majority.

2Dpoint

February 13th, 2011
9:09 pm

Back to the purpose of this segment which I believe listed a few special events taking place this month in recognition of Black History Month. Hope many of us take advantage of it and work from there to improve our conditions in this county. This month is hardly any different from the other 11 because giving reverence to the sacrifices of our ancestors and passing it forward to the future should be an every day effort. If we fail to recognize or act on that, we face the consequences.

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WTF2

February 15th, 2011
8:50 am

@hampton roads

In case you did not notice, whites commit crimes against whites, but I never hear the term “white on white crime.” Jews commit crimes against Jews, Catholics commit crimes against Catholics, poor people commit crimes against poor people, rich people commit crimes against rich people.

Unfortunately, there are self hating Blacks who can only focus on the negatives in the race as a way of separating themselves from other Blacks. They wear a badge that says, “Hey I am different from them, so you can accept me, I deserve white inclusion and validation because I am different. You know the kind that say with so much pride, “We are the first and only Blacks in the neighborhood, my child is the only Black in the school or I am the only Black on the job.”

Crime is crime regardless to who commits it. Blacks are no more criminal than Whites. Yet, they are judged far more harshly by society, and sad to say, by some themselves.