Nicquel Terry Ellis USA TODAY Published 12:30 PM EST Feb 12, 2019 ATLANTA – The Confederate soldier presides over Piedmont Park, a lonely but still heroic figure. The Civil War has ended; now an angel is guiding him to lay down his rifle. Atlanta's Peace Monument, erected in 1911, honors the Peace Mission led by Southerners to reconcile with the North after America's deadliest conflict. What's missing is the reason that Confederate leaders seceded from the United States and attacked it in the first place: to preserve and extend the enslavement of African-Americans. The reconciliation it depicts is between the whites of the South and the whites of the North – it has nothing to say about black Americans, their experience with slavery, or their struggle for equality and justice. For that reason, the Peace Monument in recent years has been the target of protests and vandalism. And it's why civil rights leaders and public officials in this … [Read more...] about Atlanta working around Georgia law that protects Confederate monuments
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Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 6:24 AM EST Jan 29, 2019 ATLANTA — More than any other singular reason, the world’s biggest annual sporting event is here this week because of a sparkling new stadium and a city that was willing to generate hundreds of millions of tax dollars to help pay for it. And Mercedes-Benz Stadium is indeed an architectural marvel with its distinct angular panels on the outside, a roof that opens and closes like an oculus and a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree wraparound scoreboard. Visually striking and functional, it will eventually host every major national event from the Final Four next year to likely the World Cup in 2026. “It’s the finest sports and entertainment facility in the world,” said Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council. In the same breath, the venue that will host the 53rd Super Bowl is also a monument to Atlanta’s unique proclivity for building new stadiums at great public … [Read more...] about Super Bowl: Atlanta’s stadiums can draw big events but at what cost?
Five years after cars, trucks and school buses became marooned on Atlanta freeways in what became known as "snow jam," another winter storm is threatening the city — just as thousands of fans begin pouring into town for Super Bowl LIII. A winter storm watch goes into effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday for Atlanta, a city known for grinding to a halt even in relatively light snowfalls.Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday said state offices in more than 30 counties in the northern part of the state would be closed Tuesday, including those in the Atlanta area.The National Weather Service projects that up to an inch of snow is possible Tuesday in Atlanta, with up to 2 inches in far northern suburbs. Forecasters warn of the possibility of ice-glazed roads and highways.New England Patriots fan Pamela Wales of Quincy, Massachusetts said it's the potential for ice that concerns her most. During her visit to Atlanta this week, local television footage reminded her that Atlanta and ice don't mix … [Read more...] about Atlanta braces for winter storm ahead of Super Bowl LIII
Pop sensation Rihanna has reportedly turned down the chance to perform at the fabled Super Bowl halftime show, in solidarity with NFL outcast Colin Kaepernick and his protests over social injustice in the US. The Barbadian star, 30, is said to have been approached for the slot at next year’s Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, but rejected the offer. READ MORE: Backlash after Louisiana mayor 'bans Nike purchases' amid Kaepernick row “The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told US Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” The Grammy-winning singer of hits such as ‘Diamonds’, ‘Umbrella’ and ‘Work’ has so far not commented on the reports. Pop-rockers Maroon 5 have reportedly been signed for the Super Bowl half-time show instead, … [Read more...] about Rihanna ‘snubs Super Bowl halftime show’ in support of Kaepernick
The city council of Georgia's capital has voted to replace the word "Confederate" in two street names with the word "United.", U.S. News reports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Atlanta City Council unanimously voted Monday to change Confederate Avenue and East Confederate Avenue to United Avenue and United Avenue S.E. Another street named Confederate Court was voted to be renamed Trestletree Court. The council voted to have the names changed by the end of the month. Critics say the change was an attempt to erase part of the South's history. The measure heads to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and will become law if Bottoms signs it or ignores it for eight days, allowing the signs to be replaced by December. Councilwoman Carla Smith says a ceremony is planned for Martin Luther King Day. Follow Trend on Telegram. Only most interesting and important news … [Read more...] about Georgia City Votes to Change ‘Confederate’ Roads to ‘United’