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A nonprofit created by former Tall Tales Book Shop owner Marlene Zeiler has received quick and generous support from the community. Zeiler announced the creation of Children Read in September with a goal to collect books for children in need in Atlanta. New, used and even those in need of a little repair are welcome for children in pre-school and kindergarten.
Zeiler’s most pressing need was a warehouse space to store all the donated books. Thanks to the generosity of her ex-landlord at Toco Hills, a space behind Fidelity Bank on North Druid Hills Road was made available. Donations of books can now be dropped off there. Call (404) 237-2017 or email email@example.com to set up a drop-off time.
“We have a table set up to sort and repair books, but we need more tables and folding chairs,” Zeiler said.
Shelves are being built and students from Lovett School and local Eagle Scouts have already volunteered their time. Zeiler said churches, women’s groups and other organizations have donated books and book bags. Zeiler wants to give each child a bag filled with 15 books they can keep forever.
“We need people to spread the word about the call for donations of books and we’re planning to put out some boxes for donations,” she said. “We also want to create a logo, so anyone who can help with that should get in touch”
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UPDATE: Cheryl Lowery, daughter of Evelyn and Joseph Lowery and Executive Director of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University, released a statement to the public on her mother’s funeral plans.
“At this time, the family is finalizing plans for my mothers home-going celebration, as we are committed to making it an occasion that will commemorate the life and legacy of this giant of a woman. We continue to thank the community for its continued outpouring of love and support. Once arrangements have been finalized, all official communications will continue to be released by Larche’ Communications on behalf of our family.”
Since the announcement of Evelyn Lowery’s death on Thursday, regards and statements of support to the Lowery family and those close to her have poured in from around the country. Lowery, the wife of civil rights icon Joseph E. Lowery, and a seminal figure in the struggle for civil rights, herself, passed away at her home in the early hours of Thursday morning, a family spokesperson said.
She suffered a stroke on Sept. 18 and was rushed to a local hospital where she was held by doctors in critical condition. After informing the Lowery family that Evelyn had suffered “irreversible damage” and that they had done all they could, doctors released her to be at home. She was 88 years old.
In response to Evelyn Lowery’s passing, the NAACP released the following statements from Chairman Roslyn M. Brock and President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:
“A pioneer and champion in the civil rights movement has passed on,” said Brock. “Evelyn Lowery’s leadership was essential to the longevity and power behind the movement for equality. Ms. Lowery was a drum major for justice in her own right. Her spirit lives on in the initiatives she founded and in the activists she mentored across the nation.”
“Today, we mourn the passing of a champion for civil and human rights,” said Jealous. “Ms. Lowery’s foresight and leadership pushed the envelope of what organizations like the SCLC and the NAACP could do for women and families. Her legacy lives on in the coalitions she built and the strong foundation she laid. She was a hero and will be truly missed.”
Evelyn Lowery, who marched with her husband from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., as part of the struggle for equal rights, also founded SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc.) to champion the rights of women, children, families, and their ability to respond to issues affecting the community. Through that organization she spearheaded education and mentoring programs, HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, and built coalitions and alliances with various women’s groups across the globe. She also created the Drum Major for Justice Award, which recognizes awardees for their contributions to the civil rights movement and achievements in their professional fields.
Janice Mathis, Vice President for Legal Affairs at Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who oversees Atlanta’s branch of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s organization, also issued a statement on Lowery’s passing.
“In many ways she was ahead of her time,” said Mathis. “She recognized the scourge of HIV as a moral issue long before the Black church embraced it. She insisted on honoring the history of the civil rights rebellion when few understood its significance. But for me she was a woman out of time. Or beyond time. She achieved something many women find elusive – a successful marriage and the freedom to chart her own course and speak with her own voice. She is a role model for my generation and for the ages.”
In addition to members of the civil rights community, politicians from around the state of Georgia extended their condolences, including members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Ms. Lowery, a civic leader who dedicated her life to selfless service for women and children. My thoughts and prayers are with her family,” said House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. “Mrs. Lowery annually hosted the Drum Major for Justice Awards, but it is she who led the way. Her legacy will continue to live on through SCLC/W.O.M.E.N by inspiring women all over the world to continue fighting for equality. I am honored to have known her. She transformed lives, including my own.”
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement on news of her death:
“Mrs. Lowery was a devoted mother, wife and friend who exemplified the strength of purpose that has marked the life that she and Dr. Lowery built and shared throughout their more than 65 years of marriage. Her life’s work fighting AIDS, preserving history, protecting the health and welfare of our communities and her tireless efforts strengthening black families is her legacy. America has lost a great patriot for truth and justice. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Dr. Lowery, their children, and the family.”
John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, also released a statement on Mrs. Lowery’s passing, noting:
“Our hearts are heavy upon learning of the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Lowery today. When you think of Mrs. Lowery, the quote that says behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman comes to mind. While her husband, Reverend Joseph Lowery is a civil rights icon in his own right, Ms. Lowery was right there by his side in the fight for racial equality as founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Our prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Lowery and the Lowery family and we express our deepest condolences.”
Upon her death, her husband, Joseph E. Lowery, also issued a statement.
“My beloved Evelyn was a special woman, whose life was committed to service, especially around the issues of empowering women. She was a wonderful mother and wife and I thank God that she didn’t suffer any pain and that I was blessed having her as my partner, my confidant and my best friend for close to 70 years. I will miss her each and every day, but as a man of faith, I know that she is with her God,” he said. “My entire family has been overwhelmed by the continuous outpourings of love, support and prayers that have come from across the country and we ask for your continued prayers over the next few days.”
No funeral arrangements have yet been made, but both a private funeral and public viewing are expected.
More than 7,000 individual and corporate volunteers will converge on 63 project sites on the morning of Saturday, October 5, 2013 to tackle some of Atlanta’s most pressing needs during the 23rd Annual Hands On Atlanta Day. Under this year’s theme of “I Left My Mark”, volunteers will work on projects at schools, parks, and non-profits doing work ranging from building restoration to tutoring to landscaping to mentoring. For the first time, this year there will also be a video contest to allow volunteers to show how they are actively leaving their mark on Atlanta. The best entries will be shown on handsonatlanta.organd social media pages.
“Our goals beyond the immediate work of the day are to really ignite a passion for volunteerism that lasts throughout the year, and ultimately to create many lifelong community volunteers” said Hands on Atlanta CEO Gina Simpson.
Notable projects among the 63 in place for Hands On Atlanta Day include:
· Friends of English Avenue (550 Lindsay Street, Atlanta 30314) – Volunteers including Mayor Kasim Reed will come together to cleanup and landscape the two-mile parade route in the English Avenue community.
· Covenant House of Georgia (1559 Johnson Rd NW, Atlanta, 30318) – Delta Air Lines employees and Force For Global Good volunteers will gather at this local nonprofit that helps homeless children find new hope. Mayor Reed will also be at this location.
· Golden Living Center-Briarwood, Volunteer Spotlight: Billie Pendleton-Parker (3888 Lavista Road, Tucker, GA 30084) – Golden Living Center-Briarwood is a nursing care facility supporting seniors with round-the-clock care, social activities, and rehabilitation services. As longtime volunteer Billie Parker said, “It’s because of the care that the “angels” working there bestowed upon me that I regained my strength, appetite, ability to walk, my desire to thrive.”
For more information and ways to get involved with Hands On Atlanta Day, visit www.handsonatlanta.org/hoad2013 or call (404) 979-2800.
Mayor Kasim Reed celebrated the official launch of the Centers of Hope Initiative Tuesday with Atlanta City Council members, city officials, corporate sponsors and community partners at an event held at the Center of Hope at Ben Hill.
At the launch, Reed announced an expanded partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and initiatives to increase enrollment at the centers. The event served as the latest phase in a three-year effort toward fulfilling Mayor Reed’s promise to re-open all of the recreation centers and convert them to state-of-the-art, comprehensive learning centers with structured academic, character and recreational programs.
“I grew up in an era when recreation centers were essential components to youth and community development,” said Reed. “I am living my dream, in part, because of advantages afforded to me in my neighborhood. I know first-hand the importance of a center of hope.”
Reed added, “With the help of Atlanta’s business and philanthropic community, we are serving hundreds of Atlanta youth and providing facilities that nurture academic success and character development.”
“I am proud that as a city and as a community, we are giving our full support to a place where children can feel safe, supported and where they will be reminded each and every day that there is a village working to make sure that they succeed,” said Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, District 11.
Of the 33 recreation centers, the City of Atlanta has created 10 Centers of Hope, high-performing recreation centers with enhanced youth development programming. Those locations are: Adams; Adamsville; Bessie Branham; Grove Park; Peachtree Hills; Ben Hill; MLK; Rosel Fann; Pittman; and Thomasville. These 10 centers were identified based on geographic and demographic criteria. More than 90 percent of young people in the city live within 2.5 miles of a Center of Hope or the Chastain Arts Center.
“The City of Atlanta continues to maintain and invest in the remaining 23 high-performing recreation centers, which all have community access, athletic league play and also provide an opportunity for specialized community programming,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “Some recreation centers provide programs emphasizing a specific theme including the therapeutics program at Coan Park Recreation, the teen program at Dunbar Recreation Center in the Mechanicsville Community and the Culture Clubs for Orchestra and Choral Group at Gilbert House and South Bend.”
In 2011, the City of Atlanta partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) to open the first Center of Hope in Thomasville Heights. As part of an expanded partnership, the BGCMA will now serve as the primary partner at three additional sites including the Centers of Hope at Adamsville, Ben Hill and Pittman.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with the City of Atlanta and can’t wait to welcome new kids and teens to our programs,” said Missy Dugan, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Through our shared vision, we are able to deliver programs that prepare our kids for great futures and give them the skills necessary to achieve academically, live healthy lifestyles and give back to their communities.”
Reed also announced initiatives to increase enrollment at the Centers of Hope. As part of daily programming, the Centers of Hope will now serve healthy snacks and hot meals to hundreds of the city’s most vulnerable youth. For a 180-day school year, more than 140,000 meals and snacks will be served to over 800 students participating in the program. In partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, transportation will now be provided from 38 schools to the 10 Centers of Hope locations. In an effort to assist families with registration costs, the City of Atlanta will offer a discount to teens that purchase a $ 5 “ATL Teen Club” access card. For teens (ages 13-17) that purchase the card, the Department of Parks and Recreation will waive the $ 50 afterschool program registration fee. The offer is available for a limited time and valid at all Center of Hope sites and Dunbar Recreation Center.
The Department of Parks and Recreation also announced plans to provide free Wi-Fi at all 10 Center of Hope locations. The Center of Hope at Ben Hill is currently wired and ready for use. The nine remaining sites will be completed by December 31, 2013. In 2014, the department will launch a program that will provide free Wi-Fi program at all 33 recreation centers.
Following the ceremony, Reed led dignitaries and community partners into the Center of Hope at Ben Hill’s new two-story, 7,000 sq. ft. expansion, which is expected to be fully completed by Oct. 15. The expansion includes a game room, multipurpose room, teaching kitchen and activity room.
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