IMAGINE 5050 CHAMPIONS
Originally created as a part of the City of Atlanta's Resilience Strategy, Imagine 5050 brings communities together to envision a racially equitable metro Atlanta region. We are beginning by celebrating everyday stories of resilience.
When we considered how to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination, we could think of no better way than honoring those who have championed the ideals of his legacy each and everyday in metro Atlanta communities. Over 75 people joined us on April 4, 2018 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Together, we will be highlighting people and organizations living out Dr. King's legacy in their everyday life. The following Imagine 5050 champions spotlighted here, attended our initial launch.
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Archbishop Kirby Clements, DDS
"Hope is knowing the difference between a challenge that is temporary or permanent." - Bishop Kirby Clements
Dr. Kirby Clements Sr. has served in ministry leadership for more than 30 years as a prophet and archbishop of churches in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. His writings and ministry have focused upon the mission and government of the church. His abilities as a negotiator have enabled him to bring guidance and crisis resolution to ministries at all levels of their development. His insights concerning gifts, callings, and ministry functions have been invaluable to churches, conferences, and summit meetings .
Eriqah Vincent, Just Energy Portfolio Manager
I am passionate about working with communities across the south, starting with Atlanta to create fair infrastructure opportunities and elevate the voices of the people and communities muted by institutional racism.
Na'Taki Jelks, PhD, MPH, Board Chair
Michelle Schreiner, Board Chair
I am passionate about removing the barriers that get in the way of our teen girls' ability to thrive and reach their greatest potential. We are fighting for their safety and well-being and we appreciate the community's support in continuing this important work.
Deborah Nicholson, Principal Consultant
I am most excited and passionate about engaging the possibilities and potentialities of being in the world.
Executive Director and President
As a person in long term recovery who has a heart for the lost and those who are considered last, I am passionate about rescuing people.
Assistant Chief Curtis Clemons (middle) with Major Everett Spellman (left) and Major JD McClure (right)
Curtis Clemons, Assistant Chief of Operations
At this time I am most excited and passionate about reconnecting with the community and local law enforcement for social and political change. The trust between the community and local law enforcement is the foundation of a successful and vibrant future for all citizens and it must be cultivated.
Folashade Alao, Principal Program Specialist
Regional Leadership Institute
This is a critical time in our region's history and I am happy to support and partner with people who are doing amazing and powerful work. Our region is dynamic, and diverse and collectively as well as in our own spheres, we can move the region with a new vision of community that are equitable, economies that are innovative, and cities that are livable.
Regional Member Services Coordinator
I am most excited about the opportunity to collaborate on transformative work for the Metro Atlanta area with like minded organizations. Though it may come with challenges, this is the most rewarding work of my life. I believe that the power of togetherness will take us far.
Cicely, Garrett, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience
Adria Kitchens, Executive Director and Co-Founder One Small Change Inc
Jenn Graham, CEO and Co-Founder, Civic Dinners
Dietra Hawkins, CEO and Principal Consultant, Both And Partners and Co-Founder, One Small Change Inc
Toni Ethridge (not pictured), Board Director and Co-Founder, One Small Change Inc
Hello and welcome!
We are so excited that you are joining us on this Imagine 5050 journey. Over the past several months, we have worked to create an appropriate space and container for the metro Atlanta community to engage this important conversation around structural racism. We recognize that it is by building relationships and being willing to have courageous conversations that we will begin the process of dismantling the harms that structural racism has caused all of us. We are passionate and committed to doing the hard work of this! We hope that you will join us and we look forward to working with you!
From the Imagine 5050 Team!
Cicely, Adria, Jenn, Dietra, and Toni