Looking back at meaning of writing Jabari Simama Speaks I thought as we end another year, the year of 2019, you might find of interest how others reacted to Jabari Simama Speaks columns. First, this year over 4,000 individuals read at least one column. This is up from 3,316 in 2018, an increase of 17%. […]Read More What do Meria Carstarphen, Jay-Z, Benedict College Have in Common?
One Black Man Reacts to Impeachment of 45th President “When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: ‘In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?’” Elijah Cummings My grandmother’s mother was a slave. My grandfather was a sharecropper who never received his 40 acres and a mule. My mother, Ida Scott […]Read More Dancing with Angels
Why black community needs Complete Streets My wife and I are over 60-years-old and we are avid tennis players, bikers, golfers, walkers and we practice yoga at least twice a week. We live on the westside of Atlanta where we have resided for more than 40 years. We welcome the new Complete Streets (CS) renovations […]Read More City Hall: Don’t Stereotype Black Atlanta
The wrong party got locked up (or down) Last week, the so –called 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, organized in 2015, gave the 45th President of the USA its Bipartisan Justice Award at the 150-year old HBCU, Benedict College, where I once worked as vice president of community development and external relations. I would have been […]Read More 45 Trumps HBCU Benedict College
Death of former Black Panther takes me back to butterflies and bulldozers Recently, I received word that my old comrade/antagonist Bill “Pee Wee” Winston had died. Winston, a former Black Panther, later became a youth minister with Young Life, Inc. (YL), a nondenominational Christian youth organization. He was a good man with whom, at times, […]Read More Old Radicals Never Die
Guest column by Former State Senator Vincent Fort (Note: The views expressed in this column are those of Senator Fort and not those of Jabari Simama Speaks. Fort indicates he is a consultant for the Georgia Federation of Teachers) Thank you for beginning a thoughtful conversation regarding Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the future of the […]Read More Meria Carstarphen believes she has divine right to position
The need for intergenerational dialogue between Young Turks and Old Guard A specter of change is engulfing Atlanta, a sunbelt city that for decades has been promoted by marketers as a “city too busy to hate.” Because of the number of African Americans, black millionaires, HBCUs and educated Blacks from around the country and world […]Read More WHERE HAVE ALL THE OLD GUARD GONE?